Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veroinca Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: A+
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. (Goodreads)

What could one possibly say about Divergent? Veronica Roth is a talent to be reckoned with. I am speechless on what to say about this masterpiece of a book. It’s addicting. I could not put it down. The few times that I had to, I thought about it and could not wait to get back to it. I was consumed by its pure genius. Epic? Yes. Divergent is full of awesomesauce! Yes, I did just use that word. I think it applies right about now.

When Beatrice (Tris) enters the world of Dauntless initiation, her world is forever changed. From a girl rises a woman. She’s sucked into a life she never knew, never imagined, and maybe never wanted. The grass is never greener on the other side. If it is, well, it’s bogus. My jaw dropped numerous times throughout Divergent. From horror, to betrayal, to sadness, to amazement, Divergent has it all. Some books are so full of drama it’s unbelievable. Divergent, on the other hand, is full of the right kind of drama. I never once thought “Yeah, right!” I never once said, “Sure, like that would ever happen!” I always nodded and said, “Wow.” And then I said that a few dozen more times. Divergent left me stunned and captivated.

What surprised me the most about this book is why Divergent is called Divergent. I tried to get a clue from the synopsis, but all it alluded to was a “secret” and I wanted to know what that secret was. When I first read it I was pleasantly surprised by the meaning. It added an extra kick to this kick-butt amazing book. It perfectly sets up the high intensity and suspense, and definitely allows room for Roth to expand on in the sequels.

Another reason why I love this book is Tris. She has to be a favorite female book character of mine. She’s intelligent, brave, humble, and weak. Is that all? Nope. Not by a long shot! I say weak because some book heroines never seem vulnerable. They’re so strong and in their tough-girl element they forget to be vulnerable. I need a character I can relate to. I need someone I can see myself in. Even if I could never be as tough, I need to see that characters can be weak at times. Tris is everything I could ask for in a book character. 

Also, every heroine needs her hero. Divergent has one swoon-worthy hero, Four. Oh Four, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. One, you’re beautiful. Two, you’re strong and tough and every girls bad-boy dream come true. Three, you’re sweet enough without giving cavities. Four, you know when to admit you’re terrified...even when it will make you look less tough. This only makes you all-the-more amazing. Veronica Roth, I bow down to your genius. Four is love.

The gist, if you have not read Divergent you need to do so. Like yesterday! I squeezed this book to my chest multiples times and sighed. It’s certainly a MUST READ!!


  1. I am so excited to read this book! I can't believe I've put it off this long. Nice review!

  2. I'm so happy you finally read this!!! Ahhh! And I love your whole paragraph on Four, you are so right!

  3. from the description of the book, many parts mirrors life itself. Each day we have to choose and sometimes we wont know who our true friend are


  4. Divergent is awesome and I am happy you loved it too. I agree on the brilliant title. It's mysterious and intriguing, but t's totally relevant and makes so much sense when you read the book. 

  5. I  haven't read this yet, but heard so many praise I will have to read it. I like that it is as believable as you say. Great review!

  6. Ahh!! Right?! This is SUCH a great book! I LOVED it! I need to finally get my review of this up... :P But ya. I thought it was awesome & I loved Four & Tris! And I loved them together too!


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