Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Book Review: Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 3, 2011
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Literary's Views

Divergent was an action packed adventure with the drama, danger, suspense and a touch of spicy romance. All the elements that I look for in a great read was in this story and definitely pulled me in. I was curious and interested about the unique world with the different factions and how and why society was that way. It was kind of fascinating to go through Tris’s challenging journey of leaving all that she knew for the unknown to ultimately find her place and I completely connected with that. The emotions that she went through, the sadness, guilt, curiosity, bravery, fierceness, determination, love and so much more was so engaging and had me feeling them with her.

I really enjoyed the struggles and questions that was raised in Tris’s journey and the excitement with all of the crazy situations that she went though with the Dauntless initiation. I mean what they had to do was crazy and exciting and had me going “She has to do what?”. The danger was clearly evident though out the whole story. Then there were scenes where I questioned Tris and her choices, mainly being the fact when she found out the truth about her self and how dangerous it was. I thought she would take more precautions then she actually did during her initiations. I do give it to her though, it must have been hard to go through dealing with her secret and all the changes happening around her and I could see that she struggled. There were a lot of points where I went “Oh crap, she’s gonna get caught!” But I did enjoy the evolution of Tris as she gathered her courage to step out and find her way. Now Four, he was strong, mysterious, capable and dangerous. I really liked getting to know him and watch this tough high ranking Dauntless guy open up and soften to Tris. There was so much romantic tension between Tris and Four it was slow burning and the anticipation kept building at when they would get together.

Overall Divergent by Veronica Roth was a yummy story I really enjoyed. It was packed filled with non-stop action, vicious danger and adventure with a captivating world that kept me interested and turning the pages. Things didn’t end on a crazy cliffhanger but with an intense to be continued.

4 Stars

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