Thursday, June 30, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Review

Divergent By Veronica Roth
Published: May 3rd

Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
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.

If you’ve read any YA book blogs in the last three months or so, you’ve probably seen a stunning review of Veronica Roth’s debut: Divergent. Trust me, Divergent is so worth all the hype. I screamed like a maniac when I got my signed copy from a friend. Definitely on the top 5 of my favorite dystopian books of all time.

It was sort of like a combo of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but don’t worry, it was completely original.  Beatrice, the main character must chose a faction to devote her life to, but choosing isn’t always easy. Factions include Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. She’s dangerous. She’s different. And she’s Divergent!

*spoilers* I am warning you aren’t I?
She chose Dauntless! This shocks everyone, even herself. Her family is torn about this because her brother has also chosen a different faction. Being Dauntless isn’t easy and not everyone can make the initiation especially competing against the Dauntless-born for the top ten rankings. It’s even worse when everyone considers her a Stiff because of her old faction. But, Tris is determined to prove them that she has what it takes. She makes a few friends, but also manages to make a few enemies; all ready to do whatever it takes to be on top.

I love Tris and her character. Doesn’t the book world need more butt-kicking girls? I understand her and she’s easy to relate to, given her situation. Plus the romance is so cute! I won’t tell you who, but I love him. Drool-worthy! She also uncovers more secrets about herself and her faction because everything is not as it seems. I didn’t really like how it ended but I am eagerly waiting to read Insurgent, the next book in the trilogy. Divergent was not what I expected. No, it was so much more and I couldn’t help but run into surprises everywhere I went. And managed to reread it three times before I bought another copy so no one else could ruin my signed one. Trust me; pick up a copy of Divergent, you won’t regret it.

My rating: 5 stars!
Up next: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Angela Ackerman said...

I recently read this book and LOVED it. One of the best book's I read since the Hunger Games. Can't wait for the next one.

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

This was a great read!

Teens Read and Write

AliyaPM said...

I am so excited to get this book! I wasn't sure if I really wanted to at first, but the more I hear about it the more I want it. o.o

Maria Behar said...

Hi, there, Linda!

Hey, thanks for commenting on and following my blog!! I'm now returning the favor!

I love your review of this book, which I have on my TBR list. Yep, it's sitting on top of the mound of books on my living room couch, waiting for me to crack it open! It's just that I have SO many books I want to get to, and SO little time in which to do that....

Anyway, I really like what you have to say about this book. I can see that you're very enthusiastic about it, and that's contagious! Now I want to read it even more!

And there will be a second one!! TERRIFIC!!

Thanks for the review!! Also, CONGRATS on joining the blogosphere!! : )

Linda: By the Book said...

@AliyaPM Divergent was a great book and I'm glad you gave it the chance.

@Maria Thanks so much for the follow. I know what you mean, I feel like I'm swimming in my pile of books. Hope you enjoy reading it.