Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent #1)

By Veronica Roth

Release Date: February 28, 2012

Source: own copy

Goodreads Summary: 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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Review: I first watched the Divergent movie in February this year, and honestly, I was hesitant to read the book. I finally pick it up to read on my trip to Myrtle Beach in June. Over the course of that week, I read about 100 pages. Then, on the drive home, I read 100 more pages…IN ONE DAY. That’s when I fell in love with this book!

First off, the characters in this book are amazing. Veronica Roth’s development of the characters throughout the book drew me in and I could relate to so many of them. This is probably predictable, but my favorite character was Four. Besides the fact that I had a major book-crush on him, he really is the best character. He wants to identify with all of the factions, and isn’t that what we all want? In our lifetime right now, I could not pick just one faction!

This young adult, dystopian book is definitely my favorite of the genre. I have read The Hunger Games trilogy (and loved it), but I just feel like the characters in Divergent are so much richer and involved. Roth’s writing is also incredible in that I flew through this book! I never got bored and I always wanted to see what was on the next page. I love that this book has something for everyone – action, romance, secrets, humor… you name it! I know the movie is already out, and it’s very popular, but if you haven’t read the book, you really should!

Rating: 5 stars!

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