Divergent by Veronica Roth

Friday 18 May 2012.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Published: 3rd May 2011
By Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 0062024027
Target Audience: YA

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Having read so many good reviews for this, and then, all the hype that surrounded Insurgent, I decided I had to see what all the fuss was about. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Beatrice lives in the Abnegation faction, where everyone is selfless and puts others before themselves. But at the age of sixteen, she takes an aptitude test and can choose a faction for herself, based on her results, at a Choosing Ceremony. But her results don’t go to plan. She is warned to keep them secret, as it could be very dangerous for her if they get out.

When I read about all the different factions, Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite and Amnity, I thought I would never be able to keep up with them all, but I was worrying for nothing and had no problems at all.  Veronica is an extremely talented writer and I really liked her writing style. She kept it simple and it just flowed along easily. Her world building is amazing and the descriptions are so illuminating.

Beatrice (Tris) is the main protag here. For the first couple of pages, I felt I wasn’t going to like her. She seemed weak and compliant. But that was just her abnegation showing and she is actually quite awesome. She is brave and intelligent and her character grows and learns so much in her new faction that she is just admirable. She copes so well with all that is thrown at her even while unsure of how her friendships lie when they are all competing against each other.

Four is also an awesome character. Unfortunately, from reading reviews I knew where this went but I would have loved to be going into this blind. I think I might have seen Four differently. Whereas, I felt that I shouldn’t know whether he is good, bad or trustworthy, but I had a good idea of where things were going with him. I loved the way the romance was played out though.

There are a good number of secondary characters in this book too. They are all written really well and add depth and tension to the story.

The ending of this is where most of the action occurs. It is totally awesome. Things take a turn for the worse and there are some tense moments. Tris really shines and we see how much her character has really grown and that she will be someone to be reckoned with in the next book. I’m really excited to see how things will progress with Four and how they will deal with the devastation that has been dealt to the world that they live in.

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Christine Rains said...

The book was great. The world building was amazing. So many possibilities for that world.

Giselleco said...

Awesome review! This was such a fun book and adrenaline filled. I love Four too he's a great male lead and the romance is believable even in book 2. Hope you love it :)

Nicola said...

Great review, Suzanne!  I loved this one too. ;) Here's hoping Insurgent doesn't let us down! 

Elodie RASO said...

Awesome review :) !! I loved this book and I'm glad to hear you did too Suzanne !! Insurgent was pretty good too but my expectations were pretty high though and I ended up being a bit disappointed .. 
Sorry to hear you read spoilers before reading the book .. I hate reading a book and knowing what's going to happen :( !! That actually hapened to me once with Mockingay by Suzanne Collins and I was really pissed .. 

Dublin was soooooooooooo awesome btw. I got back a few hours ago and loved it. I couldn't visit much unforunately as I didn't stay long enough. I saw my room (which looks great) and Trinity College is stunning :) !! I  can' t wait to go back .. Are there often book signings of YA authors in Dublin ? 

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Glad you finally read this. I dragged my feet a bit at first but it landed on my best of 2011 list. This book is an adrenaline rush. The villaians are so vile. Tris and Four are awesome. I will be interested to see what you think of Insurgent. Are you able to identify with a faction?

Monaliz said...

I have this next in my tbr- pile, first I have to finish The Chronicles of Nick #1, but after that, Divergent! And it's about time, I've had this waiting to be read for ages :/

Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

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