Review “Divergent” – Veronica Roth

September 5, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 5

Review “Divergent” – Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Published on: May 3rd 2011
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 576
Series: Divergent #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: eBook

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 This book is part of the Divergent Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Divergent (Divergent #1)
Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent #0.1-0.4)
.The Story(summary from Goodreads)

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.


Initial Reaction

I apologise for the very crazy hair, I had been rolling round in my bed for like 3 hours reading previous to filming this. I also noticed how big my forehead looks in this. I will try to get a little less of it on the screen next time!


My Thoughts

I bought this book about a year ago and starting reading it immediately. I don’t know exactly what happened, whether I was distracted by something or simply forgot to carry on reading, but I never got further then the first 2 chapters. Since then I have never again got round to reading it until this week. I had been holding back, avoiding it for some reason, but I forced myself to read it, knowing that once I got into it, i was going to love it. I started reading it at about 10pm, I finished it at 2am.

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.

If you have read and liked the Hunger Games, then this book is definitely for you. It’s not the same story, but it’s the same kind of theme. Dystopian world, segregated into desperate factions (districts in HG) and a strong female lead.

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.

This book follows Tris as she leaves her faction and transfers to Dauntless. We follow her through her initiation and therefore get to watch her discover who she is and what she is capable off. I found her to be a likeable character, and she earns girl power points throughout the book when she starts to kick ass! Her romance interest, Four, is originally introduced to us as Tris’ trainer, and its takes her a while to become aware to his feelings for her all the whilst we are shouting at our books for her to notice!. As part the initiation Tris and her friends must get put through simulations of their worst fears, but we also get to see Four’s. The fact that he is not perfect and slightly vulnerable makes him even more love able.

“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.”

The initiation process for Tris is extremely difficult and Roth writes her action and fight scenes so well that when I read it I could see everything that was happening with the action, in my head, as if I were watching a movie in my mind. I know that some people have complained that this book felt like one long initiation, but I really enjoyed it and didn’t feel like it was dragged out at all. It was a good speed, flowed nicely and kept me pulled in for a good 4 hours until I had finished.

“I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”

My one criticism of this book would be that the whole time you are reading this you can feel something building up, you know that something is going to happen, which is does, but then before you can get stuck into this big thing that has happened the book is over. I get that the story is going to carry on into the second book, but still, I all just happened a bit quick for my liking.

“I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent.”


Final Thoughts

A great start to what I can only imagine is going to be an action packed trilogy, with a great mix of characters for me to love and hate. Going to start reading book 2 immediately!

Re-Readability: Yes

I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Dystopian, dystopian worlds, rebellions, strong female leads, weirdly organised societies, the hunger games

Rating Loved it.5…..

Have you read Divergent?

Which faction do you think you would end up in?


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5 Responses to “Review “Divergent” – Veronica Roth”

  1. Sam

    I thought I recognised this summary, I’ve been wanting to watch this film for ages. I didn’t realise it was a book. :/
    Will have to have a read then. Hannah you are making my book pile grow! Ahhh xx

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Yes, a very good book. I only remembered that I had it when I saw the film trailer and knew I had started to read something similar! I would definitely recommend reading it before watching it! Let me know what you think!

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