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Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

DivergentTitle: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Pages: 487
Date of UK Publications: 3rd May 2011
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My Thoughts:
I loved Divergent. It was literally one of my favourite books ever, and is definitely the best book I have read this year. It's better than City of Fallen Angels, and it's better than Delirium. It's amazing, epic, awesome. I loved it.

Tris has lived her whole life in the Abnegation faction. She's meant to be selfless, but sometimes she feels that she's not. In Tris's world, when you are sixteen, you choose a faction. And when it comes to Tris's choice, she does the unexpected. Her new life will lead her to new heights, literally. She'll face things she never dreamed of facing before, and things will get tough. But she can do it, if the faction she has chosen is really where she belongs.

I loved Tris. She was strong, independent, and determined to win. It's really hard not to say which faction she chose, but I'm going to try, though you may be able to guess...

At the beginning of the book, Tris is a selfless member of Abnegation, a person who will always put others before herself. It sounds like a very boring lifestyle, their clothes, their furniture, their houses, everything about them is grey and boring. But by the end of the book, she is a completely different person. She has a new name, a new faction, and a new boyfriend. She grows so much, and I don't know how she does it. If I had faced some of the things she had to go through, I would never have made it. Never. She's awesome.

I also loved Four. He was so sweet to Tris, and looked after her when she needed him. He saved her from many things, including almost getting killed. He followed her when she was scared, and was there for her all the time. He was awesome, but I have to say, I didn't like his real name. Four is much better. Just saying. :)

The plot was full of twists and turns, and was completely unpredictable. Everything surprised me, and I saw absolutely none of it coming. I literally had no idea. I was glued to the pages, needing to know how Tris coped with some of the things that happened, and needing to find out what would happen next.

Divergent is an incredible debut novel from Veronica Roth. It is so good, and I recommend it to everybody. It's been compared to The Hunger Games, and it might even be better. And that's coming from me, and I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games. Honestly, buy this book. You will not be disappointed.

My Rating:
I give it 5 feet!

2011 Debut Author Challenge #12
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #36


  1. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading it. I keep hearing great things about it.



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