Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica RothTitle: Divergent
Series: Divergent, Book 1
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: May 3, 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
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.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Why I Read this Book: I hadn’t heard of Divergent until I got the book in the mail. The first thing that caught my attention was the cover – it’s very eye-catching. I saw the word ‘dystopian’ on the back cover which made me anxious to read it. I’m on a YA Dystopian high right now and I just can’t get enough of this genre. I think it’s definitely here to stay for a while and as long as the good stuff keeps coming, I’m reading it.

What I Liked: Where do I start? Divergent is nothing short of A-MAZ-ING. And unfortunately, I don’t think my review could ever do this book the justice it deserves. I was thoroughly impressed that this book is the work of a 22-year old debut author. It’s extremely well-written and I was completely blown away.

Divergent is a heart-pounding, gripping read that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. It will leave you breathless. Literally. I actually found myself holding my breath at times. It’s a fascinating, unique tale in a post-apocalyptic world. Be ready for an adrenaline ride. There is incredible world-building in this book. The details were so visual, it just came to life right off the page. The author brought a cinematic feel to it all.

I wasn’t expecting this book to suck me in the way it did. Divergent is definitely a book you’ll think of long after you’ve read it. I just couldn’t put this book down. Cancel your plans. Call sick into work. Get a babysitter. There’s no putting this book down once you’ve started reading it. Divergent is a fast-paced, spellbinding read that will suck you in until you read the very last word. Then it just leaves you wanting more.

Summit has acquired the film rights for Divergent and all I can say to that is there better be a movie made, and pronto. This is definitely a movie I’ll be seeing.

What I Didn’t Like: There wasn’t much page time for one of the Factions (I won’t say which) but I am hoping we’ll see more of them in the next book. I’m kind of sad that we have to wait until next year for the next book and until 2013 for third book.

Overall Impression: Divergent is a MUST READ for fans of YA and Dystopian alike. Whether this is your 1st Dystopian read, or your 100th, just make sure you read it. This is a book that will forever have a space on my shelf and I can definitely see myself re-reading this. (And if you know me, you know I’m not a re-reader.) I’ll continue to pimp this book to the masses. Definitely one of my top picks for 2011.

Brianna’s Rating:
5 Frogs

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  1. I am glad you enjoyed it too! I love that every review I have read on this book has said it was basically amazing. It makes me happy because I LOVED it!! I agree - I think we will hear more from that other faction in the second book, and I can't wait! This is making me want to go re-read the book. Great review!

  2. Great review and I do think that will be seeing more of the of fractions and love the cover too.

  3. I felt the exact same way. For me this one lived up to the hype.

    And while we're seeing an onslaught of YA dystopian novels right now, there are a bunch of GOOD ones hitting shelves. In addition to DIVERGENT, Ann Aguirre's ENCLAVE was remarkable as well.

  4. Scoot - Everyone I know who's read it so far has loved this book. I was flabbergasted to learn that it was the work of not only a debut author, but quite a young author. I'll be re-reading this one closer to the release date of the next book. I want to take it all back in.

    Chelsea - I didn't have any expectations going into this book but it blew me away! I agree with you; there are some good dystopian reads hitting the shelf right now, including Enclave. That's another top pick for me.

  5. I keep hearing that it's good :D I really need to take a second, slower look at this book

  6. Glad you loved it. I've been wanting a copy but I guess I have to wait until release date.

  7. Shirley - wait no more. This book is out!

  8. This is one of my favourite books of this year so far so I'm glad you enjoyed it! I can't wait for the next one (actually I'm kind of itching to reread this one already).
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xoxo

  9. Great review!

    I want to read this one so badly. I have it on hold at my library, but with all the fantastic reviews I'm seeing I might just have to buy it here soon!

    ~ Sarah ♥ I'm Loving Books

  10. Great review! I totally agree -- this book kicks it into high gear and never stops for breath! I was on the edge of my seat the whoooooole time O_O I was blown away when I found out Veronica wrote it in college. Makes me feel like a slacker LOL. The next book isn't due till 2012?! NOOOOOO.

  11. I just got this! I can't wait to read it!

  12. I LOVED Divergent! I can hardly wait for the next it 2012 yet?! I'm actually working on my review of Divergent right now this very second. :)

  13. Great review! I'm reading it right now and I've been sucked in from the start, it's a shame I don't have more reading time this week!


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