Thursday, August 25, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth
Harper-Collins; May 3, 2011
Hardcover, 496 pages


Divergent blew me away! I loved it, everything about it especially how the underdog exceeds everyones expectations, even her own. I think I'm the last person in the 'Book' world to have read Divergent by Veronica Roth and truly, I think all the hype was a big turn-off for me, in the sense that I would be incredibly disappointed by the book because it couldn't possibly be as fantastic as everyone was claiming. I was so very wrong and everyone who read the book and extolled its virtues was so very right.

A dystopian Chicago with five factions based on Honesty, Bravery, Intelligence, Selflessness and the Peaceful. Each person is completely devoted to their faction and distinguished by the clothes they wear, where they live and the outward behavior they display. This is a world unlike anything I could possibly imagine, five choices of a way of life---that's it! At age 16, they are tested and the test determines what factions they might serve best in. Beatrice's test shows an anomaly-one that would get her killed if it weren't for the reviewer who had reason to hide Beatrice's test score that shows she is Divergent. To discover what divergent means, you'll have to read the book! When the naming ceremony comes and Beatrice chooses Dauntless, her Abnegation family is shocked and her new Dauntless family thinks this fragile tiny girl won't last a day. The excitement of this book gets started and literally doesn't stop!

The plot revolves around Beatrice who renamed herself Tris when she left her extremely selfless faction, Abnegation to join Dauntless-The Brave. An amazingly drastic change from the life of Beatrice to the life of Tris and indeed, they are two people dwelling in the same body. To flunk out of Dauntless is to become factionless-worse than homeless because in our society today, the homeless have a chance at success and well-being. In Divergent, factionless is where you will stay until you die.

The most amazing part of this book and there is plenty of amazing, to be true, is the inner strength and growth that Tris draws on in order to remain in Dauntless. Tris quickly learns to love the life of the Dauntless, this is where she belongs, these are her people and she will do anything to stay here. She immediately connects with Four, the instructor who seems to always be watching her wherever she goes. He's the guy that all the women want but none can tell the tale and there's something about him that Tris can't put her finger on...

Divergent by Veronica Roth is non-stop action, mystery, danger, heart-break---it runs the gamut of emotions until you've gone full circle. I couldn't put the book down, I mean I literally could not put the book down! I had to know what was going to happen next and my curiousity was not sated until I finished the book and even then I find myself eagerly anticipating the next in the series. It literally cannot get here soon enough.

This is a One-Sit-Read, the highest honor this reviewer can give.


  1. I loved this book too! There was so much going on... even the side characters had depth and hidden stories, like Tris' brother and Four... I love Four

  2. Everything I hear about this book is great I am bumming that I haven't read it yet!

  3. I feel a bit bad cos I have been looking past this book cos of the cover. I know horrid me! And now I keep hearing how good it is

  4. I think I may be one of the few people who haven't read this! It looks so good though, I am definitely going to have to get to it soon!

    Suzanne @ Under the Covers

  5. I did the same thing, Blode! I was so sorry that I let it sit on my shelf so long. It is truly excellent!

    Suzanne, LOL, I thought I was the last one to read the book!

    Larissa---Read it! I think you'll really like it!

    mflick1-I know, Four is definitely dreamy!

    Maureen-it was a favorite of mine, too :o] I was so surprised that I liked it as much as I did! I really wasn't expecting that.
    I have an ARC of Divergent and still let it sit upon my shelf but I think Blode made a great observation: The Cover didn't grab me.
    I've cured myself of being a 'Cover-Lover' but in all honesty, I think the fact that the cover didn't 'grab' me may have had a tad bit to do with me not reading it right away :o]

  6. I loved this book! I can't wait to see where Tris' story goes in Insurgent! I was a little worried Divergent wouldn't live up to the hype, but dove right in for lack of anything more enticing to read. It turned out to be a great decision!

  7. I read this is one sitting too! Definitely my favourite of the year so far, I absolutely loved it! And So happy you liked it - fab review!

  8. Oh I think I need to finally get on this book. I mean another great review. I agree... a one sit read is such a high compliment. I so need to get it!

  9. So, prepare for an emotional impact of epic proportions, right? Okay! Will do. :)

  10. Spot on my love! I resisted buying this one. Said I don't like dystopians, but this one is unlike all the others! I loved it! Well, I haven't actually finished it, but what I've read so far, about half, I've loved it! I think b/c it didn't start off slow it just went BAM! Great author!! Great review!!

    Love ya, girlie. Stay off bikes, boats and boards!


  11. I LOVED this Book! I am so glad that you did too!! =D

  12. Oh I have this one sitting here! And soooo need to get to it. :) Thanks for the wonderful review. I really do need to get to it soooooon. ;D