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April 15, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Date: May 03, 2011
ISBN13: 9780062024022
ISBN: 0062024027
BINC: 3256801
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.

I am loving all these Dystopian books! To think, I was so against reading them. I really don't know why to be completely honest with you. It only took one, and now I am addicted.

Getting right to the point, out of all the books I've read since 2011 started, Divergent is, hands down THE BEST book I've read this year. I wish I would have picked it up sooner instead of letting it sit on my bookshelf for so long. 

It's been a very long time since a book kept me up all hours of the night reading. I told myself so many different times to put the book down, and "one more chapter" kept winning LOL. I will admit that the first couple of chapters were a little slow and I did find myself losing hope, but everyone kept saying how great Divergent was, so I continued on. I am so glad I did because they were right.

Divergent is an astounding read that will leave you thinking and dreaming about it for days. You will get so sucked into Beatrice and her world, that everything else around you will go silent. It's so direct and fast paced, putting it down will not be an option. With a little taste of everything from suspense, mystery, action, to a very well developed romance between two very strong and prevailing characters. Veronica Roth's hits us with her YA Novel and hits us hard. I loved it and there really isn't anything else I can say besides that it's A DEFINITE MUST READ! 

5 out 5 stars! 

added: Just found out from Veronica Roth's blog that Divergent got picked up by Summit films! O-M-G this is going to be a GREAT movie (As long as Katherine doesn't touch it lol.) Yay! 


  1. I have been hearing such great things about this book. I am going to have to order it. I love books that keep you so glued you don't want to stop until it's over. That's awesome that it will be a film. Thanks.

  2. I haven't read this book, but I need to find another good Dystopian story.
    Awesome review! :)

  3. ohhh I have wanted this book sooooo bad. I love that it was set in Chicago, and this flood of dystopian has been the best thing since the shifter wave of last year. Thank you I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy even more.
    It was great to read your thoughts on it and thank you for no spoilers.

  4. After reading this review, it really did make me want to go out and read it. (or at least recommend it to my 16 year old. :)

  5. I'm so effing excited for this book to come out!!! Gah, I've been wanting to read it for months now. Excellent review, I hope I enjoy it just as much :) I've been waiting for that next big hit.

  6. Amazing review Damaris! :)

    I've honestly not heard ONE person say anything bad about this book - which tells me, it is a MUST read. Plus,I love dystopians and mystery/thrillers, so this is right up my alley! :D Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! :D


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  7. I'm so glad you liked it! Everyone I've seen so far has rated this 4 stars or above :P. I loved Divergent - I think it's one of the best books I've read this year! Great review, thanks :).

  8. Thanks for the revirwe. Looks like I just added another one to my wishlist.

  9. This is just amazing! I cant wait to get a finished copy!

  10. I have been wanting to read this i have looked at it and looked at it now im excited about it. Thanks for the review.

  11. I am so excited for this book. I have it pre-ordered at Amazon for my kindle. Can't wait for it!

  12. Great review!

    That's awesome that Summit picked it up! Makes me twice as excited! :)

  13. I have to admit, I don't understand exactly what makes a book dystopian, what't the definiton of dystopian? How is it different from urban fantasy? This book does sound interesting and I will definitely put it on my wish list.

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  14. Wow, the best book you've read this year. I'm so intrigued and I can't wait to read this. I've heard so much about Dystopian but have yet to pick one up and want this to be my first. Thanks for the great review!!

  15. I've heard amazing things about this book! You seem to only have good things to say about it, too! I really need to get it.

    Hahaha lol to the Katherine comment!

  16. Gosh, your review is really making me antsy to get my hands on this book. I've read & heard nothing but absolute positive praise for Divergent. I've been quite disappointed with a lot of the recently raved about YA fiction, but I have a feeling I will love this one.

  17. I'm wanting to read this one but I also want to read Enclave. I'm not sure which I should start first, but with this review, looks like I wouldn't be sorry if I started with Divergent. I'm really liking the dystopian books too.

  18. You have no idea how long i've been wanting to read this novel and here you most an awesome review that makes me yearn for the book even more. I hope they don't destroy the movie!

  19. I have really gotten into reading dystopian books lately too. I've heard nothing but great things about this book and your review is no different. I can't wait to read this!

  20. I am DYING to read this book! :D I've heard so many great things about it! :D Plus this review! hahah!

  21. I've heard nothing but fabulous things about this book. A definite for my wishlist.


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  22. I have really been wanting to read this ever since I saw the cover and hearing it's your favorite book of the year (so far) makes me want to read it even more. I love dystopian and the cover just grabs me for some reason.


  23. Wow this book must be good; Its not even out yet and its going to be turn into a movie!

  24. The beginning was a little slow for me, too. At first I was thinking, OH NO!! Everyone loves it and I'm going to think it's just OK!! But, it soon sucked me in and made a believer out of me! YAY!!!

  25. Andye, and we're both Dauntless!! LOL ;-)

  26. I can't wait to here this! I'm obsessed with dystopian novels, so this will probably be one of my new favorites when I get my hands on it!

  27. Agreed! Best book so far this year! It definitely rivals The Hunger Games. Can't wait to see it as a movie!

  28. I loved loved this book. Probably one of the best dystopian novels Ive read after Hunger Games. And Four....swoony!!!!

  29. One of the best dystopian books I have read so far!
    Fabulous review and I am now a follower of your blog!!

  30. I've heard so many great things about this book and I'm dying to read it! I'm thinking I may have to buy it very soon!

  31. I totally agree. I loved this book from the beginning. Great review!

  32. Thanks for the great review! I was iffy on my next TBR book but will definitely give this a shot:) I'm loving all the dystopian novels out there too!

  33. Divergent was an excellent story, and I am excited to read Insurgent. I am excited to see how the story develops and whether I will prefer it to Hunger Games.

  34. I'm very excited to read this book. Glad to find another review that likes it. 5/5 stars! Must be something. Thanks for the review :) Gets me pumped up


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