June 20, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hardcover, 487 pages
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.

Oh my goodness.

I somehow managed to sleep on Divergent. The first time I ever paid any attention to it was in Wal-Mart, when I noticed it was on sale there and vaguely remembered seeing the cover around the blogosphere. I remembered it being a debut, and couldn’t help but smile at the fact that another debut author managed to get in Wal-Mart. (Weird? Maybe. I get giddy for the author when their books are on sale in Wal-Mart. Seems like a milestone!)

Anyway, when I saw it there, I decided to go read some reviews. And of course, the vast majority of them are positive, so my brain automatically jumped to “This will be too hyped up and I’ll expect so much and I won’t enjoy it because it won’t live up to that expectation and oheffit I won’t even read it.” But of course curiosity won, and I found myself wanting to read it. And then a friend whose opinion I trust said I should read it. Actually she demanded I read it. So I did.

This book had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. I fell in love with the characters, flaws and all. There is never a dull moment, not in one of the 487 pages. No words are wasted, every scene serves a purpose. It's brilliantly paced. I finished the book in a day, and while that used to be something I did regularly, it has been a long time since I’ve read a nearly 500 page book in a day. A. Long. Time.

I don’t even know what to say about it! I loved it so much and I’m absolutely speechless. Hours later, half a different book later, and all I can think about is Divergent. I cannot think of a single thing to complain about. Not one thing.

Think of all those words. Breathtaking, exquisite, fantastic, enthralling, amazing, thrilling, heartbreaking, intense, WOW. Take your pick, to Divergent, they all apply. 

5/5 Stars, although five is not enough!


  1. Divergent is in for me at the library and I can hardly wait to read it! I have heard so many wonderful things that I am really excited. :)

  2. It's fantastic, hope you enjoy! :)

  3. I seriously can't wait to read this one! I've had my eye on it for awhile, but like you, I thought there was too much hype and I'll wind up dissappointed. Glad to hear it deserves the hype!

  4. This book is awesome. I enjoy it as well.
    you can check my review here


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