Jan 17, 2014

Review -- Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: January 1st, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 487
Format: Paperback, Bought

Goodreads | Amazon


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My Review:

Beatrice, aka Tris, feels like there is something missing in her life. Her family all seems happy in the life they live and don't feel the need to do more with their lives. Tris on the other hand doesn't feel this way. She feels like she is in a world that she doesn't know she belongs in. When her test results make her questions everything, she has to make the decision of which faction she wants, one she feels she belongs in or a life with her family whom she loves. She spends the next few weeks after this in initiation for her new faction. The question is, is this really who she is or did she just make a big mistake?

I have always been really iffy on Dystopian reads. I haven't read any besides Hunger Games. I loved that trilogy, but it also took me YEARS before I finally caved in to read it. It just didn't sound good to me. I am glad I read it though, and I have re-read it a few times since the first time. I had the same fear about Divergent. I know so many people loved the series so I figured it would be good, but I still felt like it wasn't for me. I started to read it for the movie. I am very glad I decided to read it. I couldn't put the book down.

I will no longer doubt Dystopian because I know I do like it. I just need to listen when people say it is good and just jump into the story. This book had me sucked in. I didn't want to do anything else but read it. I had to work throughout the week or had plans with the boyfriend at night, but my mind was always on the book. I know that sounds horrible but it is true. During my lunch breaks and when the kids that I teach were asleep for their naps, I was reading as many pages that I could get in. I then would run home to want to grab food really fast so I could read till I had to go to bed.

I love Tris. She is such a bold character. I love how she kind of works through everything in her head. She is rational most of the time. the few times she isn't, she still explains herself. I haven't read many books that go into the detail of their actions and thoughts so much. Tris grows so much throughout the story. She isn't the tiny little girl you would think she would be. She goes through a lot throughout this story and sadly I don't think it is going to change any time soon.

There are so many characters that you learn to love. Four...is amazing. His mysteries slowly come out through the books and I love that. I like having to keep reading to find out more instead of it all being thrown at you from the beginning. There is also Peter, which I wanted to stab him through most of the book. You will feel the same when you read it. Also there is Will, Al, Christina, Caleb, Tori, Eric, and a few others. They are somewhat side characters, but they all seem to be really important to the story. Some I haven't figured out why quite yet, but I am sure it will pop up later in the trilogy.

The majority of the book is set in the compound of the faction she decides to join. I won't tell you which one so you can find out for yourself. She does a pretty good job explaining the locations and what they all look like. Some of them I was a little iffy on exactly what she was looking at, but I still came up with pictures of my own take on the descriptions and used those through the whole story.

Roth does a wonderful job with the romance in the book. I am usually the girl who sucks up as much romance as I can get in the books I read, but this one has just a little romance. It gets a little thicker with it towards the end of the book, but it is still not over done. It is the perfect amount for me.

This book gets a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. I am mad at myself for waiting so long to read it, but it is also a great way to start out the new year. So far this year, all my books have been amazing. Divergent shattered my expectations. I am now on book 2 because I have to devour it so I can find out what happens next. We were left off in the book with a pretty big cliffhanger and I can't wait to see where it goes from here!

Couldn't Put it Down!!


  1. I waited until late last year (like November / December) to read it, so I'm with you at being mad I waited so long! Insurgent is just as awesome :D

    1. I'm scared about Allegiant. So many people say they didn't really like it. I hope it isn't the case for me!

  2. I read this one a year or two ago and it was so amazing! I loved the different factions and how the romance was slow and totally believable. The sequel is insanely good as well, but I haven't gotten around to reading the conclusion yet.

    1. I hope to start the final book this weekend and maybe even finish it. It is a pretty big book so it might take me a little while. I agree on the romance. It is pretty slow but that is how it tends to be, not rush right into like most books do it!

  3. Amazing review,I seriously can't wait to get this book!

  4. Awesome review thank you so much xx one of my favorite books of all the time xx


Comments are loved and appreciated :) Thanks in advance!!