23 May 2012

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Published: 3 May 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 487 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Dystopia

Source: Own library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

My Thoughts

I love dystopias, and I loved the idea of 'factions' based on personality traits and actions. Plus, the hype surrounding the release of the second book, Insurgent, had me curious.....

Divergent is a page turner, no doubt about it. By about page 5 I just couldn't put this book down - fascinated by the idea of factions, of making choices about where you belong in the world, and Tris's initiation into Dauntless had me gripping the sides of my sofa (figuratively, not literally, I can't read without my hands!).

I really liked Tris - although she made a choice based on a spur-of-the-moment decision, she threw herself wholeheartedly into Dauntless, despite her own misgivings about whether she had made the right choice and whether she could actually cut it in that faction. And I can completely see how so many readers fell in love with Four - tough and mysterious, all the while trying to help Tris succeed in Dauntless in his own unique, tough-love kinda way. The supporting characters, particularly Christina, also had me intrigued.

The world of Divergent is enthralling, but that's also where I found something missing - although the world-building is good for the time in which the story is set, unless I was so caught up in the story that I missed it, there wasn't enough 'why' and 'how' for me. I wanted to know the how and why the world came to be divided into factions.

Divergent is action packed and Ms. Roth's writing style is highly addictive - there's no putting this bad boy down to watch the evening news that's for sure. I will definitely be reading Insurgent and hoping for a little more history of the factions along the way.


  1. I also really enjoy learning the how and why of a society like what has been presented in Divergent, and hopefully without giving too much away, you can rest assured that you get some answers to question in Insurgent. It was highly satisfying in answering some of your questions, but also raised more questions at the same time. Although not in a frustrating way.
    Glad you liked Divergent. I love Insurgent just as much :D

    1. I want to read Insurgent, just to see if it does satisfy my world-building needs!

    2. It did for me. But it might be different for other people. Sometimes I am picky about the world building, and other times I'm not. It didn't bother me in Divergent until I was afraid we weren't going to get an answers in Insurgent, because it's being dangled in front of you the whole time. I was afraid it was going to become one of those absolutely no answers until the very end of the series.
      And you get more Four :P Haha. I really loved Insurgent just as much as the first though :D

  2. I loved this book! I cannot wait to read Insurgent. I need money desperately to fund my crazy habit.

  3. I haven't read this one yet, although I'm a bit concerned I won't like it after all the fuss. Hopefully that won't happen though.

    1. I'm 'one of those people' that often DOESN'T read a book because of all the hype. But I'm glad I read this one!

  4. I still have to read this one and I'm still number 225 of 516 on my library's hold list. Glad that you liked it though :)

  5. I just read and posted about Divergent too! Here's my link, I hope you can check it out.http://sandyfarmer.blogspot.com/2012/05/divergent-review.html

    I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it! I just finished Insurgent today, but haven't had a chance to review it.

  6. I'll tell you why the world divided - Chicago politics. lol

    Yeah, sounds like little if any back story. Looks like something to check out nevertheless.



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