Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Thursday January 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm |

Publisher: Harper Collins
Copyright: 2011
Published: May 3rd, 2011
Pages: 487
Form: Paperback
Author: Veronica Roth
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One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties…forever.

When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice, she cannot foresee how drastically her life will change. Or that the perfect society in which she lives is about to unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romance.

One choice can transform you.

My Thoughts:

Simply put I LOVED it. I will admit this book started off a little slow for me, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. Beatrice has grown up in the Abnegation faction. A people who value selflessness above anything else. So while she’s led a pretty peaceful and safe life, she can’t help but be bored and drawn to the excitement of the other factions. Finding that she cannot be classified as any faction, she settles on dauntless but has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. Through the initiation process, Tris discovers her weaknesses and strengths, makes new friends, and falls for a dauntless leader known only as Four.

As a female lead I really loved Tris. Being that this is a dystopian novel I anticipated an unfeeling and cold female lead and was prepared for that. But I was pleasantly surprised with Tris. Not that she was the most forthcoming or emotional girl in the world, but the girl had some real feelings and some warmth and affection towards those she cares about. I loved that she has to grow to be more open about her feelings towards her friends and family, but that she does indeed grow. I also love her vulnerability, and the fact that she cannot be defined by any one faction.

But the best thing this novel gave me was Four. Le deep sigh. I swooned whenever he was around and fell in love with him right along with Tris. I love his quiet strength and intelligence. His protectiveness towards Tris is cute and charming, but what I love most about him was that he was willing to share his fears with her. His vulnerability and openness with her made him even more lovable and endearing. He is definitely my kind of guy because even though he can reveal his weaknesses to her, he is ruthless when he has to be. That is quite sexy to me.

Secondary characters in this book are also great. Whether I liked the character or not I felt they were all well developed and fleshed out. There was no question about who they were or their intentions. My favorite had to be Tris’ mom. From the first time we meet her I just felt there was more to her than what was presented at first. And she turned out to be bad-ass! I just wish she had been able to provide Tris with more answers.

The story itself was wonderfully written and progressed naturally. It wasn’t perfect, but it certainly kept my attention. I was caught up from start to finish and loved watching Tris discover herself as well as her growing feelings for Four. Overall this was an excellent story with mysterious elements that I cannot wait to explore in the next installment. If you’re into dystopian novels, then you should definitely pick this one up.

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18 Responses to “Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth”

  1. Kat C says:

    I was reading this for Bout of Books ! I’m only on like page 10. It’s not going so well, (the bout of books, not Divergent) but, I am going to read Divergent for the next Read-A THon. I’m glad to hear it is good. I had a moment when I realized Beatrice was this Tris person the internet was talking about.

  2. I’m so glad you loved it! I can’t wait for Insurgent to come out.

  3. Cutie review. I’m so glad you loved it and it shows. I need to try this book.

    Best part of the review: “le deep sigh” 😉

  4. Missie says:

    “Le deep sigh.”

    LOL, Jade. Now you sound like me when I’m swooning over boys in books. I have yet to read this book, but Four is a popular choice for MBB so I’m already in love with him and have read a lot of his charming quotes.

    I also like the sound of the vulnerability of Tris. It’s great to have a female heroine who is strong but also has a heart. 🙂

    Excellent review. I’m looking forward to giving this book a shot.

  5. Yay! So glad you loved it! 😀 I totally loved it too (as you might know already), especially Four as well! Loved your review. ‘Le deep sigh’ indeed! Really cannot wait for the sequel.

  6. Brie says:

    I’m so weary of all these new dystopian YA books, because I feel like they all try to ride on The Hunger Games’ coattails, but this one is a book that everyone seems to love. I’ll add it to my TBR pile, but I think I’ll wait until all the books are out so I don’t suffer the terrible wait!

    • Jade says:

      I thought that too at first. But I’m finding that many of them are nothing like THG except for the fact that their world is a bit dark or organized by government. Divergent was a completely different story. So I’m willing to give other a go.

  7. YAY!!!! *cheers* I’m so happy that you loved this one like I did (and he rest of the blogosphere LOL!)! I totally agree with Tris being the perfect heroine, because she was so kick-butt yet also vulnerable and caring so it was easy connect with her. And Four… Oh my gosh, Four!! One of the best book boys out there! <3

    Awesome review, Jade! Now we just have to wait forever until Insurgent comes out… LOL! x)

    • Jade says:

      Yes! I was so glad to see a dystopian girl with some feelings and emotions. And Four was one of a kind. And I agree, the wait for the sequel will be forever!

  8. This is another novel that been on the back burner. I’m not really interested in reading this genre of novels however it has gotten good reviews so I did place in on my back burner list with other novels such as the hunger games. Your review read well and did spark some interest toward the book for me. TTYL.

    • Jade says:

      Sidne, you should really give dystopian a try. Even though they’re kind of dark, the stories of these kids are amazingly heartbreaking. I’d suggest starting with The Hunger Games though. That was an EXCELLENT book.

  9. lian92 says:

    I didnt find Tris that compationat towards others, i felt she was a little to selfish i prefer Katniss Hunger games , Penryn s Angelfall and Saba s Blood red Road do what ever it takes to save your loved one attitude,

  10. […] Sort of Beautiful… As a female lead I really loved Tris. Being that this is a dystopian novel I anticipated an unfeeling and cold female lead and was prepared for that. But I was pleasantly surprised with Tris. Not that she was the most forthcoming or emotional girl in the world, but the girl had some real feelings and some warmth and affection towards those she cares about. I loved that she has to grow to be more open about her feelings towards her friends and family, but that she does indeed grow. I also love her vulnerability, and the fact that she cannot be defined by any one faction. […]

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