Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth ★★★★

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Genre: YA Science Fiction/ Dystopian
Series: Divergent #1
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
ISBN: 9780062024022
Page Count: 487
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: Audiobook  
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: 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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

REVIEW

A great YA dystopian.

I'd seen many favourable reviews for this book before reading it myself, which is always a dangerous thing. Hype and hoopla surrounding a book can often lead to high expectations not being met. And although this wasn't quite as mind-blowing as I'd hoped it would be, it was still a very good, very well-written read, and has great potential for future plots.

I loved the whole idea of the different factions and how it forces our young characters to examine their own personalities and decide exactly what kind of person they want to be. The system initially seems to work well, although it's odd to our eyes, but soon cracks begin to show and insurrection seems inevitable.

There were a couple of great characters in there, including the main one, Tris, a girl with unique qualities and a great sense of honour, as well as others that were not quite as well fleshed out as they could have been.

It's quite a violent world for ones so young, but anyone who's read the Hunger Games will be accustomed to reading about those type of things by now. And they are also handled realistically here, which I appreciated.

Unlike the Hunger Games, which gets off to a very quick start and maintains a fast pace throughout, Divergent slowly creeps up on you instead, culminating in a fantastic tension-filled ending. The training section is long (perhaps overly so), but the plot twist at around 3/4 of the way through was thrilling and slightly terrifying.

The romance was pretty cute. The boy (I shan't say his name for fear of spoilers) is a total sweetie-pie, and admires our heroine despite her own insecurities about being so small/looking so young.

I will definitely be reading the rest of the series, but since I've heard Insurgent has a killer cliffhanger, I've decided to wait until book three comes along, which will be on September 26th 2013.

Recommended to fans of the Hunger Games and other YA dystopians.
4 Stars ★★★★

2 comments:

  1. Ahh I love your review, it makes me want to go ahead and re-read Divergent...but I musn't! Too many new books waiting to be read :) lol Anyways, I'm glad that overall you enjoyed Divergent, and I think you chose wisely waiting until book 3 comes out before reading book one >.< Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Thank you! I've heard the cliffhanger is pretty painful! :)

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