Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review for: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Category: YA Dystopian.
Warnings: Violence.
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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.
First let me tell you that I have been looking forward to this book for months now, and even more after its release. I hadn’t seen any copies in my local bookstore, and I checked online for availability. On one lucky day I had the urge to go to the bookstore, there it was: the one and only copy of Divergent. [Insert SQUEE!here] I gasped and did a happy dance, receiving some strange glances from strangers, and tweeting excitedly, but it was all worth it.

Many people are comparing this upcoming trilogy with the dystopian trilogy, and though I agree that this book is competition in accordance to the seeping awesomeness the two series have, I have to say that Divergent and The Hunger Games are pretty different and similar, but in a way that you don’t realize it as you’re reading.

It’s hard to put into words how much you actually love a book. Nothing short of brilliant, I absolutely loved it. It fully lives up to the hype.

The characters were fleshed out beautifully, liked I actually got to know them, and even then, some of their actions weren’t totally predictable, which I loved. I also loved the main character, Tris. Relatable and strong, she has this wholeness to her. She’s someone I came to admire through the pages, because as the end draws closer, she eventually became fearless, as in, she learned to hide those fears and fight. Her new personality shines through with her friends, who add to the book’s charm. I also came to love Four. Even though he’s always cocky and dark, his is the type of character that gets stuck in your mind for much longer. It’s amazing how they both, Tris and Four, grew together as people.

The world of the five factions is still very intriguing for me. It seems very interesting, and I loved learning about the five factions, especially Candor and Dauntless. It was interesting to see how a world created for the good of human kind can slowly go back to the vicious cycle and evil erupts again.

As for Veronica’s writing, it was nothing short of moving, beautiful, and heart-stopping. She is incredibly gifted, and I am just as excited as I was for Divergent for the next. I can’t wait to see more of her amazing writing.

This book will leave you breathless. It’s probably going to be one of the best books of the year. Hats off to you, Ms. Roth.

I give this book 5/5 stars. Plus a bonus point.

have you read divergent? have any thoughts or comments? let me know!
enjoy! ~m

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who found the two series to be similar yet SO different! I just don't think it's fair to compare them (even though I do prefer HG)

    P.S. I found your blog on Crazy for Books' blog hop! Good reviews, and you have a new GFC follower!