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Monday, July 23, 2012

Nick reviews Divergent

by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 3rd 2011
Edition: Hardcover 487 pages (purchased)

What the inside flap says...

     In Beatrice Prior's Dystopian Chicago, society is divied into factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-Candor (the honest), Abnegation (theselfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On a appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beattrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is-she can't have both. So she makes the 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 mighty destroy her.

WOW! I was really surprised by this book. Right from the first page, this books grabs you and pulls you in. The pacing was excellent. Very fast-paced and wasted no time diving into the nitty gritty of this story's dystopian world. I love this author's writing style. This author makes you feel the emotions the characters did when they went through them. All the characters in the story are very well written. Beatrice Prior, the protagonist of the story, is a very strong female character. Though at times she seemed kind of cruel, she was an excellent character that fought for the faction she believed she belonged to.

There were some small gripes here and there that I didn't really care for too much. Like I mentioned before, Beatrice sometimes came out like a jerk but I understood why she thought or said what she said. My main gripe was that I thought the initiation part of the book took a bit longer than I thought it should have taken. It did make up for it with an amazing last 100 pages. It just seemed like it could have probably been a bit shorter and hit the awesome part of this story a bit sooner.

Who would I recommend this to:
If you are any kind of a fan to dystopian YA novels like Hunger Games, this book is so easily for you. The idea of the factions keeping things "so-called" perfect in dystopian Chicago is intriguing. Especially since there is a bit of corruption going on under everyone's noses. I won't spoil it for you but it is very good. While this book has the label of being like Hunger Games or what not, it is very different from it. I enjoyed this book very much and I cannot wait to get my hands on the 2nd one. I also might have a crush on the author of this book. Oh Veronica Roth, you are so librarian adorable. Just don't tell my wife I said that. ;)


  1. Oooh, I love this book. I just finished reading Insurgent today. :)

  2. I totally agree with this review..Beatrice come off harsh sometimes but I think the author managed to make her really strong and still likable!I had trouble putting the book down, I stayed up until 4:00 in the morning reading it!

  3. Loved that book ~! I still havent read the 2nd...
    By the wayy~~ I tagged you all again. :D

  4. New follower.

    Your blog is great! And I loved this review. It was easily broken down and for me who is yet to read this book, it gives me a good impression along with everything else I've read as of what to expect.

    Will you be doing a rating system?

    Lovely review!

  5. As of right now, we are steering away from the rating system. We feel we can get more across about a book with words than with a point system.

  6. I keep going back and forth on this book! I feel like I need to pick up 'Insurgent' to have a more balanced view. There were a few things that left me confused in the story. You never really get an idea of how big the city is, it's implied that all the kids went to school together, but somehow they don't recognize each other, and how on God's green earth does Tris not recognize Four? Out of all of the things in the book, that was the one I found the least believable.