23 April 2012

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Book: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 487
Source: Bought
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue in which 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 that 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.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series: dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Divergent, in one word, is phenomenal. An incredibly riveting read, I can happily say that I enjoyed this to the max!

I'm actually at a loss for words. This book was just that good. There were absolutely no flaws (well, for me at least) and everything was just perfect. Okay, I'll start off with the world-building.

Oh Veronica, Veronica, how I adore your world building skills! The different factions, the "perfect" society, everything was just so different! I can't recall ever reading something like this, and originality gets a huge A plus in my book. I also love how each of the factions each have their own distinct "personality" and each person in that faction strives to achieve those "personality" characteristics (which is through the Initiation ceremony). Although the idea may be simple, it's so much more than that. I can't explain it in words, if you haven't read, you'll just have to read and experience it for yourself.

The next thing to check off the list of awesome: Tris. Tris was awesome. Another bad-ass character (is this becoming a trend or just coincidence), she stands up for what's right and doesn't back down. She's brave and is level-headed, even when her whole world turns upside down. Of course she doesn't become (physically) bad-ass immediately, so she gets a little help from the swoon worthy, Mr. Four. Four is another well-written character, a crazy hot courageous man who's been through a lot before becoming the kind of person he is right now. He's kind and sweet towards Tris in his own ways, and the romance between the two is fantastic. There were many events that helped nurture their relationship and grow into a blossoming love, which I adore!

The plot was absolutely thrilling! Despite the slow start, it hits off into the action pretty soon and it only takes off even more from there. I loved the action scenes especially. Sometimes, I tend to find action scenes drag on a bit and then I end up skipping the whole darned thing. With Divergent, it kept me fully engaged with my thumb pressing "Next Page" on my Kindle like crazy! There were also so many surprises and shocks and I did not see any of them coming. This plot, in a word, was completely unpredictable for me, which I loved! I'm getting better at figuring out plot lines, but Divergent managed to keep me on my toes each page. The book wraps up with a great cliffhanger, with questions answered and other questions only left to be answered in Insurgent.

Exhilarating and breathtaking, Divergent captures the perfect image of what a good novel should be: a strong yet vulnerable heroine, magnificent world building, well-written characters, eye-widening twists, a flurry of gripping action scenes, and a beautiful slow-burning romance between two characters that will only capture your heart.

(Ahhh, I just realized my review is really long! Sorry guys ^__^;;)

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7 lovelies:

bookworm105 said...

Lol. I know right? I can't wait to get my hands on Insurgent and i totally agree with you of Four! Hehe. =D

Arianne Cruz said...

i have this in my wish list :)

Anonymous said...

Gah, I'm so glad I have this book on my list of books to buy with my birthday money! I remember reading the first few pages and think that it was a bit weird. BUT now I think I really should read it. ASAP.

I hope I can get to read it soon and like it as much as you did! :D

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The Story Queen said...


^ That's totally my first reaction whenever I hear Divergent. I'm so glad that you loved it, Gianna! :)

I really hope that the strong heroine thing is becoming a trend because I need more leads like Tris! She was totally in unfamiliar territory but she dominated it like a PRO. Of course, our lovely and amazing FOUR (<3333) was there to help so I suppose it wasn't toooo bad ;)


BTW: Your blog = adorable. I STILL need to read Perks of Being a Wallflower (that IS where the quote is from, right? If not, ignore me...)


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