Review: Divergent

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

by Veronica Roth 
Series: Divergent #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 3, 2011

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


Okay, I've finished it. Yes, I'm not the last person on Earth who hasn't read it! I am so glad that I read Divergent. I thought maybe all the hype would persuade me to either like the book or hate it - depending on how it affected me - but I really chose to ignore the love and take my own stab at it. What happened? Well I actually really enjoyed the book! It is incredibly original with an addicting story. And I think that it's definitely one of the best Dystopians I have ever read.

The main reason why I liked Divergent was because of the original premise. It's about a future Chicago divided into five factions that determine the lifestyles of its members. You get a choice, but in the end the world is very corrupt. I'm not a big fan of any of the factions. I honestly would hate to live in this world. But that's what Dystopia is all about. It's a world in which there is social unrest. Veronica Roth has some great interviews about how her psychology classes in college led to the concept of Divergent. I would definitely suggest checking them out.

I'm not sure I one hundred percent loved Beatrice. She seemed kind of cold and mean at times, but I know it was her brave mentality. The times I did like her was when she was with Four, the male lead. Four's background has to be the best part of the book. Whenever he came up in the pages I was excited and ready to learn more. Boring, one-dimensional male leads are my biggest pet peeves in YA right now. Four is not boring. He's got as much depth as Beatrice.

What I didn't like in the book? I thought the pacing was kind of slow towards the beginning. It took a while to kind of kick up. I also had a hard time picturing things. It's hard to explain what was lacking. Maybe world building? Or tone? But I just felt like there was this missing piece to a bigger picture. I hope that Insurgent can fill it in.

The plot isn't that complex, and I'm sure you can guess what's going to happen by the end of the book. But it's a really interesting read that has some great character development. The ending is an emotional ride, one I was glad to take.

I recommend this book to lovers of Dystopia. That is...if you haven't read it yet. It's okay if you haven't! I'm proud to say that I'm a late-reader. I'll scream it from the rooftops! I JUST FINISHED DIVERGENT! AND I LIKED IT! Yes. That just happened.

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  1. I'm glad that you really enjoy Divergent. Fantastic review! :D

    Kari Po-Ku Reads

    1. Thanks! I'm glad I liked it too! Now I can't wait for Insurgent :)

  2. Whooo! Now you can get Insurgent and read it for me, since I'm too afraid to open my own copy! (I hate reading a sequel knowing the next sequel isn't out for another two billion years).

    I'm really looking forward to seeing Candor and Amity's faction headquarters/home bases. We saw Abnegation, Dauntless, and a little Erudite, but now it's time for the two lesser evil of the factions stand up! (I personally would have been in Candor, because honesty is the best policy, I believe)

    What faction do you think you would fall into or have picked during the choosing ceremony? Depending on what faction I was born into, I might even chicken out and stay with my parents. Especially if I had Beatrice's mom. (Reminds me of my own mom).

    1. Lol, I'll try to read Insurgent before you, but at my pace (which is slower than a turtle) I'll be done with Insurgent in two years :) I hear ya about reading sequels before the next book is out! I hate that, but luckily there are so many books I haven't read I have a ton of books to fill the waiting period.

      I'm looking forward to a little more world building. Hopefully seeing the other headquarters brings that. That's awesome that you'd be Candor! Honestly I think I would end up in Erudite just because I'm big on knowledge, but of course they have to be the evil faction! I actually would hate to be in this world. The entire time I was reading it I was like - no way in hell. Even Dauntless sucks! That's why I don't prefer to read Dystopia. Hunger Games is the same way. The governments are too awful. I need a Harry Potter world.

      According to Pottermore - I'm a total Ravenclaw. Which I take is the better equivalent to Erudite! Thanks for the awesome comments, Sallie!

  3. You're not the last person, I haven't read it yet:) I heard it's as good as the Hunger Games, so it's already on my wishlist.

  4. My cousin barely let me borrow her Divergent book today! I can not wait to read it and after reading your review I want to read even more.

  5. Yay! I'm glad you really liked Divergent! I think it's one of my favorite books of all time. I read it last year in June and simply loved it. I read Insurgent recently, and it is a great sequel! I love Divergent more becuase I love the Dauntless training and whatnot, whereas Insurgent is more of a free-reign, running-and-hiding kind of book. But I love both, and can't wait for Book Three! Thanks for the review! :)

    Alyssa Susanna

  6. I love Divergent too!
    I'm glad you like it. I think you should read Insurgent ASAP because it's also great. Can't wait for the third book to be released!