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Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 487
Format: Bought
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Summary (From Amazon for once):

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.
My Favorite Line(s)
"My first instinct is to push you until you break, just to see how hard I have to press." he says, his fingers squeezing at the word break.  My body tenses at the edge in his voice, so I am coiled as tight as a spring, and I forget to breathe.  
His dark eyes lifting to mine, he adds, "But I resist it."
"Why..." I swallow hard.  "Why is that your first instinct?"
"Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up.  I've seen it.  It's fascinating." He releases me but doesn't pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck. "Sometimes I just want to see it again.  Want to see you awake."
"I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren't all that different."

Why I Loved It: I've had a hard time writing this review.  It almost seems like nothing I say could possibly be good enough for this book.  I hated school, work, and sleep.  They were all getting in the way of Tris's world.  Let's just drop all pretenses.  I was living in that world.  And I didn't want to leave.  My heart was broken as I came to the last page because the book was over, and my world was too cheery, too un-dystopian *not sure if that's a word*,  and Tobias-less.  Can there be anything more depressing?

Tobias was my sole reason for reading, breathing, eating, and sleeping this week.  He stole my heart faster than he stole Tris's.  He was perfect and makes me scorn the men around me for not being more like him.  Alas, this is where reading gets dangerous; when reading is more appealing than my own life, I start to think about counseling.  Oh don't judge me.  It's happened to every avid reader.

Ok so get past the boy.  What do you have?  Actually there is a lot.  Ms. Roth has created this huge world that can be overwhelming with mysterious tensions and secrets.  I kept forgetting that the story was only taking place in just the city of Chicago.  As I read, I could picture the broken city, jumping on trains, seeing the homeless.  It was so very real in my mind and was so because the details and storytelling is just incredible.  I felt transported into this whole other world, and I felt the secrets pulling and tugging at me to get answers.  My life was filled with adventure, and I never wanted it to end.

Who Should Read It: I'm not saying it's like the Hunger Games.  It's not.  But people who loved the Hunger Games will probably love Divergent.  It's true.  Dystopian fans, sci-fi meets action meets romance fans *if that's even a type* will love the book.  Really anyone who loves a great adventure and a good government cover-up is due for a date with this book.

My copy of Insurgent is pre-ordered.  I can't wait to devour it.


  1. Thanks for the review! I believe there is not a single book blogger with a negative review :p

  2. I loved this book! So action-packed

  3. I haven't read this series and personally don't think I will, but the movie looks great! I'll probably watch that instead.

    Thank you for the review!

  4. haven't read it yet! Looking forward to it!

  5. Great review! I loved this book, I haven't read the last one in the series yet but I will probably start it soon!

  6. This was a great review. Thanks for your take on this and I will be reading this soon.

  7. Thank you for this awesome review, I'll read it.

  8. Divergent is such a great series! Awesome review


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