Sunday, February 24

Book Review: Divergent

Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Pages: EBook 311

Summary: 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.

My Rating: 8.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I was surprised on how much I enjoyed the book as it did start off a bit slow. Also, there's the fact that YA fiction usually isn't my cup of tea, but by the end, the book became a bit of a page turner. The story was the books strongest aspect. It was a interesting look into dystopian society and I enjoyed how the author explored it throughout the book. There's still a lot of information and secrets about the society that the reader is missing, which I think will be explored more in the next books, but I think the author did do a good job at building the society and exploring its characteristics. Wanting to know what was going to happen and what will be revealed next, had me wanting to read more and it was what made the hard to put down. The term "Divergent" and the taboo/mystery behind it was also what kept me reading. The ending was also well done and while I found some plot twists to be predictable, there were others that surprised me.

The characters were good, but they're not great. I had a lot of trouble connecting to them - although I usually have this problem with most YA novels. Trish does have a strong voice at times, but I did find that some of her development was forced - especially her relationships. Her relationship with Four is one of the example of this. I felt it was forced to further the plot along, rather to help further the characters growth and development - there relationship just didn't seem like it came naturally to me.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, a good balance between plot, action and character development, and well worth continuing the series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, this was a very impressive book. I enjoyed it a lot more than I ever thought I would. The beginning of the book was slow - but it is well worth giving it a chance. And those who enjoy YA fiction will enjoy the book as well.

What to read next: Insurgent, Hunger Games

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge,

2 comments:

  1. I loved this book. Of course, you have to keep in mind that you're reading a YA dystopia or else you'll get too critical...but as far as YA dystopias, I think this is one of the best I've read recently. Glad you liked it.

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    1. I agree with you there. It is one of the better YA dystopias - and YA Lit in general I've read. I enjoyed Insurgent a lot as well.

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