Book View: Divergent

Book View: DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 25th 2011
Pages: 487

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.

Short & Sweet: I know, why haven’t I read Divergent until now? Was it the movie that finally prompted me.. maybe, but I finally read it. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed it, I really liked Tris and Four and I’m a little worried about seeing the movie since I didn’t picture either of them looking anything like they do in the movie. Divergent didn’t blow me away though, maybe I’m a little dystopian-ed out. I liked Tris and her growth in this book, though I worry for the relationship she is started with Four in the next two books. The action is also great, moving a rather thick book along quickly and making for a much quicker read than I initially thought it would be.

Final Verdict: I’m a bit weary moving onto the next book because I hear they are not as good from here on out, but I will have to see for myself. I hope Insurgent still focuses in on the overlying plot without too much focus on the relationship. Overall, Divergent delivered what was expected – a dynamic plot with dystopian elements and a blooming love plot with a dreamy and rough around the edges love interest.

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5 responses to “Book View: Divergent

  1. I also only got around to reading Divergent once the movie was about to hit the theaters. I don’t regret it, though. I loved every minute of it. Whilst I am not a big fan of Shailene Woodley, her portrayal of Tris was… ok. Theo James on the other hand, I loved! Whilst I didn’t picture him as Four initially, I was completely sold on it by the end of the movie. Also, after going back and reading Tris’ description of him in Divergent, I realize that Theo looks just like him – down to the description of the nose and ears!

    As about the next books, you are right! They aren’t as good as Divergent. Insurgent, especially, is a hard one to get through. Allegiant gets better, though. Nevertheless, the books are still a great read and I can only recommend them! 🙂

  2. I may be the only person in the entire world who has not read this book and enjoyed it, though I am glad to see a review that isn’t saying how perfect the book is. I just couldn’t get into it. I have picked it up several times over the past three years and really given it a fair shot, but I could never get past the first 40 pages. The writing was dry to me. I didn’t fall in love with the characters. Maybe the genre just isn’t for me, though, as I didn’t see the hype in The Hunger Games, either, though I did read that whole trilogy.

  3. This wasn’t my favorite series but I really liked it. I did start it before it became “huge” so maybe that’s why I enjoyed it more? I don’t know. I don’t remember loving Insurgent but Allegiant was very good. I think I’m one of the few people I know who loved how the series ended. I definitely encourage people to read through the series, but unless you cannot go another day without knowing what happens next, I’d say don’t rush yourself.

  4. Alyn Y

    I really enjoyed this book too. Like you, I finally got around to it after watching the movie. I hope you enjoy the next two books. I haven’t gotten to them yet but am kind of wary because like you, I’ve heard mixed reviews.

  5. Lisa

    I have to say that Divergent was my favorite book in this trilogy. I felt that Tris did the most growing and maturing in this book, and seems to reverse that in the second and third. Glad to see that you enjoyed it! I hope you enjoy the next two books as well!


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