Review: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent #1) 
Veronica Roth
496 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  LOVED

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.

  In this stunning, fast-paced start to a trilogy, Veronica Roth leaves readers breathless and gasping for more. Divergent is the epitome of dystopian young-adult literature. It comes as no surprise that this unbelievable novel is a debut.

   The first thing that crossed my mind when I was about to start this 486 page book was: I am going to find out what all this hype is about. I wasn’t sure, because many books that were (and are) overly hyped became a huge disappointment to me – particularly because they were… well, hyped.

   I can say this: not a single line of Divergent disappointed me. I can say more, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you, because Divergent is all about surprises.

   And it was all thoroughly fast-paced, one second I was holding my breath as Beatrice stands, about to make her decision, during the Choosing ceremony, the next, I’m finding out eye-widening secrets about Beatrice’s mom. The world Veronica Roth envisions in a future Chicago is frightening and full of danger and threat – just how I like my dystopians to be.

   There were a few parts here and there when I could compare Divergent to Matched by Ally Condie, but that’s where all the comparisons stop. Because Divergent is unique, through and through.

So when Divergent, Veronica Roth’s unputdownable debut, releases on May 3rd, one day b  efore my 18th birthday, I suggest you rush to the bookstore as fast as you can – this is one train-ride you don’t want to miss ;)

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April 24, 2011



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    April 25, 2011

    Great review!!!! This book just makes me happy thinking about! :D

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    YA Book Queen

    April 25, 2011

    Awesome review! So glad you enjoyed this one :D

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    Lindsay of VioletHourBR

    April 25, 2011

    I can't wait to read this one! GREAT REVIEW!

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    April 25, 2011

    Oooh I can't wait to read this one. Awesome review! :)

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    Miss Page-Turner

    April 25, 2011

    I love your review, especially when you say that Divergent is all about surprises. It's important that the events are not spoiled, so you did a good job with your review.
    Where did you see similarities to Matched?

    Check out my Divergent review if you like (of course 5/5 stars:))

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    Julia :)

    April 25, 2011

    CANNOT wait to read this one! I already have requested it from the Library so I can get it ASAP. Haha. Thanks for not giving away any spoilers in your review! It definitely got me even more excited to read Divergent. :)

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    April 25, 2011

    I love your review! Divergent is my favorite book of 2011 so far!!! lol

    Great review!

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    April 25, 2011

    Thanks for the review! I have heard so many good things about this one… I can't wait to get my hands on it! And I love how you threw your birthday in there. Haha… We might just have to get you a little something, now won't we? (Don't know why I used we… I am one… singular… it just sounded better).

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    I Read Banned Books

    April 27, 2011

    I LOVED this one too! So amazing!


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    We Heart YA

    April 27, 2011

    I read the 100-page sneak peek on the HarperCollins website, and now I really want to read the rest. Thanks for the great review!

    Btw, we are four YA writers and avid readers, and we just started a new blog to talk about YA literature. It's not so much book reviews as talking about different issues, trends, etc. We are hoping to connect with real teen readers, and we would love to see you there!

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    May 1, 2011

    I have joined in on the craze. I can't wait for this book. Another 5 star review. GAH!! Not too much longer.

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    July 28, 2011

    I've heard so much about this book and I also have been wonderful if it's all hype and will end up a disappointment. I recently heard so many people specifically say that it's NOT that I really do want it now. Great review!

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    October 18, 2011

    This was one of my favorite books this year. I too loved how fast paced it was. I can't wait for the next one.

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    Bonnie Regan

    April 14, 2012

    I so enjoyed this one… I JUST finished this a few weeks ago (what the heck took me so long? No idea.) Now I can be excited for Insurgent along with everyone else. :)

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    Alyssa Susanna

    August 9, 2012

    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! :)

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    Wren B.

    December 4, 2012

    Nice review and this book rocked my mind as well. It made me think what would I have been in Dauntless, Candor? I think we all know but it is hard to say sometimes what your heart already knows.

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    clipping path

    July 31, 2013

    Good luck getting people behind this one. Though you make some VERY fascinating points, youre going to have to do more than bring up a few things that may be different than what weve already heard. What are trying to say here? What do you want us to think? It seems like you cant really get behind a unique thought. Anyway, thats just my opinion. clipping path