Review: Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth


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.


Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: April 25th, 2011.
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I’ll be honest, it took me six months just to crack open the cover of this book and now I’m regretting every single minute of it because… IT WAS AWESOME!!! After a whole lot of persuasion from my best friend and the upcoming release of the film, I finally decided that it was about time I entered into Tris’ world. The one factor that delayed me from reading Divergent was its comparison to The Hunger Games. I really struggled to read first the Hunger Games novel and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with Divergent. This is the part where I tell you that I absolutely hate myself right now because I have delayed the inevitable of falling in love with Four. I will forever be disappointed in myself for waiting so long to read this book!

Not only did Veronica create such an intriguing new world, but the theme is consistent throughout the whole book. I really did feel like I was experiencing the world through Tris’ eyes. It was mind-blowing and incredible to feel every single aspect of the story just as Tris was experiencing it. I felt like I was her shadow throughout the entire book. This also is held accountable with the other characters; I feel like I got to know them all on a personal level as they entered Tris’ life. These kinds of attachments aren’t easy to let go of.

“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”

When a book is roughly 500 pages in length, there’s usually a point in the story that isn’t needed or makes the reader feel “bored”. This was not the case with Divergent, I was continuously astounded and thrilled from page 1 to page 489. I found it very hard to have to put down this book when life was calling my name. If I could, I would have read it cover to cover with no breaks because it enamoured me to the point of infatuation.

“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.”

There were so many twists and turns throughout the whole novel but they were expected in a way that made them understandable when they happened. There wasn’t a point where I had to question if something actually worked or made sense with the storyline. Veronica really knows how to give her readers that premature detail that later makes you understand when something climactic arises. I am in complete awe of her mind and way of thinking. This is not something that any normal person could conjure up in their head. This world is just like a work of art. Veronica is a true artist when it comes to her writing.

If only every single person in the world could experience this book just like I did. Not only was it amazing, but it opens your eyes to the possibility that this could actually happen in the future. I’m a strong believer of ‘if someone can think it, it could happen.’ Please DO NOT hesitate to read this book like I did because I do really regret it; it is so much more than a Hunger Games comparison. I can only hope that you learnt for my experience and fall intensely in love with the world that Veronica has created. It’s time for a Divergent rebellion… get to reading!

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

– Emily-Jane.


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