Saturday, 3 December 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Goodreads Summary: Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.
Why I Read This Book: I got interested in this book as many of my blog friends had good things to say about it. It is actually on my 2012 TBR Pile Challenge list, so I guess I jumped the gun a little bit on this book!

Review: I liked this book, it was fast paced, exciting, had likable characters, and ones to hate. The story wasn't exactly ground breakingly original, but it didn't stink of Hunger Games either like some of the reviews I have read. Tris acts a lot like a 16 year old girl would, regardless of her faction. Many reviews said there were plot holes in the story where Roth either added details that didn't fit, or added things that contradicted other details. To be honest, I was pretty wrapped up in the story, and didn't notice a whole lot of that. Once I read a few reviews with details, I did see what they meant, but this definitely didn't take away from the story for me, the mistakes weren't glaring - I am however by no means a critique, just a passionate reader ;)

I would recommend this to people who like distopian, and teen romance, and aren't bothered by a bit of descriptive fighting (and maybe descriptive heights either!) 



  1. I liked this one... mostly. My main issue is just that the creepy dystopian future society is so COMPLICATED I can't see it actually working. Like the first books in other similar trilogies (like Matched by Ally Condie, or Delirium by Lauren Oliver, or, yes, The Hunger Games) the ending leaves you wanting more. I totes recommend Matched, by the way. SO GOOD (and much less violent!)

  2. I am looking forward to the next one, I know what you mean about it being complicated and not working, but I guess that is what the story is about, the fact that it isn't working. I did notice that there is no timeline for exactly how long this faction way of living has been going on.
    And I haven't read Matched or Delirium yet, but I am looking forward to both! (Reading is suffering b/c of exams... :( boo)

  3. I think this needs to be bumped to the top of my TBR. I keep reading reviews that make me want to read this!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  4. Yes, especially if you have some free time over Christmas, as it is so fast paced, its hard to put down!

  5. I didn't notice the plot holes either, I liked too much the story and the action. Can't wait for the next book :D

    Happy midnight reading!