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Divergent

by Veronica Roth

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 17, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Divergent is rated 4.325 out of 5 by 120.

Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek ofInsurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, aDivergentplaylist, faction manifestos, and more!

In Beatrice Prior''s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are-and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofDivergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 in

Published: February 17, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062024035

ISBN - 13: 9780062024039

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from so much more than I expected Roth takes a very intriguing tone while writing this story. You feel like you?re in conversation with the main character, seeing the world from her point of view. She develops this world in a vivid and realistic manner that allows you to really see and understand everything. The entire novel is full of intensity. You can even feel it through the low key moments. It drives you forward, keeping you on your toes, trying to guess what will happen next and how it will all end. Roth has a very approachable writing style that draws you to the main character. You not only get to know her quite well but are drawn into her world. I really enjoyed seeing things from her perspective. You get to know Triss and Four in an up close and personal manner. The slow character development as they get to know one another and as Triss discovers who she really is was brilliant. It allows for complete development without stopping the storyline for an info-dump. The supporting cast was really unique as well. They filled out the story nicely. My overall thoughts? This was a brilliant novel that drew me completely into Roth?s world. I can?t wait to continue reading this series. I?m dying to know what happens next.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite a good read. I really enjoyed this book. However, just to warn you, there is A LOT (and I'm talking a lot) of action. So if you do not enjoy that type of thing, I suggest choosing something else. I would recommend this book to anyone ages 12 .
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book for dystopian lovers! In Dystopian Chicago, the Choosing Ceremony is celebrated when the young people of a community turn sixteen. This is where they choose which faction they will remain in forever. It was decided long ago to divide people into five factions to make, not only the people better, but society as a whole better. They are in place to discourage selfishness, wrath, deceit, ignorance, and fear. During the Choosing Ceremony, Beatrice decides to change her life. She chooses a life with the Dauntless. Upon arriving at her new home, she becomes someone new. She becomes Tris. However her choice isn?t merely to avoid a place she felt like she didn?t belong, she chooses Dauntless due to finding out she is something more?something she has been warned is a dangerous thing to be. Tris is Divergent. Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/review-divergent/
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad - A Bit Overrated I got the box set of Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant because it was on sale and I heard it was really good. When I started reading Divergent, I was a little disappointed - the storyline is really good, but you can tell that this is Roth's first book. A lot of lines are repeated throughout the novel and it's a bit predictable. Nevertheless, it is an exciting read. I recommend reading it just because Allegiant is AMAZING and it's worth getting through this book and Insurgent just to understand what's going on in Allegiant.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever I loved my book so much that I could only think of one con which is strong violence. I think this is a con because if an 8 year old for example wants to read this book they can't because it is not age appropriate for them because of the violence. Tris Prior the main character in the book lives in a city that is split into five factions: Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intelligent. On a certain day, all 16 year olds gather for the faction ceremony. They must take a test, which determines what faction is best for them. The fact that the 16 year olds take a test helps them in making their choice to which faction they belong to. Tris's results are equal for three factions Erudite, Dauntless and Abnegation and she is forbidden to tell anyone, or her life will be in danger since divergent people were being executed. This means she is Divergent, and it is exceedingly rare. She chooses Dauntless, while her brother picks Erudite. She meets her boyfriend, Four, in Dauntless. He is named Four because he only has four fears. He also tells her what his real name is: Tobias. Erudite ends up taking over Dauntless to kill all Abnegation, but Tris is from there, and her family is currently Abnegation. Because Tris is Divergent, she can do something about it. She figures out that her boyfriend, Tobias, is also Divergent. They work together and stop Erudite from killing all Abnegation. Tris risks her life for her family, which shows the Abnegation section of her. Erudite aims to kill her, but Tris is too clever. Beatrice doesn't really fit in with the selflessness of her birth faction, but she isn't sure she can leave her family and everything she's ever known for a different faction. Her brother is selfless to the core, so at least her parents will still have one child, but she's not sure if she's brave enough to defy expectations and choose elsewhere. Then her brother does the unthinkable and chooses a different faction. Beatrice almost lets that sway her into staying put, but at the last second she chooses to become Dauntless, leaving her parents without either child. The main characters involved in this book include Tris,Tobias(Tris’s boyfriend, Marcus’s son, and former Abnegation), Marcus (Tobias’s father) , Natalie (Tris’s Mom),Christina (former Candor), and Caleb who is Tris’s brother. They all play an important part in the book they are related to each other in some form or way, as in Tobias was a former Abnegation, and then transferred to Dauntless for the reason that his father was abusing him, which is one of his fears. This book belongs to the mature content section, due to the fact of the amount, violence and other content, for example the violence there was the fighting of hand to hand combat in the book, which then is further described in extreme detail. Some other examples include her fears which may require some viewer discretion. The book was a highlight itself meaning, that if one part came to an end another part would start and it wouldn’t be almost as if it’s slowing down and then starting back up. For, example once Beatrice found out that she was Divergent it was exhilarating with the amount of detail in the scenes, then right after came the Faction Choosing ceremony, in which one cuts their palm and let the blood drip into one of the five bowls representing the five factions, once they end the ceremony the initiation begins, with training about teamwork, physical and mental training, which never ends. Making it a great read There was a lot of good things in this book like how when you pick up the book you can't put it down because all the details and emotions like romance suspense and excitement makes the book come together. Since this is my favourite book there weren't many bad things to be honest there. We're some. Bad things like how there was lots of violence so some people can't read it because it isn't age appropriate. This book is a great insight the virtues of the human nature but on an individual standards, almost a game to survive, such as the Hunger games, with it’s own spin to it. The factions make sense and the environment and mores of each group as we see them fit their supposed founding principles well. The Dauntless initiation process is a bit disturbing, but it fits the story nicely. It's quite violent and gory for a younger audience, but it works in context.
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Of The Book "Divergent" By Veronica Roth Introduction This book, called divergent, is a bestseller by Veronica Roth, and will absolutely BLOW YOUR MIND! Have you ever read, the Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or any other dystopian novels like that, you will love this book. Evidence There is a world in where there is 5 factions. Erudite, smartness, Dauntless, bravery, Abnegation, selfless, Amity, peace, Candor, honesty. Everybody is given a test, then is decided to choose a faction. The main character’s name in this book, is Beatrice. She later on changes her name to Tris when she join the faction Dauntless, because her name sounds too weak while Tris sounds a little bit more sturdy and strong. The plot in this book is the best i’ve other than the book called “The Mortal Instruments”. There is many plot twists (Especially in the last book) such as her brother betraying her. One of the main part is the Erudite faction, launching an attack to destroy the Abnegation faction, a.k.a the battle for the ruling of the city. However most of the Abnegation died. Including Tris and Caleb’s parents. Conclusion In the end, I think this was a really AWESOME book, and is definitely worth your money. Go buy it right NOW!
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The World of Divergent Divergent is about a girl Beatrice Prior who has to conquer her fears and face life as it is, except her life is way harder than ours. She has to go through so much things we probably won't have to go through. She lives in a dystopian world, which is divided into five different factions. Abnegation the selfless, Amity the kind, Candor the honest, Dauntless the brave, and lastly Erudite the smart. As she goes through problems she meets great people. Beatrice is a very nice person she is okay with the life she lives until one day. The aptitude test, the day that you find out where you belong. At the end of the test, Beatrice’s results were inconclusive, which meant that she got more than one result. Which is called being divergent, after the aptitude test(not right after) there is a choosing ceremony where you pick the faction you would like to live in for the rest of your life. Beatrice chooses Dauntless(she used to be in Abnegation), and her brother Caleb chose Erudite. When she joins she changes her name to Tris because Beatrice sounds too much like Abnegation Going through the initiation Tris goes through a lot of difficulties and problems, but luckily Tris made new friends and maybe even a boyfriend. What is really hard for her is keeping the secret that if she reviles she might die. Tris and Four are in love, and Tris’s best friend Christina and her other friend Will are together too. Tris and Four find out something very important, Erudite is going to attack Abnegation, but how? At night everyone is mind controlled and start killing the Abnegation, because Tris and Four are divergent they aren’t affected. But they get caught, and Four gets a simulation for being divergent and it works. Tris gets rescued by her mom but she dies and so does her dad. In the end they go to the Amity for protection. In conclusion read the book! But what I really mean to say is it is a really good, strong, and detailed book. Even the tiny details are good that is how amazing it is. After all this reading you still don’t want to read it then don’t but just keep the book in mind if you get bored. I know that all of you people that haven't read the book will want to right? Just remember these words, one choice can transform you.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The World of Divergent Divergent is about a girl Beatrice Prior who has to conquer her fears and face life as it is, except her life is way harder than ours. She has to go through so much things we probably won't have to go through. She lives in a dystopian world, which is divided into five different factions. Abnegation the selfless, Amity the kind, Candor the honest, Dauntless the brave, and lastly Erudite the smart. As she goes through problems she meets great people. Beatrice is a very nice person she is okay with the life she lives until one day. The aptitude test, the day that you find out where you belong. At the end of the test, Beatrice’s results were inconclusive, which meant that she got more than one result. Which is called being divergent, after the aptitude test(not right after) there is a choosing ceremony where you pick the faction you would like to live in for the rest of your life. Beatrice chooses Dauntless(she used to be in Abnegation), and her brother Caleb chose Erudite. When she joins she changes her name to Tris because Beatrice sounds too much like Abnegation Going through the initiation Tris goes through a lot of difficulties and problems, but luckily Tris made new friends and maybe even a boyfriend. What is really hard for her is keeping the secret that if she reviles she might die. Tris and Four are in love, and Tris’s best friend Christina and her other friend Will are together too. Tris and Four find out something very important, Erudite is going to attack Abnegation, but how? At night everyone is mind controlled and start killing the Abnegation, because Tris and Four are divergent they aren’t affected. But they get caught, and Four gets a simulation for being divergent and it works. Tris gets rescued by her mom but she dies and so does her dad. In the end they go to the Amity for protection. In conclusion read the book! But what I really mean to say is it is a really good, strong, and detailed book. Even the tiny details are good that is how amazing it is. After all this reading you still don’t want to read it then don’t but just keep the book in mind if you get bored. I know that all of you people that haven't read the book will want to right? Just remember these words, one choice can transform you.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating book I would probably rate this book PG-14.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fast paced and entertaining read In the first book in the Divergent Trilogy, Beatrice lives in a future Chicago where people are divided into 5 factions representing the main characteristic of each person: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (love), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (courage) and Erudite (knowledge). Beatrice has spent her childhood in Abnegation with her family. At the beginning of the book, she has just turned 16, and she must choose which faction she will belong to for the rest of her life. An aptitude test reveals that Beatrice is Divergent, the results being inconclusive. She is told that she must hide this fact as this puts her in great danger. After much reflection and conflicted feelings, she chooses to be part of Dauntless and has to leave her family. She is then whisked to her new faction where she will undergo training. The 10 best initiates will become Dauntless, and the rest will be factionless (homeless). A fierce competition arises between the 20 youth in training, and Beatrice, or Tris as she is now called, must deal with the fact that she is Divergent on top of the physical and mental initiation. Meanwhile, something big is brewing that will turn Tris' world upside down. Despite similarities with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent was highly entertaining and fast paced, and the dystopian world the author created was interesting and believable. In addition, I thought it was amazing that Veronica Roth wrote this book in her early twenties while she was still in college. In fact, it was an immediate success, and the film rights were bought before she graduated from college. I can't wait to see the movie and read the next book in the trilogy, Insurgent. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Misjudged A few months ago, I read halfway through the book and I wrote a review saying I didn't like the book. I picked it up again last week, and I found out, that i actually loved it! I'm sorry for writing a negative review on it, but I didn't finish the story, I found out that it had a great story and I loved it. It was just as good as the Hunger Games!
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating read! This is a great a read.  The story is unique and really keeps your attention throughout the entire novel.  I quickly picked up the second and third book of the series!!
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just don't start I just finished the final book in the trilogy and am so very disappointed in the ending. The characters and story line are interesting enough to grab your attention if you feel up to all the darkness. Occasionally there is some light to make all the heaviness worthwhile. The ending of the series just ruins all the time invested in reading 3 books. Just don't start...
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!! Okay, so everybody has been talking about this trilogy and the movie is coming out soon (and you always have to read the book before you watch the movie) so I though I'd give it a shot. I am so disappointed I didn't buy the box set because I can't wait to get my hands on the second book. This book was absolutely incredible! There are some twists in here that you don't expect and some that you do, there is great charter development and just an amazing story line altogether. This is a book that I was completely absorbed in and didn't even want to go and eat. All I wanted to do was finish this book! this was one of those book that I just could not put down and followed me around when I was not reading it. It would not get out of my head and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping teen dystopian story about friendship, betrayal, inner strength, romance, bravery & corruption Book 1 of 3 (with a couple of short stories available in e-format that fit in between the novels). A dystopian-type story set in a future (post war?) Chicago where society has been restructured into 5 factions based on human qualities in an attempt to remove corruption from the different facets of society. The story revolves around Beatrice, a teenager who must undergo initiation in the faction of her choosing (see author's description for more detail). If you've read & liked books such as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Bane by H.M. Ward, then you will definitely love Divergent by Veronica Roth. My appreciation: I couldn't put Divergent down. Whenever I'd end a chapter, I'd look at the time to see if I could sneak in another chapter. It's a gripping story. The story is fast paced and there is never a dull moment. There is a nice balance of action, friendship, lightness, deeper inner struggles, love, politics & war. Be forewarned, Veronica Roth is not afraid to kill off her characters for the sake of her story. Constructive Criticism: The romance between the 2 main characters is wonderful but I didn't get butterflies in my stomach. Technical stuff: Divergent is written in the first person, present tense, from Beatrice's point of view. I am an averaged-speed reader and it took me 12 hours to read it. Safe for younger teens: No sexual content (although there is reference to sex) BUT there is violence, blood, weapons & death. Genres and keywords: Dystopian, Teen, Science Fiction, Love/Romance, Politics, War.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! If you're a fan of the Hunger Games Series, the Divergent series is highly recommended! Finished the book in less than 2 days, couldn't put it down! The characters are full of personality, and the I can't wait to read the second book!
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Divergent by Veronica Roth is a novel that I read a few years ago when it first came out. However, with the upcoming release of the film in March 2014, an event that I am super excited about, and with the recent release of the third novel in the series, I decided that I should probably revisit it. After reading the first chapter, I remembered just how much I loved this book! The constant movement, realistic characters, factions, it was all too much to put down. I read this book from cover to cover, all 487 pages of it, in less than three hours. This book is a total page-turner with non-stop action and movement; you never know what will happen next! My favourite part was probably learning about the different factions throughout the novel and guessing which I would fit into. Thankfully, there was a quiz at the back to help me figure it out.  If you read this novel, which you should without asking any further questions, you too will be immersed into Beatrice’s world, wanting to know which faction you would fit into.
Date published: 2013-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Dystopian setting! The book starts off with Beatrice Prior, an Abgenation who as we know it is in the selfless faction. The abgenation faction is selflessness, erudite is knowledge, dauntless is courage, amity is peace. At sixteen, all citizens take a test that will help them determine which faction they are most suited to. She takes the test and her result is that she is Divergent, a combination of all factions. Her final decision faction though is Dauntless. To be accepted as a Dauntless member Beatrice must rank high into each of her trial missions. I won't go into detail of each mission because my reviews are spoiler free but I will say the action and plot starts around the 400+ page. I enjoyed reading about the missions very much but I wished the plot started sooner because I wanted to know what the government was up to. And at the very end, I was left with such a cliffhanger that I'm sure I'll be first in line to buy the second novel. Hopefully, all my questions will be answered. Not to mention that having a love story woven into the plot also acts as a key driver for drama :)
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Dystopian Book You Cannot Miss This is my re-read for Divergent because I just bought Allegiant. I DNFed Insurgent last year, so I'm giving the series a try again this year and I'll be reviewing the whole series as I go along. Divergent was as fantastic as I remembered. The world is still so great and everything is described really well. I was blown away a second time by this book. The action was non-stop and I couldn't stop myself from flipping the pages. There is this tension all the time and it feels like there isn't a single calm moment in the entire book. It keeps you moving and it keeps you reading for more. This book is definitely an attention-grabber and I would really recommend it to everyone. If you're hung over from Hunger Games (that is, if you're new to the YA book world), I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up. TRUST ME. YOU NEED IT.  Rating: A+
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I haven't read The Hunger Games, so I can't comment on any similarities between Divergent and those books. What I can tell you is that I thought Divergent was pretty good. The author presented a well-thought out, engaging story. The characters were interesting and it had intriguing overarching themes. It wasn't gimmicky; it was a story about something real. Ultimately, this is a story about the choices we make and how we relate to one another. I thought the story had just the right mix of action and emotion, and I will definitely be continuing on with the series. This author has really impressed me.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but no Hunger Games One of the more interesting books I've read in teen fiction lately. Roth is able to bring new ideas to dystopian literature, but still relies on common archetypes of the genre. The writing isn't great but not a bad first outing for the young author.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic I don't even know where to start!!!!!! GAWD. I'm still reeling. I think I have a secret love for YA fiction. I must. Epic. I love all things epic. And this story was nothing short of epic. I loved Tris, I loved her mother, I loved Tobias.. I loved them all! The characters were amazing and their relationships even more-so! The last few chapters had me bawling; my heart absolutely aching!  I picker up this book less then 24 hours ago and I seriously barely put it down.  I'm about to pick up Insurgent, but I think I should probably do some house work first or this could be dangerous..And to think, I only read this because someone selected it for book club.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alright! So I recently read this book for english class. The book was amazing, and the characters were well developed. The book kept me reading and drew me in quickly! I believe every teenager should read this book because it is one that you can't put down! One thing I didn't like about the book is that it was easy to see what was coming up. When reading certain parts, you could easily make predictions and most likely they would be true. Other then that the book was more then amazing.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I only ordered this book as I saw an article about the making of the movie Divergent. It is an easy read but I couldn't put it down. I have never read a book like this. It is a world where society has been divided into different social groups depending on certain behaviors. There is romance but as another person commented on, it does not overpower the story. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated out of 5 by from This book Is amazing. I found it better than the hunger games and that book has been my favourite book since it came out! Now I gust have to say one thing:
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I really enjoyed reading this novel. The idea is spectacular and is what kept me reading all the way to the end. My friends were telling me about the novel and its romance and I was concerned that the romance would dominate and that the original idea and plot would suffer because I've seen that happen. But it was really quite pleasant and actually added to it! My only complaint is that after reading books like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, I found the writing style somewhat dull, which made the beginning of the novel difficult to get through until it really picked up. It seemed to get better throughout the story and by the end of it I was happy that I decided to keep going. I look forward to book two, and I hope that it keeps going strong like Catching Fire did in the Hunger Games, as opposed to losing appeal like The Scorch Trials did in The Maze Runner (Maze Runner is also a good read by the way). So, I'm not so in love with it that I would purchase the books right now, but I'm glad that I read it and hopefully it gets even better over the course of the last two novels!!
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from *yawn* Uh!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book wasn't that good, and people compared this to the Hunger Games, but no, the Hunger Games was good, this book wasn't good. I couldn't finish it, that's how much I was bored. I didn't even give the second book a chance because I disliked Book One so much. The BookReviewer
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Decent Alright, so really, I picked this one up as a read to take camping with me. I'd been putting off reading it, since the people who kept recommending it to me were all a bunch of romance fans, and I REALLY dislike romance novels. Anyway,to the review. I really enjoyed the book! I was a little surprised by this, all things considered, but yes, I really did enjoy it. The whole premise behind the book was really intriguing, and creepy at the same time. Just the thought of our society being split into groups based on different moral and virtue "high grounds" when currently our world is so grey on the matters was definitely a really interesting take on the matters at hand. And the whole idea that society blames a lack of these virtues for the fall of the world, while again being a fairly foreign concept in today's society, struck me as something that could be quite realistic in the future. Well done. Story wise, I loved the premise, and I really, truly loved the characters. I loved getting inside Tris' head, and could really understand and feel her emotions and turmoil as she was put through the ringer for her choices. The story was intriguing, and a lot of fun to ride through. So I was a little disappointed when a story about choices threw a curve ball into the plot before she could make what I believe would have been probably the most important choice yet. It was all like, "Yeah, I can't wait to see what she chooses to do for the rest of her life! I'm super excited, because she went through so much to get here!" And then WHAM! ZOMBIES! At least that's how I look at it. I just... I don't get it. And I honestly think that part, at the end, could have been better suited to the second book, instead of forcing it into the first. Or the author could have made the book a little longer to incorporate some of the things I'm sure we all wanted to know.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lived up to the hype! I'm always skeptical when a book becomes extremely popular. I'm not one for sappy romances, and that seems to be what usually boosts a YA to best-seller status, but Divergent exceeded my expectations. I was hooked after the first chapter, and the action and surprises never stopped! And Tris was a total badass. If she and Katniss were in a battle, I honestly don't know who would win! The romance was cute but not overdone, which is just how I like it. Four is a spicy meat-a-ball! I definitely recommend Divergent for fans of action, sci-fi and badassery!
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves more than 5 stars. Make sure you have a lot of time on your hands once you begin reading this book because you will not be able to put it down. Yes, it's another distopian story, but Veronica Roth really knows how to pull you in. She not only captures you with her words, but with the world she creates as well as the characters you will find yourself becoming deeply invested in.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Amazing Divergent My product is a book. It is written by Veronica Roth. The book is a story about a 16 year old, Beatrice Prior.This book is very similar to the Hunger Games Trilogy and Blood Red Road. This is a very famous book. At the age of 16 all children will leave make a choice of staying in their own faction or picking another ones (5 factions-Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor and Amity.) Beatris chooses Dauntless. She must pass all Dauntless test and conditions to become a member. She thinks it is easy until there are problems with her aptitude tests which suggest the faction you pick. For her, there is no faction, her results are not normal. Tris (her new name) is DIVERGENT. Her life is danger. Tris is in danger. Then there is Four, an instructor and she finds out that he is divergent like her and unexpected romance.But when Erudite try to destroy the Divergent. I would suggest this book for people who like violence and love stories. This is a really book good for dystopian readers. This book can be suggested for both adults and kids but not recommended for kids under the age of 10 years because it is not only violence but also romance. As a result, Divergent is a really high rated book and is liked by a lot of people. I would like the author to give a setting for the book like where did it take place (country or city). Divergent is very similar to the Hunger Games and Blood Red Road. I don’t think this is really possible in real life but the end of Divergent and half of Insurgent is about war between Abnegation and the Erudite. If I were Tris Prior I would have made the decision to go to Erudite while hacking their computers and secretly helping my faction. If I were to rate this book I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. Overall I enjoyed reading this book. It was one of the books that made me reflect about it a lot. If I were to rate this book I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. Overall I enjoyed reading this book. It was one of the books that made me reflect about it a lot.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent Review It is a dystopian novel that many people have already read and enjoyed. In this book there is a girl who left her family's faction which is a big disgrace to the people. So she has to learn to survive in a faction that she has never trained for. The book divergent is a very well written book. which is should be enjoyed by everyone. I like that how the book was well explained with lots of detail which gave the book more excitement and anticipation. I also like that most things that were going on in the book was well explained. Now I didn't really like the fact that the book had a small amount of pages. What I am excited about this book is that the movie is currently being made for people to go to the theatres to enjoy. I think this is really similar to hunger games. When I was reading this I was thinking since the hunger games has districts and no one can leave like how in Divergent no one can leave because of a fence, I was wondering if it is because the government in Divergent and the government in hunger games were trying to keep the other people from seeing the other people. This is my short summary of this book. This fun filled book would be enjoyed by many different types of people because there is action, romance, and mystery in this book. This would be a good book for people who like hunger games because it is similar like the action and all the killing. They are both girls who are brave and friendly. Some characters were like how four’s personality was very similar to Peeta’s personality. The pictures look similar and the pictures kind of look the same to. I really like the front cover and how it really shows what the books main idea is about. I think this is a good book because it is really portable and the book has good font because it takes up most of the pages so that the paper is not wasted. That is good for the environment. All in all I think Divergent is a fun filled book that deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Most Adventurous Book Alive It’s about a sixteen year old girl named Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior who turns out to be Divergent which is very dangerous. She meets other Divergents and needs help to keep safe with the help of her fighting instructor Four(Tobias Eaton). She embarks on a journey of love and a journey of loss since she loses her loved ones. She does anything she can to stop the people who are killing anyone in a certain faction to show that she can do anything at a young age. Divergent follows the life of Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior who leaves her faction Abnegation, the selfless faction, for Duantless, the fearless faction. She learns about the dangers of Duantless and needs to do everything she can to save her old faction. It’s a truly amazing book with a few unneeded parts. It tells an amazing journey of a girl and can make your imagination grow.
Date published: 2013-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic YA dystopian with non-stop action! Dystopia is one of my favourite genres, and Divergent does not disappoint. It totally knocked my socks off, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it! This dystopian society contains five factions, which developed as a result of people’s blame of different personality flaws for the world’s downfall: Amity (who are kind and loving towards others and blame aggression), Erudite (who seek to educate themselves because they blame ignorance), Candor (who are brutally honest because they blame schemers), Abnegation (who are completely selfless because they blame selfishness), and Dauntless (who are fearless because they blame cowards). The factions all have their own rules of dress, behaviour, food, and shelter. When a person reaches 16 years of age, she will undergo an aptitude test which involves a simulation to determine which faction she will belong to. The subject is presented with different scenarios and options. How the subject chooses to respond to each scenario will eventually eliminate a faction. The test continues until just one is left. The person then needs to make a choice to either remain in the faction that she was raised in or transfer into another faction. The person does not necessarily have to choose the faction that was the outcome of the aptitude test. Rather, it reveals to the subject their propensity towards one faction over another. Faction transfers are often frowned upon by both the faction they have deserted and the one that they have joined. They often have to prove themselves that they are worthy of the new faction, since they have been raised in a completely different manner with different ideals. Each faction transfer must endure an initiation. The protagonist of the story is Beatrice “Tris” Pryor, who is a 16 year-old teenager. She was raised in the Abnegation faction and is facing her upcoming aptitude test. Putting all others before herself has never come easily to her. Her older brother, Caleb, makes it seem so easy. Tris struggles with it, and she has always felt like she never really fit in. Her natural instinct is her curious nature, which has been stifled by Abnegation’s rules. The results of Tris’ aptitude test are inconclusive. The tester reveals to her that she has equal aptitude for Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. These results are rare, and she is warned not to discuss the results with anyone because it would be dangerous for her. Tris is faced with a monumental decision to either stay with her family in Abnegation or join another faction. Roth’s world-building had me utterly engrossed. I loved the segregation of the society into different factions and how different each one was from the others. I loved Tris, and I could relate to her. Her strength and courage makes her such a great role model. I loved how she evolved and came into her own. I also really enjoyed the budding romance with her love interest, Four! This is a fantastic YA dystopian with non-stop action, and it was difficult to put it down! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Insurgent, which was released last year. I have really enjoyed the last few books narrated by Emma Galvin (including Kresley Cole's Poison Princess and Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster), and this one is no exception. She was believable as teenage Tris, and she didn’t overdo the characterizations. She has a clear voice, which is easy to listen to, and her pace is bang-on. A great narrator draws you into the story and makes it even more intense, and Galvin certainly achieved this!
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love the Hunger Games, You'll love this Everyone was telling me that I should read this and everyone was always talking about it so I decided to give it a try. At first I wasn't really enjoying it but once the story picked up i could barley keep away from it. I loved the characters and how their personalities were like nothing Ive ever seen and the plot was just amazing. Not too fast and not too slow. i couldn't believe how amazing the plot and events were. I can't wait to read the second one. :D
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I personally love this book. It's more about Tris learning to live with the decision she made then trying to pick a fraction to go into. I felt that Tris is relatable and isn't your typical lead female character. Shes short, admits and has other people admit that she isnt pretty (but isn't ugly), doesn't win every fight, and isn't at the top of everything and isn't the best at everything. I hate when people compare books to other books, and i find that a lot of people are comparing this series to The Hunger Games. I think that, yes, there are some similarities, but much more differences between the two series. The characters are not the same (I find that Tris, for all the reasons above, is not like Katniss), and the plot, although has some similarities, is mostly different. I do admit that Divergent might not be the same book as it would be if The Hunger Games were not written, nor would it have the same effect on readers. Again, i believe that books shouldn't be compared to others. I liked Four and the relationship between Him and Tris. I felt it added more to the story and definitely made it more appealing. The writing was really good. About 3/4 of the time I could picture all the feelings of the characters and the scenes, but I had trouble with the Pit and the glass building. I enjoyed all of the events and the whole premise of this series. When buying this book, I was hesitant because I wasn't familiar with the author and it did sound like the typical fantasy book with a lead girl who is emotionally and physically strong who also happens to save the day. This wasn't one of those books. Tris does things that other characters in other books like this one don't do. She is sometimes not emotionally stable and can act like a regular teenage girl, especially when it comes to romance. She regrets some of her decisions, and I feel like I could connect with her from the start. I cant wait until i read the next book, and after reading Divergent, i think most of you will feel the same way.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner I absolutely fell in love with this book. I can not believe that I have to wait several months for the next book to come out. Plus I think its fantastic that this series is being made into a move but again have to wait more than a year for that tear tear.
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! For the simple reason that I had lots of books on my to-read list, I delayed reading this one. I should not have done that! Read it now, right away, go get it and dive right in. I was expecting something similar to the Hunger Games and the Delirium series,and at first it is. But then it changes. It is a lot more violent, and the main character takes charge of her life in a more concrete way. Tris felt realistic and believable because she was flawed, but without being annoying or unlikeable. Read this book!
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hardly as good as The Hunger Games I read this book on the suggestion of an employee I got to talking with at Indigo who stated that it was better than The Hunger Games. The moment I read the first chapter I knew this wasn't something I was going to like. There were a couple reasons that stood out. First, the plot itself didn't feel relatable in any way, more mediocre than anything else. In my opinion, it was b/c the whole idea of being divergent didn't seem very realistic. If you think about it, and I know this is a fictional story, every one of us is divergent. I don't believe any one of us would be able to classify ourselves as just 'Abnegation' or 'Dauntless.' Second, like another comment I read here, Beatrice Prior is not a character I find relatable or worth reading about. Bella Swan was more interesting and I'm not a fan of the Twilight series either. And third, once I got to the end I felt like I had read another Twilight book without the vampires and werewolves and the actual plot of the book being weak and pointless. I read this b/c of my interest in the dystopian/futuristic genre and it didnt meet my expectations. Neither did Insurgent, the second installment to the trilogy. Just my thoughts on the book. As far as comparing this to The Hunger Games goes, that trilogy far surpasses this one. As far as the Harry Potter series are concerned, this does not come remotely close to the literary skills of J.K. Rowling.
Date published: 2012-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lacking a sufficient back story I'm going to make this review short and to the point. I'm not usually a fan of writing lengthy reviews for books that are surrounded by so much hype, and have already accumulated umpteen amounts of reviews. I picked up this book pretty much knowing exactly what I was in for (the joy and curse of reviews!). I knew that I had to separate myself from my intense love for the dystopian mastery that was The Hunger Games, and start the Divergent trilogy with a completely open mind. With that said, and with a mind completely open to all possibilities..I was disappointed not even halfway through. Like many other reviews point out, the back story for this book was lacking and almost non-existent. I felt disconnected from Beatrice ("Tris") very early on in the book, and spent the remainder of the book trying to find something relatable and redeeming. Her character just came across as very bland and whiny-ironic, seeing as how the entire book is spent trying to convince the reader that she has rid herself of these exact qualities. The reader is suppose to believe that she's actually "evolving"..I just didn't buy it. If I were to use an analogy, reading about her character felt like trying to remember a dream that I had, but it's quickly slipping away-she just wasn't memorable to me. As for her relationship with Four-didn't care for it. The numerous descriptions of Tris having a severely under developed body just rubbed me the wrong way-and picturing her with Four's older character just bordered slightly on perverted. The climax of the story seemed a little "toy soldier-ish" to me. Almost as if I were reading a play instead of a "thriller filled with electrifying decisions[...]". The motives were poorly explained-that could be on account of, again, the entire book having almost zero back-story explanation. Ok, so much for this review being short. I didn't completely dislike this book. It was quick-paced and entertaining-just not in a way that made much sense. I am definitely going to-and in the process of-reading the other books in this series. It has to get better from here *fingers crossed*
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Hunger Games? This is better! This book is Hunger Games without the triangle love affair. Its sci-fi with a love angle. I loved it from the minute I opened the cover. I am not a huge sci-fi fan but this book was great! It reminded me a lot of The movie In Time.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING. one of the best books I've ever read! It's in my top fav series along with Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and The Summoning. A must read. Plus there's a movie coming out on March 21st, 2014. Al long wait, but it will be worth it. The second book is called Insurgent
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Dystopian Read It's a great book! Those who like The Hunger Games will love it too! The plot is nice and simple and the characters are normal people, not ones with a special purpose or power. It's one of my favourite Dystopian novels i've ever read.
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it!!! I Love the book series soooooooo much but the third one does not come out for a year!
Date published: 2012-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO AMAZING!!! This book was so hard to put down. If I put it down for even a second all I could think of was what was going to happen to Trice. I loved every word of it. The author did a great job captivating the reader from the very first to very last page of the book. Veronica Roth not only had wonderful charaters, orginal plot line, and a sense of humor but you also got lots of cool bonus material. This book is a total must read. Now that I've finished it all I want to do is buy the sequel.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as huge a fan as others The dystopian landscape is popular in young adult fiction. If it’s not vampires and werewolves, angels or fairies – it’s likely some future version of our world where society has run amok and children are often left to fend for themselves. The most famous recent example is likely Suzanne Collins’ beloved book, The Hunger Games. Veronica Roth’s popular novel Divergent has gained its own rabid fans and while I understand the book’s appeal, I didn’t like it as much as The Hunger Games. Beatrice is sixteen. When you turn sixteen you must choose a faction: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (peaceful harmony), Candor (frankness, honesty), Erudite (seeking knowledge) or Dauntless( fearless). Beatrice has grown up in an Abnegation household with her parents and older brother (by just a few months, so her brother, Caleb, must also choose a faction), but she has never felt like she belonged. Selflessness doesn’t come easily to Beatrice. "When I look at the Abnegation lifestyle as an outsider, I think it’s beautiful. When I watch my family move in harmony; when we go to dinner parties and everyone cleans together afterward without having to be asked; when I see Caleb help strangers carry their groceries, I fall in love with this life all over again. It’s only when I try to live it myself that I have trouble. It never feels genuine." So when it comes time to choose a faction, Beatrice chooses Dauntless. Most of Divergent is concerned with Beatrice’s (renamed Tris) training at the Dauntless compound. It’s a bit like a reality show: candidates are put through a series of tests and the best man (or woman) wins. Those who don’t make it – because they either quit or fail – suffer worse fates. You can’t go home again so you’re factionless, left to scrounge for food or do the most menial jobs available. Tris is smart, no question, but what was missing for me was the back story which Katniss Everdeen had in spades. Katniss is a beautifully written character, someone I rooted for and understood. Tris, despite her upbringing, adapts relatively easily to her new faction – learning how to fight and lie with relative ease. Perhaps Roth was thinking of the nature versus nurture debate: how much of what we are is because of environment and how much is because of biology? My issues with the book are minor quibbles, though. Despite being almost 500 pages long, I breezed through it. Sometimes I felt like the plot was being served rather than unraveled in a meaningful and organic way. Characters turned up conveniently and were dispensed with equally trouble-free. I know many will argue that Divergent offers lots of talking points, but I didn’t leave that shattered Chicago landscape feeling all that inclined to revisit. All that said, I know there will be students in my class who will enjoy the novel and I would have no trouble recommending it – even if only as a way to talk about characterization: it’s difficult to mourn for people you don’t feel you know.
Date published: 2012-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great plot, okay writing. I have a bit of an addiction to teen dystopian books. I bought this hoping for greatness. I almost got it and read the whole book in two days. I won't recap the book as others have already done that. I *love* the plot of the book. It's a fresh idea that I haven't read before elsewhere. The problem for me (and why I gave it only 3 stars) is that the writing is sub-par. It could have been a much better book had someone else taken the idea and written it. The characters aren't well-developed and it just feels "immature". On one hand, it's a teen book, so I shouldn't expect much more; but other the other hand, look at books like the Hunger Games - a teen novel but still very well-written. Anyway, I do recommend this book! Just go into it knowing it won't win any awards.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever. EVER!!! Oh my freaking mother of Jesus. This book is absolutely amazing!!! i love it. There is nothing in the book that i hate. It made me laugh and cry and now i am tempted to go out to the store to buy the second book....its 2:30am right now. i absolutely love the book and want EVERYONE to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the hype! Hands down the best teenage dystopian novel I have ever read. I love the fact that this book isn't based on a main character who has a power that nobody else has. I love the fact that while the main character is special, as all other dystopian protagonists are, she is not the be-all and end-all of the story. The fact that Tris makes her own choices that drive the plot instead of being forced into one situation after the other makes this one of the best books I've read in a while!
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated out of 5 by from Hands down the best teenage dystopian novel I have ever read. I love the fact that this book isn't based on a main character who has a power that nobody else has. I love the fact that while the main character is special, as all other dystopian protagonists are, she is not the be-all and end-all of the story. The fact that Tris makes her own choices that drive the plot instead of being forced into one situation after the other makes this one of the best books I've read in a while!
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-turner. Great plot. Fascinating. Just bought the book to find out why so many people love it. Couldn't help it, now I'm a fan too! I just couldn't put down the book. I'm also a Hunger Games lover, but after re-reading the trilogy so many times, I needed to find something new. I ended up picking up Divergent and loved it. The plot was amazing, the characters were well developed, and I just loved the main character, Tris. It was my first time buying books from Chapters online, though, so I was unhappy to see that there were stickers on the books. I was afraid to rip my poor paperback so I didn't take it off, but the sticker ruins the cover for me (though the cover itself is beautiful). I'm thinking of exchanging it for a hardcover, thought it might still have stickers on it... I can only hope not.
Date published: 2012-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not as exciting or intense as the hunger games the plot is very much similar to the hunger games. dystopian society, protagonist female, society made up of seperated "specific" groups, rebels against tyrant government, youths fighting, innocence. growth, love and loss. i do agree with the other reviews if you are looking for another series with the exact same themes as HG than this is it. althought i'm a bit bias, because i absolutely love the HG series. divergent is no comarison it does not have the same grasp as HG for me. i found parts were up and down in capturing myattention. a little slow moving at times and took the last few chapters for action. im not excited to read the second one i've decided to read another book. i may come back to the series later on. my opinion this is a skippable series. the target audience seems aimmed at youths.
Date published: 2012-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Addition to the YA Shelf!! A must read if you enjoy YA science fiction/fantasy. Veronica Roth has introduced us to a new world and great characters. Can't wait to read more of Tris's story. I found many similarities between this book and The Hunger Games, so if you were a fan of that series, give Divergent a try. Although the story lines are very different, the separation of the population in groups is so similar. And of course the fantasy/futuristic world is another similarity. ***Spoilers*** The idea of faction as a way to control people and their emotions is very intriguing. By concentrating on being good at one thing in particular, you lead a very focus and controlled life. Personally, I wouldn't be able to live like that. I see so many different factions in my own person and I wouldn't be able to choose just one. I think Tris feel so confused with her decision because choosing only one faction is like killing a part of herself. I liked stage 1 of the initiation. I think it was my favorite stage. (I don't want to spoil anything, but I had a hard time following the event in the two other stages. I find it was too much information all at once.) As the characters go through the other stages we learn a lot more about the characters and what's going on outside the initiation. I really like Tris and her personality. She definitively not a coward, especially when she sticks up for other people. She, of course, comes from Abnegation and I think that's in her favor because so many courageous acts need to be done in selflessness. I really enjoy the emotions between Tris and Four but throughout the book, Four seems to have so many different faces. Sometimes he's nice and sometimes he's ignorant. But as you read, you learn more about his history and why he is that way. And of course, you learn why he is called Four.
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I bought this book for my Kobo Ereader. I managed to read this book in a matter of hours. I was hooked from the beginning. You'd be a fool not read this book. Follow Beatrice as she discovers who she really is. One important decision can change her entire life.
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Captivating! I absolutely loved the book. I picked the book up on a Saturday evening and started reading it. I finished the book in about 12 hrs with interruptions; I couldn't put it down. Of course I wanted to run out and get the second book, but with my luck, the next day was a holiday and stores were closed! So now I wait for the stores to open to get the next book. The story is similar but different than the "Hunger Games". Regardless of the similarities I am not disappointed. I would still read both series in a heartbeat. The book is absolutely captivating and in my opinion a must read. Great job Veronica. .
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST. BOOK. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! Divergent was just phenomenally amazing!!!!!!!! I read it so quickly that I couldn't put it down!!!!!! It's a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read One of those books you just can't put down.
Date published: 2012-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I could not put this down! It's a great book and can't wait to read the next one!!!
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved it, read it and enjoyed it.
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The worst book ever! This book was by far the worst read ever. I love books and I love action books. However, when you have to prove you are brave by jumping off of buildings, get beaten up until you can not move, or glorify suicides....well, you get my drift. It took me so long to finish this book, simply because it was ludicrous! I have read the Hunger Games, and it is nothing like this...I do not see the comparison. If I knew how terrible this book was, I would have not bought it.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect A very captivating book that sucked me in deeper every chapter! Divergent is a must read!
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic dystopian read w/strong female character lead! In a futuristic society, everyone is divided into 5 factions which form the basis and guidance in which they must lead their lives; of honesty, intelligence, bravery, selflessness and peacefulness. These factions were set up to maintain order and upon turning 16, an aptitude test is administered to the young people in the society to determine where they belong in society. Beatrice Prior has never felt like she belonged in the faction that she was raised in, and after the results of her test are announced, she discovers the reason why – she might not belong to any one group alone. Once Beatrice makes her choice, she must live up to the expectations and live with the decisions she has made while realizing that the harmonious society that she’s grown to know isn’t all that it seems. Like with another highly recommended book, I can’t believe it took me this long to get to Divergent – what a phenomenal read. Roth is well-versed in the world that she’s created and satisfyingly sets up the first in a trilogy. There were times that I felt it reminded me of a mix of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Not in the story context (and I’m by no means directly comparing these three books), but certain elements of it – such as being divided up into factions (“Houses”) that are so distinctive, the “new kids in school” feel to groups of characters, or the intense training that the new initiates go through, definitely gave a familiar nostalgic feel to the previously aforementioned books. While it did take me a little bit to grasp & remember which faction meant what virtue, Roth does a subtle but steady reminder of what is what to help the readers be completely immersed in her story. I also loved that Beatrice is such a strong character in the book. Her personality and relationships with those around her drive the story of the book as much as the plot itself. She’s a regular teenage girl with complicated and confusing feelings to her family and friends, especially under such stressful situations. Overall a fantastically captivating read. At just under 500 pages, I was surprised how quickly I flew through this. Thank goodness I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out! If you haven’t read Divergent yet, what are you waiting for? Don’t make the same mistake I made by waiting so long to get to it! This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Perfection Divergent was unbelievable. There was not one time when I put this book down and did not want to pick it back up again. I was actually reading it in the dressing room before a hockey practice and was so engulfed in the book, that I didn't even look up when my coach came into the room. Tris will have you guessing the entire time and Four is a character that every girl will want a piece of. I'm off to read Insurgent (the sequel) right now. Highest regards.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising and great! I just finished reading this book and as the title states I was quite surprised by how much I loved this book. I am a big lover of The Hunger Games trilogy and I was looking for another dystopian tale. The book started off slow for me and it took a few chapters to get me interested, but I am glad I stuck with it. Once I got interested I was hooked!! Can't wait to see what Insurgent has in store.
Date published: 2012-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great place to start if you're searching for a post-Hunger Games Read I bought this one on recommendation from an Indigo employee during my post Hunger Games book search. I didn’t buy it immediately, and it took several trips back to Indigo before I actually bought it, and then it proceeded to sit on my shelf - I wasn’t ready to move on from the afterglow of The Hunger games yet. So when I took it as my plane read on my trip to New York - I still didn’t read it, until I was stuck on planes/airports for 16 hours on the way home. In those 16 hours, I fervently read it cover to cover, only stopping because I had to get off a plane and rush to the next one. My biggest regret is leaving this book unread for so long! The bold flame designs really pop on the cover given the cooler neutral colouring and the mixed skyline and wilds design, it’s definitely eye catching- even if it reminds me of Sauron’s eye from Lord of the Rings. The world that Divergent is set in is a very bleak, steel/concrete and structured one. The sites of habitation and the set uniform styles/colours are meant to be used to equalize and signify your role in society. But it isn’t really these mundane sets that you’ll pay attention to, it’s the death defying world of the Dauntless that Tris jumps into that snares a reader’s attention. The story is told from Tris’ (aka Beatrice) point of view, and we get to experience the self sacrificing and painfully bland life of the Abnegation that Tris was originally born into. She doesn’t fit in there, and she struggles to be selfless. When she makes her choice to join the Dauntless, she still retains her timid nature at first- but she realizes that she has to put that behind her and embrace her decision in order to survive. This is where I really start loving Tris, she keeps her morals but harnesses her fears and pushes herself to try all the new things associated with the Dauntless. Her whole experience is like an initiation into a viking inspired biker gang where if you don’t participate in the extreme stuff that you’re expected to do, you aren’t getting in or worse you may not get out alive. There are some seriously gritty situations that Tris gets thrown into and I sat there white knuckled until she got through it! These situations are coupled with exhilarating moments of insane stunting that Roth does an amazing job describing. These scenes made me remember what it was like to jump off the side of a mountain attached to a cable upside down (zip lines are seriously fun go try it!) and the rush of adrenaline and the feeling of freedom that accompanied it. When Tris first gets to Dauntless training camp, she's completely alone and has to carefully pick and choose her allies. Roth does a great job presenting these characters. I could never tell who I could trust or who to root for, so I just sat there and lived vicariously through Tris, hoping she'd make the right decision and holding onto dear life when she didn't. Then we meet the mysterious Four, teacher and semi-love interest for Tris. He’s another one of those characters where when you first meet him you’re conflicted in trying to decide if he’s going to help or hinder, and it keeps you guessing throughout the book which made him such a thrilling character to follow. He’s absolutely my favourite character even if there are times where you want to smack him upside the head. His whole back story and the origin of his name was by far one of the best character builds I’ve ever read. More importantly, his role in Tris’ evolution into a Dauntless has him involved in some very pivotal and haunting scenes that follow the reader well after the book is over. I loved that Roth leaves little clues throughout the book that I initially brushed off as unimportant and then it comes back explosively in the reveals. The ending to Divergent is action packed, the culmination of secrets and plots reach their apex and blow the doors wide open for the sequel Insurgent due out May 1, 2012, that I just CANNOT wait for!
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good, fast read. if you read the hunger games series you will enjoy this book, the plot and some events were pretty similar. But the characters are a lot better. The ending of this book makes you really anticipate the sequel which i hear comes out soon =)
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!! Let me start of by saying that Divergent is by far one of the BEST books I have read. I loved everything, the book was addictive when I was reading it. Divergent had lots of action, romance that will make your insides swoon for Four. I loved the background history of each of the factions also the mystery of what was going on. In futuristic Chicago the city is divided on factions based on their individual ideals: Dauntless (Brave), Candor (Honest), Amity (Peaceful), Erudite (Knowledgeable), and her own faction Abnegation (Selfless). Veronica Roth sets her debut in this fantastic world and I am glad to have finally read it! It blew me away with how the amazing and addicting the book is!! Beatrice/Tris is by far the bravest character I have read to date. She is officially one of my favorite characters. She is not perfect and is not selfless. Tris is a very strong heroine which I loved because she is one of those characters that you can root for! Divergent grabs your attention from the very beginning by learning all the classes. As 16 is the age to pick which faction they want to go to. Beatrice chooses Dauntless. Beatrice after going through the initiation she changes her name to Tris. During this moment we meet FOUR!! I loved Four and he is her new coach and is to lead all the other transfers into the screening process if they want to stay in that faction. If they fail they will end up factionless, which could lead to no homes or working in the fields. I really loved the plot, it was intriguing and the relationships bonding between the other initiates were very unique. Now the relationship with Tris and Four was building from the beginning! I was just reading that book like crazy since the relationship was beautifully put together. It had the perfect pace to start off a relationship. I loved everything about Four, he also had a mystery to him, like a puzzle to find out why he was nicknamed Four and his story is very good! The Dauntless are an interesting faction because they go through soo much training that it could be scary, but protective at the same time. These tests will prove to the Dauntless if they are able to handle this faction. Tris tries to change into this but in the end she still made fun of being from the Abnegation but you will see she is stronger than that! Beatrice and Four are a great team! The ending was like Oh My God, what is going to happen next. There is no cliffhanger but I thought there was at some point, but not yet. It was getting better and better! I am really excited for Insurgent because Divergent was amazing! If you havent read this yet, why?? You are missing all the goodness and Four!! The hype for this book was correct because it is worth the read!! Find more of my review at my Blog: http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.ca/
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally worth re-reading I loved this book so much. After reading The Hunger Games I was convinced I wouldn't feel that passionately about any other book. I was totally wrong. Tris is a very unique character who can be annoying at times, but is also endearing because of her bravery and ability to adapt to her surroundings. She is someone you can both relate to and admire. There is also something appealing about her honest narration. The story is exciting and even unpredictable at times.. I found it to be one of those books where you tell yourself you will only read one more chapter before bed, and end up staying awake until two in the morning in order to finish it. It has romance, action, self-discovery and engaging characters. I think the most appealing aspect of it is the realistic sense of corruption that can be seen in aspects of our lives today. Particularly in government where everyone lobbies for power and even those who are not supposed to be corrupted are. As far as dystopian novels go it does not disappoint. Tris' journey of self-discovery and realization that not everyone can fit their beliefs neatly into categories is intriguing. As she overcomes her fears and discovers her full potential you'll be motivated to do the same. I'd definitely recommend reading it.
Date published: 2012-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wanted to read it again immediately I know I've read a good book when my first thought after closing the book is: I want to read it again. That's exactly what happened with this book. The characters are likeable, the plot has some twists and turns, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. The sequel is on the top of my list of most anticipated book.
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Loved It! By now, if you are a Twilight or/and Hunger Games fan, you must have heard about Divergent, the first of a trilogy (I cannot wait till the second book, Insurgent, comes out in May!). A few years ago, teaching in high school, my students were deep in Twilight mania and so I joined in, wanting to know what all the hoopla was about. I have since become a fan of young adult fiction. Reading Divergent made me feel like I was 16 again - loved it!! The characters, the twists and turns, the climactic ending: what a great read. I recommend it not only to teens but also to young adults and adults alike!
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Very uninspiring, difficult to stay focused on the plot. Seems like the same situation happens over and over so the plot ceases to develop. Do not buy this book if you are looking for another Hunger Games, as it will lead to disappointment.
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am in Love! If you have time to read then this is the book for you because i could not put it down. I always would have to find out what was going to happen next. If you are a fan of fiction books that are in the future, with love mixed in, then this is definatly the book for you! 3
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing dystopian and a great debut! It seems, nowadays, that everyone is writing their own dystopian novel. Some of them work, and others might not, but once in a while, there’s a dystopian book that really grabs the attention of the reader, one that the reader won’t be able to stop talking about. Divergent is one of those books that had been on a lot of ‘Best of 2011′ lists and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. It’s the story of Beatrice Prior, who lives in a world that is divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent) and Dauntless (the brave). Currently, she’s in the one she was born into, but now she’s reached the age where she goes through testing to find out which faction she should actually belong in — which might not be the one she was born into. Leaving her faction means leaving her family and she’s left to make a difficult decision. At first I wasn’t completely drawn into the book. I had started reading it feeling annoyed with my own life circumstances of the evening (perhaps my empty stomach assisted to my feeling not so into the book) and only got about 5 chapters in. Of course, the next day when I cracked it open (or tapped it open on my e-reader), I was immediately drawn into the story and loved how different it was from all the other dystopian novels I had read. It had its similarities to other dystopians of course — which really can’t be avoided — but it truly was a unique read. There was plenty enough action in the novel and it really drove the story on. I think Ross wrote wonderful characters, so much so that it was easy to really hate the bad ones and love the good ones. Beatrice’s character is typical of the females in these types of novels, where she’s a little bit against the system and wanting to do things her way, but she’s not so full of angst that I couldn’t stand her. She had such strength in the novel that, by the end, I really liked her character. She’s witty, smart, and captivating. And of course, there was romance — who could forget the romance? I loved how the romance in this novel starts off slow. It’s a believable romance. Of course, I don’t want to get into details because I think it would ruin the book, but for someone who mostly looks for the romance in a book, it was pretty darn awesome. The story definitely had me hooked all the way to the end and even though it’s part of a series, I like how it wasn’t left with a complete cliffhanger. Certain things are left unknown as the story ends, but I’m still left to wonder what exactly is going to happen in the next instalment to the series. If it’s anything like this first book, I’m sure it will be wonderful. This is the debut work from author Veronica Roth and I only hope her next books are just as addicting. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for everyone (In my Opinion) Let me say first off, that I didn't like this book. The characters (In my opinion) were cliche, and the love story was just cheesy, while the writing drew me in, I found the whole concept to be very unexplained and unbeleivible, like lets say, The Hunger Games, wich was beleivible to the point that I thought,, 'maybe this could happen, maybe', but with Divergent, I found myself just waiting until it was over, and constenly putting the book down then picking it up in, lets say, a month, because I felt the story was being to dragged out, and, honsetly, the book did remind me of the hunger games from time to time, while the hunger games to me felt completly original. Now, speaking of the characters, Tris was annoying to the point that she is one of my least favorite characters of all time, I didn't care that she was in love, because, not mainly because of her, but because of Four. I hated Four. He was emotionless, and a romantic who, prior to reading this, I had seen WAY too much of. He was so boring to read about, and his lovey dovey relationship with Tris just felt so forced, (And I admit I have yet to read a book were the relationship isn't forced,) but there's was just to obvious. I admit though, the first bit of the book drags you in and then spits you back out at the end a cliffhanger, so I now theres going to be a second book. You'll probaly like this book if a) you like romances b) you like future utopias that are just there (Don't really nead any explaining) and c) You like strong female one dimensionel characters with soap opera drama thrown in here and there.Then ya, you'll probaly like Divergent
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think I've found a new favorite book Well, all I can say is that this was a really good book. I loved the idea and I loved Tris's character. The authors style of writing was also very good. The book never really got boring and it was a definite page turner. About Four, (not saying his real name) I liked him, though I wish we could get to know his character a little more. He seems a little detached, but that was one of the only thing I didn't like. The other thing is that I wish there was more background info. i would've liked to know how all this started, the different sections and stuff. All in all, this book was a wonderful book and I think you will enjoy it, especially if this is your first distopian novel.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shocked I have to start this review off by saying that I'm very shocked by how much I liked this book, I mean I know it's full of tons of hype and everyone has said it's another Hunger Games I was a bit wary by the book I really wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I thought the story was really great, it was fast paced and full of action. I was also a fan of the love story it doesn't overpower the book and I was worried because I LOVE romance in books but this had just enough, and Four is amazing by the way. I thought Tris was a great lead characters as well, she had a good attitude and she didn't annoy me. Overall great book I look forward to the sequel and if you like Dystopian books check this one out. :0)
Date published: 2012-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Which faction are you? Imagine a society where everyone is divided into five factions, based on what they value most: Candor (honestly), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peace) and Erudite (intelligence). Each year a Choosing Ceremoney is held where all sixteen-year-olds must choose which faction they will live in. Beatrice, who grew up in Abnegation, must choose between staying with her family, or being true to herself. But soon she is caught up in something much bigger, and must make life-or-death decisions affecting her and everyone she's known. A common criticism of this book by other reviewers is that it is unrealistic that everyone would fit into five virtues. Although I agree with this, it is clear in the book that this society is not working, in part for that very reason. What I found more difficult to suspend my disbelief about was Beatrice's incredible amount of "girl power", given her background (I could not help but keep thinking "she is no Katniss Everdeen" while I read). I also didn't think her reason for her choice of factions seemed very convincing (other than as a plot device by the author to lead the book to its inevitable conclusion). I think this could have been solved by a prologue showing an incident from her childhood that foreshadowed her behaviour. However "Divergent" is such a riveting read, I was more than happy to overlook its flaws. So that is why I give this book four out of five flying bird tattoos, and look forward to reading "Insurgent" in May.
Date published: 2012-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolutely FANTASIC Dystopian Novel! Approaching close to the release of this novel, the hype for this book was insane. All over the internet people were blogging about this book and talking about it. It's what initially made me so intrigued to read this book, but once I read the synopsis, I knew that without a doubt, Divergent would be sure to please dystopian fans all over the world. This 2011 debut novel takes place in dystopian Chicago. Their world is divided into five factions, each containing people who hold a specific virtue. If you are honest, Candor is your faction. The brave and the fearless have a place in Dauntless. If you care about everybody over yourself, Abnegation is for the selfless. Those who are peaceful are in Amity and the intelligent live in Erudite. Everybody is brought up into the faction they were born into, however, once you turn sixteen, you are given the ultimate choice. You can either stay with your family in the faction you were born into, or you can decide to leave and join another faction. It's a crucial decision that determines where you will live for the rest of your life. Our main character is Beatrice. She lives in Abnegation, where everybody puts everybody else in higher priority than themselves. Beatrice does not feel that she is selfless. She struggles to be the person Abnegation calls for. As the ceremony approaches for a soon to be sixteen year-old Beatrice, she has to decide the path in which she wants to take. Her choice not only shocks those around her, but even herself. It's the decision that begins her story, and leads her to rename herself Tris. Tris needs to discover who her friends are, and who she should fear. She meets a boy who is equally fascinating as he is maddening. Romance, action, adventure and mystery come together to create this jaw dropping novel. Tris must also deal with the secret that she's been keeping, and what will happen to her and her society if anyone were to discover it. This is absolutely, positively, FOR SURE one of my all time favourite dystopian books of all freakin' time. People claimed that it was similar to the Hunger Games, but I disagree. I can see where they are coming from, but it is not enough of a resemblance for me to even compare the two. Veronica Roth's plot is far more different in many ways, and two me, they were very different. I found things in Divergent that I loved even more than The Hunger Games, crazy right? I didn't think it was possible to find a dystopian book that would come even close to The Hunger Games, but I now know that it exists. Divergent was exhilarating, fantastic and super exciting. Without a doubt, it's one of my favourite books and I now have very high hopes that the sequel, Insurgent will be just as good, if not better! 5/5 2011-32
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE READ! After reading the Hunger Games I was hungry (pun intended) for something similar because I just couldn't get enough. I picked this book up because it had been recommended by a coworker and I was completely hooked! It was such a great read from beginning to end, I loved the way I could relate the story to actual things in present day. I also couldn't believe the author is only 22! Incredible! I can't wait for the second book.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! A must read for any dystopian fan! Amazingly written, roller coaster of emotions! If you like Hunger Games, you will LOVE this book! I simply could not put it down, it was finished within 1 night and now I'm dying for the next one to come out!
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wondertful and sad spoiler alert! I just finish reading last night! Although it provides no definite answer to what finally happens after they get on the train it was still amazing .It was very detailed and precise it had action,sadness, suspense , and a little romance . The perfect novel.
Date published: 2011-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wondertful and sad spoiler alert! I just finish reading last night! Although it provides no definite answer to what finally happens after they get on the train it was still amazing .It was very detailed and precise it had action,sadness, suspense , and a little romance . The perfect novel.
Date published: 2011-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read! I love Divergent! The characters are strong and Veronica Roth has a very good style of writing. I am a big fan of this genre of books and I can't wait for the sequel next year!
Date published: 2011-11-29
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Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter meets Hunger Games If Harry Potter and The Hunger Games gave birth to a perfect child, they’d name it Divergent. This book was a unique read that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, or The Hunger Games I’m sure that this is the book for you. But don’t let that put you off if you aren’t. Though there are some similarities between these series, Veronica Roth has an original, futuristic experience to offer in Divergent. I really liked the characters and how deep their faction’s morals were instilled. I appreciated that Roth considered how each faction would react to all kinds of situations. It showed how she took her time to develop her story. I am definitely a fan of this book.
Date published: 2011-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Really exciting read, a cool way to see what the future is like. Can't wait for the sequel next year!
Date published: 2011-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Well... I'll stick by the first words that came to mind when I finished this book... ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN' PHENOMENAL!!! Divergent has definitely become a favourite! The synopsis of the story doesn't need repeating, but do read it before you read my review any further. And just a little warning that while I'll keep out major spoilers... some mild spoilery descriptions will be hard to not mention. The concept of this story is just brilliant and unique. The world-building at the beginning served to suck me right in. I was intrigued from the first few pages. Beatrice/Tris, for the tiny girl she is, is a HUGE character. After Beatrice chooses her life's direction, and in order to establish her new identity, she renames herself Tris. Where Beatrice was muted, plain and unnoticeable, by her looks and by her actions, Tris became just the opposite and became a force to be reckoned with. Her first thrilling challenge (and literally leap of faith) of jumping off the roof of a building and not knowing what was waiting for her at the bottom (and being the first to do it) really set the stage for her transformation. Tris had been confined inside Beatrice all her life living with her Abnegation family within her Abnegation faction... but now she's free to be who she needs, not wants, to be. That's actually something that is really significant about her character. She had some Abnegation qualities, but she had others as well that didn't fit in the Abnegation mold. For example, she has an incredible self-preservation instinct - that hugely contradicts her former Abnegation way of life. She is intelligent and fast thinking... qualities of the other factions (mainly Dauntless), thus why she is different and quickly learns that she has to keep her uniqueness a secret. Mostly everyone else in this society essentially has the traits of ONE faction -- she could fit into more than one faction and that is a rarety and something that is considered abnormal and a threat to the faction way of life. Of course, she does have her insecurities and naivities, and while she becomes stronger against them, some you just have to experience to become more confident... like in the romance department. And then there's Four, her instructor. I completely adored his character. He's tough... and you HAVE to have a tough shell being a part of Dauntless, but from the beginning, you just know that there is something much gentler underneath. He has his own mysteries that are slowly drawn out by Tris as they become closer. Without giving away too much and spoiling the journey learning just who Four really is... just take my word for it that you will fall for him like Tris (and I) did! And of course the romance is a wonderful respite while most of the story is hard-edged and intense, and at times, brutal. It didn't feel rushed into or disconnected to the plot. Their's was a mutually admirable-type relationship at first. Four was just amazed and fascinated by this little power house, and I suspect that he noticed she was "different" much earlier than he let on. And she, of course, noticed he was not unattractive, and seemed to be much kinder than the other Dauntless leaders... she was very intrigued by him. Their mutual interest simmered into a sweet and swoon-worthy love story. From one of my favourite moments: I feel his heartbeat against my cheek, as fast as my own. "Are you afraid of me, too, (Four)?" "Terrified," he replies with a smile. *sigh* The supporting cast of characters, I promise you, will draw out all sorts of emotions. You will HATE the bad guys, you will eventually LOVE some of her friends and family, and have a lot of mixed-grey emotions as some of these characters change. The story, especially during the three stages of training, resonated with me because it also brought into question some of my own fears, and the complexities in overcoming them... mind over matter. This well written, intense, thrilling, fascinating, debut book by Veronica Roth that had equal parts brutality and heart-melting romance, literally just amazed me. The ending was as action packed and intense as a Die Hard movie. It literally left me gasping for breath once it was over. And I was thrilled that there wasn't a major cliffhanger. Yes... there is lots more story to be told and they've only just uncovered the wrongs of their society that need fixing, but the two main characters pulled together at the end and it left me happy and satisfied. That's how an ending should be. And I'm so salivating for Insurgent... which we have to wait till next May (2012). *sigh* But this will also be one book I will look forward to rereading just before Insurgent comes out.
Date published: 2011-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nearly rivals Hunger Games Since this is the way most of us measure YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic books nowadays, I will say I loved this almost as much as the Hunger Games. (I obviously recommend that series, if you haven't read it.) Divergent is a similar type of dystopian thriller, nearly as shocking and gritty. Though it might not have quite the same constant uphill rollercoaster climb of extreme suspense, it's fast moving and has lots of cool aspects I liked even better (including a non-triangular romance). My favorite books tend to suck me into their weird worlds, for better or worse, and this one was no exception - in the same way I strangely wanted to survive with a bow in the woods like Katniss, after Divergent I found myself secretly daydreaming about doing extreme sports in an abandoned city. (I enjoy neither the woods nor the mildest of sports in real life, and am more anti-violence than most, but that is the power of a good story.) I couldn't put this book down, and cannot wait for the rest of the series!
Date published: 2011-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Fans of the Hunger Games should enjoy Roth's novel of a dystopian world and the young woman who finds herself at the center of a revolution.
Date published: 2011-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Closest to The Hunger Games for me so far Filming has wrapped up on the movie version of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games. This fan of YA Dystopia will be waiting to see how it compares to the book. And there have been a lot of books in the last year being touted as the next thing to read if you've finished Collins' books. Or comparing themselves to The Hunger Games. And sadly many have fallen short. But not so in the case of Divergent by Veronica Roth - it hits the mark. Chicago in some dystopian future. Society has divided itself into five factions: the honest, the selfless, the brave, the peaceful and the intelligent. On their birthday, sixteen year olds must pick the faction they will live with for the rest of their lives. It can be the one they were born into...or the one they feel they should belong too. One or the other, but not more than one. For most citizens, it's an easy choice. But for Beatrice, the choice is a difficult one - her test scores indicate she could easily belong to more than one faction - she is divergent and it's a dangerous thing to be. Beatrice, now calling herself Tris, makes her unexpected choice. As she struggles to fit into her faction, she starts seeing cracks in her society's heretofore seemingly perfect world. And there are others who see it too.... Chaos, danger, friendship, betrayal, choices, loss, romance - Divergent has it all. Yes, some of it is somewhat cliched, but it's YA fiction, not a great literary work. For great escapist, entertainment reading, Divergent is perfect. Be warned - there is a fair amount of violence. I actually listened to this one in audio format. The reader, Emma Galvin, did a great job, Her voice is slightly gravelly and rough - exactly like I thought Tris would sound. She captures the male voices equally well. Divergent is the first in a trilogy, with the second book - Insurgent- scheduled for May 2012. I'm hooked.
Date published: 2011-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wanting More I read this book before it came out. I didn't think I would like it at first but once I got into the book it was deffinetlnetley worth reading!! Now all I have to do is wait until the next edition of this thrilling trilogy.
Date published: 2011-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good, fast to read. 4.5 stars In a future version of Chicago, Beatrice grew up part of the Abnegation faction, which prizes selflessness above all else. But, she is now of an age where she can choose which faction she belongs in, but that decision will be it for the rest of her life. Her choices: Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Erudite (intellectuality), Candor (honesty), or Amity (peacefulness). Choosing a faction that you didn't grow up in also means leaving your family for good. What will Beatrice decide to do? This was really good. It was fast to read and I would often lose myself in the pages, and not want to put the book down. This will make my favourites list this year and I am looking forward to the 2nd in the series being released.
Date published: 2011-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed I had no idea what to expect from this book but was very surprised with how much I enjoyed this read! Coming fresh off of reading novels upon novels about the supernatural world, this was such a switch and so much needed for me. Beatrice began as a good obeying girl of the Abegation faction. I LOVE how her character evolved into Tris and found what she really wanted even though she wasn't allowed to feel this. This novel was addictive, easy to read, had characters that you could love and really hate! I cannot wait for the story to continue in the next book.
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could have been so much better Don’t get me wrong here. I loved the plot. It had a lot of potential to be something as interesting and intriguing as The Hunger Games. The five factions was indeed interesting, and I liked how you had to choose which faction to devote to for the rest of your life. So this part was all great and dandy. Then it falls short. So, I ask why is Chicago divided into these factions? what happened? why are these factions divided into these virtues? how did it all start? what about the factionless? how many belong there? why are they outcasted like that? etc etc... the list of questions started to get longer, and longer. Then it hit me, there is NO world building in the book. There is no background information. You’re smack in the middle of a dystopia and you don’t know how the setting got there. This bugged me. Immensely. I like my background information. If it’s going to be where it will all be explained in other future novels, then that’s silly. What’s the point of the first novel then? the first novel in a series is to explain how the setting came to be. So you’re thrown in with Beatrice, who learns how to survive in the faction she chose. This part of the book wasn’t so bad, I enjoyed learning how they struggled to survive to be part of the faction. She undergoes a complete transformation, which, makes sense. Yet, this cliche where a nice meek girl who’s bored of her faction, joins another one and becomes an ultra bad girl who can fight, talk back, manages to get several tattoos and gets a complete makeover is overdone and cheesy. I tolerated this only because I somewhat liked how she managed to fight back against her bullies - so she does have a spine, and she doesn’t whine about it. Oh and let’s not GO THERE where she becomes a female version of Rambo and suddenly becomes the Girl of Steel. This could become a B movie any time now. Then Four arrives into the story. By Jeebus what is it with current YA novels where names or nicknames are just utterly ridiculous? I understand, it does make sense once it’s been revealed why he’s called that but what? so the characters just didn’t have enough creativity to make up a better nickname than bloody Four?!. I’d have to say, the characters in this book aren’t necessarily likable. I tried to like Tris, and I did at some points of the book her moments of revenge were quite satisfying. I couldn’t like Four at all because I felt he was just a cardboard character and a typical “hard but soft in the inside” personality. The romance between the two of them wasn’t working for me. They had no chemistry and it got to the point where it became supremely cheesy and almost nauseating to read both of them get all lovey dovey. It just did not work for me. I don’t know if I’m going to read further into the series. I really did like the plot. It was a good idea and had lots of potential. Yet it wasn’t executed as well as I thought. The REAL action does not start until much much later in the novel so I wonder was 500 pages really necessary for this book? The ending, was cheesy, so cheesy you could use it to make nachos. The characters weren’t so likable and the romance just did not have the chemistry required. I’d have to say, this hasn’t topped The Hunger Games, and I stress to readers out there to read Hunger Games instead of this one. It’s so much better. I can’t believe the hype over this book, then again, maybe it’s best not to believe in all the hype after all.
Date published: 2011-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not great Divergent was recommended to me after reading The Hunger Games; the two however are incomparable. Divergent starts off strongly but immediately became unbelievable to me when the main character becomes something completely different than to what she has previously been labelled as. I found the character development to be severly lacking and most of the characters extremely unbelievable. On that note though, the book itself was fast paced and an easy read. I enjoyed it once I realized the characters were highly interesting. The plot and effectivity of the author's ideas were well written and entertaining. I look forward to the 2nd book to see how the author has matured in her writing.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely exceeded expectation Having just come off of the disappointment that was Matched by Ally Condie I had the bar set rather low on what I expected from Divergent. I was completely blown away, within the first twenty pages I was already completely caught up in the story and the characters. The future painted by Roth is vivid and a perfect balance of realistic/unrealistic. Tris is a wonderfully brave yet flawed heroine with a great story to tell, Four is mysterious and intriguing. Overall I highly recommend this book, it has completely restored my faith in dystopian fiction.
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting Dystopian Novel Okay, now I see what all of the fuss was about. Finally, I read Divergent after reading what seems like endless reviews singing its praises. Once I started reading, I could hardly put it down and tore right through it. This is certainly one of the best dystopian books I have read. There is tension, humour, camaraderie, strong characters, romance, and an exploration of human nature. I really enjoyed Veronica Roth's writing - she did such a good job of creating her world. It is vivid and clear and I could easily picture the world divided into its factions. I found it interesting that Roth didn't elaborate on how the world got to where it is in her story or even how long it had been there, she just used some innuendo about wars and left the rest up to the reader. There were a few times, however, when the writing was unclear and distracting because I could not tell who was talking. I always love a strong but human heroine, and Divergent has this. Tris is great. She is born into the Abnegation faction, where people are supposed to be selfless. This doesn't sit well with her and we agonize with her as she chooses whether to stay with her family or pursues what she feels is her true calling. The book is told in the first person present from Tris's point of view, so we get an intimate glimpse into her world. I liked the relationships between the friends and how this evolves, and how Tris struggles with her choices. This feels so real and I felt for her with this terrible choice, and then later, how she survives her training, learns to make friends, and struggles with her secret. It is also great how Tris learns about herself, comes into her own, and learns to take care of herself. She is strong, resourceful and passionate. And then there is Four, the love interest and trainer for the candidates. I love that he wasn't a jerk and that there wasn't a love triangle. Four could be harsh, but his actions were always well thought out and not malicious. He is an intersting character, who is obviously strong, but also very human. The set up of the five factions is interesting, a way to explore human nature by separating out various traits. The book explores the problems of only developing one part of your personality, and how this can lead to problems. It started off as a way for people to strengthen their gifts, but turned out as causing unrest and prejudice. I love how Roth delves into these issues, along with questions of the implication of choices and "who am I?" I highly recommend this book to those who like dystopian novels and exciting adventure. Part of me felt like I was participating an a crazy "survivor-like" episode, with the candidates having to deal with one crazy situation after another to earn their place in the faction. I can hardly wait for the next book, called Insurgent, to come out to find out what will happen next.
Date published: 2011-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Debut! Dystopians seem to be the trend in teen fiction right now, and if I have one thing to say about it, it's that I'm not complaining! DIVERGENT--a novel that takes place in one possible future, where society is divided up based on what qualities, they believe, are necessary to keep peace--definitely lives up to all the hype. I read it in only a couple days--I just couldn't put it down! Beatrice (or Tris, as she renames herself soon after the novel starts) is a great heroine. One thing I loved about the novel was that her love interest wasn't obvious from the start and--for once--she's not forced to choose between two guys. The novel's focus was more on the action than the romance, but it definitely had enough of both! My only problem with DIVERGENT was that most of it seemed like a sort of set-up for the real plot, which only started with maybe fifty or so pages to go. The rest was exciting, of course, but it was almost just like an introduction. I wanted more of what was happening at the end, earlier on! It almost felt like it ended too early. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for the sequel, INSURGENT, when it hits bookshelves. A great new read from a great new author!
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I thought this was an amazing book. If you liked the hunger games triolgy than I am sure that you will love this book. I loved how it was about the future and that the main character was a strong female. I loved the suspence and the romance and how the heroine had to fight for herself. I read this book very shortly because it just pulled me into the story line so quickly but it still allowed enouh time to develop the plot. I have read a lot of books and this was one of my favourites. I cant wait until the next book comes out. I really really recommend buying this book. It was very well written and very intriguing.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ah-may-zing! Just finished reading this puppy, and its stellar. Absolutely stellar. Roth creates an amazing story set in a dystopian Chicago. The characters are vibrant, concepts and ideas clear and you fall in love (or hate) with the character's close to instantly. I was happy that this YA novel didn't have an extreme focus on romance (even though it was there). I find more and more novels are depending on the romance factor than the fantasy factor. She did an amazing job writing the action scenes, too. Seriously, pick this puppy up. You won't regret it.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay I expected a lot from this book because everyone kept comparing it to The Hunger Games. But for me, it wasn't even close. I don't know if my disappointment with this book is because of the hype, or because I recently read some unbelievably amazing teen books, but it just wasn't that great. Just average. If there's a sequel, I won't read it. I apologize to the author because I don't think she's a bad writer, I just didn't like the story.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of Divergent by Veronica Roth This book is the first YA book I have read in a while (since Hunger Games most likely) that didn't make me want to stick my fingers deep inside my throat until putrid yellow bile came spurting out. Most YA books try to keep things so tame that they literally bore me to tears. I am so sick of the build up, the love triangles, and the resulting nothing ending that leaves almost everything unresolved because the writers have to drag everything out into at least a trilogy nowadays. It's sickening. I've mentioned before my hatred for the cliffhanger ending and the being held hostage by the author...Roth doesn't do this to us. Granted, from what I have learned, there will be at least two other books in the Divergent series. But that's not the important part. The important part is that there doesn't have to be. If this was a stand alone book I would be 100% happy. It solved the issues that needed to be solved and it concluded. The end. I see where it can go if it wants to (which it obviously does) but it doesn't have to. And that is the major point. Most books skip so much of the story because they know they have to leave something for that next book, and to be honest, it makes the books dull and empty. Divergent is full of story, character, action, everything. Nothing is lacking. One of my favourite parts of Divergent is the characters. Not just the main characters, all the characters. I am so tired of the "cardboard" characters in these YA books. I rarely can connect with them. They just don't seem real. They don't make real people decisions, and they often lack emotion. Veronica Roth has created fabulous characters. The main character is not just the typical strong female teen we get in most YA books these days. She has actual flaws. She makes both good and bad decisions, decisions that I could see myself making given the circumstances involved. The minor characters are real. They are not just there to fill a spot in the story. They have strong personalities and stand out on their own in the story. Most times when I am reading a book and the main character mentions another character I tend to have to think very hard about who it is again they are talking to. Not with Divergent. I immediately know which character is in every scene. I just can't say enough good things about
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!!! I could not put this book down. Similar to the hunger games but who cares? You get attached to the characters and just want to read on to see what happens next. Now I'm assuming there is a second book to follow. I hope...A great read.
Date published: 2011-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read The best way to describe this book is a cross between Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Lots of action, great characters and development. And the plot wasn't too predictable, although somewhat at parts. On top of this it is a very easy read and a story that you don't want to put down. I read the whole book in a couple of hours. For a first-time author Roth hit a homerun. Can't wait for the next books in the series to come out.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT Went into this book with low expectations, and was proved wrong on all accounts. EXCELLENT book. Read this book; you won't regret it.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blew All Expectations Out Of My Mind I have to say that I was planning on reading this la ter, but I had nothing better to do. And, Divergent certainly blew my mind. It was much better than I thought it was. When I read the summary about it I was in the middle. Debating whether or not to read it, but I gave it a try because I had nothing else to read. The things I enjoyed about the novel is the division and practically everything about the five factions. I like how the population is divided into groups based on birth and then decisions. And, when a intiate transfers to a different faction there's this whole test to decided whether or not you're part of the faction. The tests were quite interesting because they were different basedon what your trait is. I liked a lot of the characters, which is a good thing because characters and plot are the most important things for me in a novel. I loved Beatrice/Tris because she's brave even though there's so many doubts there. Not just her own, but her fellow members of ther faction. They all think lowly of her, but she does her best to show her faction that she belongs there. Her friends are quite likable too. I loved Christina's happy attitude because you wouldn't expect a single happy moment in Dauntless. I also loved Will and I was so upset about what happened to him at the end of the novel. Last, Four/Tobias is the male main character and I like him. He's got a troubled past which drives in instant sympathy and he's reliable. He may not be book smart, but he's people smart. The plot on the other hand fell a bit flat. I was more keen on the training and intiation than the ending. The ending happened quite quickly and I understood why it was happening, but it didn't leave me wondering many questions about what I just read. Overall, this story was fabulous and if you enjoy general dystopian novels you'll find yourself enjoying Divergent.
Date published: 2011-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Divergent is a YA dystopian novel that is set in future Chicago. The protagonist of the story, Beatrice, lives in a society where their city is set in five factions. When Beatrice turns sixteen she has a choice to make. To live in the faction she was already in or to live a new life with a new identity. Divergent is a pulse-pounding, heart-racing book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Tris, as she renames herself is a heroine that you will be rooting for the entire way through. The characters that Roth produces have depth and meaning to them which shows on every page. Teens will love this book because of the action and romance throughout the novel. 5/5
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pages turn themselves This book is an amazing read that I finished in two days. A futuristic Chicago is where this story takes place. We are in a society that wants to maintain peace by having people choose one of five factions. We are propelled in this intriguing world by Tris a sixteen year old who must ,like her peers, decide which of the five factions she wants to make her home...the decision is harder than it seems since in this world "faction before blood" is a cardinal rule...hence Tris must choose between who she feels she is and her family. The world Roth presents in this novel is intriguing and the characters are nothing less than griping. This novel is as much about a dystopian society as it is about a teenage girl finding her true self. The trials Tris goes through in this novel are physical but moral as well. Roth will keep you turning the pages to find out what this selfless, brave, different, divergent girl will do.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Addictive Read First - can I just say I don't understand any of the comments that say this is just copying the Hunger Games? Divergent is NOTHING like the Hunger Games, except that the story is set in the future and involves a 16 year old girl main character. After that, there's not much similar. I definitely recommend this book, I could not put it down. The world Beatrice lives in is captivating. You will find yourself wishing you were part of this world, despite all that happens. I found myself very attached to the main characters. The first thing I did when I finished was get on my laptop to make sure there's going to be a sequel! (There is, for those wondering.)
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Held Me Hostage... When I opened Divergent, the first thing I noticed was a letter from Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Chidren's Books. This letter welcomes Veronica Roth to the "world of teen literature", but it also gives a warning to the reader: "Once you're in the grips of Divergent, it's impossible to put down without knowing the conclusion. So consider this letter fair warning that you, too, may find yourself reading into the early hours of the morning!" I wish to extend my thanks for this letter because it prepared me for what I was about to embark upon. Katz was right, after the first couple of pages I was hooked. Divergent held me hostage and I loved every minute of it. Right away I knew that Beatrice 'Tris' Prior was the kind of female heroine that defines a generation. She is a remarkable young woman who's attitude will rub off on you. Every fear, fight and scar that Tris is faced with throughout the book will resonate with readers. The choices that she makes in her life become her, and it this mentality that gives her the strength she needs to push on. Her life in dystopian Chicago operates based on the contributions of all five factions. Each faction must live out the behaviours that their roles define. The society that now exists is supposed to offer some protection but in many ways it breeds chaos. Roth has shown young readers a different way of life, and in doing so has forced them to think. Her ability to make the content accessible to the readership, while making the story entertaining, is a stunning accomplishment. The world we know now is like a distant memory compared to the society that Tris lives in and it is not just because of the factions. Roth has transformed my favourite city into a dystopian version of its former self. Through her visionary imagination, Chicago's most incredible landmarks have become the sites where faction members live out their day to day lives. The Sears Tower has become the Hub, a place where sixteen year-olds make the decision to choose one faction over another. The now broken down ferris wheel at Navy Pier is where Tris finds the courage to rise above and prove herself. Finally we have The Bean, the beautiful piece of architecture which has been deteriorating slowly leaving a rust covered shell of what once was. All of these pieces that make up the vibrant city of Chicago have been re imagined to create something hauntingly beautiful. The action definitely stole the show in this book leaving me breathless more than once. It seemed like there was always something about to happen and that every moment you were living right there on the edge with Tris. Divergent is as much about fear as it is about power. Roth examines how our fears dictate our entire existence and how we can learn to live above them. Even a fear of love can be overcome when the right person comes along. This is a lesson that Tris knows well and is part of what makes this book what it is. Her affection for this heart breaker of a boy will give you butterflies. Their relationship is a prime example of how Roth revels in the idea that we make choices every single day and that we can choose to live fearlessly. Divergent is unlike anything that I have ever read. The combination of action, romance and engrossing content is thrilling . Any critic who says that Young Adult novels can't be thought-provoking should be required to pick up a copy of this book. I promised myself that I wouldn't fan girl all over this review but it was difficult not to. If you read one debut novel this year, let it be Divergent.
Date published: 2011-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I ordered this book for my teenage daughter. It arrived when she was on a school trip so I decided to read it while she was away. It was a great book! My daughter didn't think it looked like a book she would like but I said to give it a try, she did, and loved it. We would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2011-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid YA read With the wild success of The Hunger Games trilogy, I know the market is going to be flooded with dystopian YA reads. I took the advice of other reviewers and read Divergent before picking up Collins' series, and I'm glad I did, because I really enjoyed this novel. I thought the writing and character development were quite good for a YA, and I found that I was genuinely engaged in the story, and had a difficult time putting it down. I loved that the young female protagonist was a smart, strong, and resourceful character, and not some ninny just waiting to be saved. I can easily recommend this to teens, and expect there will be girls everywhere swooning over Four!
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite Good-- But Still Flawed I was very excited to read Divergent. As a fan of dystopic literature, I devour books like it. Just as I hoped, I enjoyed Divergent. But it was not a perfect book. Divergent takes place in Chicago, at some unknown time in the future. The citizens are divided based on virtue groups they chose at age sixteen. Beatrice Prior is a sixteen year old girl who was raised as Abnegation (the selfless). When it is her time to choose, her pick surprises everone. I won't write what she picks to avoid spoilers, but I found it a little obvious. On top of this, she has a potentially deadly secret she must hide. I dislike all the comparisons to the Hunger Games. The only similarities are that they both take place in the future, and they both have strong heroines. Yes, Tris, as Beatrice renames herself, is very strong-willed, which I liked. As much as I liked Tris, quite a few of the other characters fell flat to me. One particular character, Tori, was built up in such an interesting way, but never really explored to a point where I felt like she was a three-dimensional character. I did not like that Veronica Roth seemed to be trying to push her religion on the reader. After reading all about Tris's faith in God, I was not surprised to see that the first person Roth thanks in the acknowledgement is God. When I finished, I felt as if Roth had not built her universe properly. What was happening in the rest of America? How about the rest of the world? Why was Chicago so isolated? In conclusion, it was a good book but not a great one. For fans of dystopia, I'd recommend Uglies, The Hunger Games or Wither. Hopefully Roth pulls it together in the rest of the trilogy. I'll be waiting,
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We all know why this book was written With the success of series such as Uglies and the Hunger Games, authors are pumping out dystopian YA novels at the same pace as vampires and werewolves. That being said, it's not a great book. It was entertaining, but like flat soda, you can drink it without it popping for you. This book didn't pop for me. The characters were flat and cliche, the deaths predictable and meaningless. The symbolism was obvious. One of the best parts of this book was Al, and I would have liked to read more about him and his story (which I found more interesting than the main plot). I found that the society was unrealistic and had no real backstory, and while I do recommend this for younger fans of books like the Hunger Games, I feel like older readers (15+) will see past the facade of this book and may not get much enjoyment out of it.
Date published: 2011-05-28
Rated out of 5 by from So good!! Wow. Wow. WOW! Divergent is awesome! After so much hype and raving I can gladly join in! I was hoping this would be the book that could fill the Hunger Games monster footprint but Divergent is in a class all its own. I loved everything about it. I can honestly say this is the best book I've read this year. At the age of 16, teens must decide which faction they want to join. They can choose to stay with the faction they were born into, which for Beatrice is Abnegation, or they can leave for another, potentially alienating themselves from their family. You get that first big reveal when Beatrice discovers her test results weren't normal and another when she chooses her faction. I don't want to reveal which she chooses because until she does, you're as conflicted as she is and it makes it all the more exciting! Once she chooses, you're shot right into her initiation, and that alone is a roller coaster of action and discovery and hardship. You meet some great people and some horrible people but Tris (as she renames herself) never regrets her decision. I loved how real she seemed as she grew more confident and had to deal with the choices she made. I could put myself in her place and understand everything she was thinking or feeling. Then of course there's the love interest and boy is he swoon worthy. Their relationship is slow going and I loved it because they got to know each other first and through that you got to see each of their strengths and weaknesses and how they were able to support each other in sort of camaraderie before there was any hint of romance. But when that kicks in watch out because you'll fall hard. Heck I fell when he was first introduced! Divergent played out like an action movie in my mind. Along with the great character building, there's tons of adrenaline inducing action scenes. There's quite a bit of violence, which at times, makes you want to scream in frustration, but can also make you cheer with pride. It seems horrible to say but on some occasions it was warranted and you get into the rush of things. Like a movie, I was absolutely glued to the pages, riveted and eager to follow Tris on her journey. It doesn't end with a cliffhanger but you know that with all was revealed--and there was lots!--there's something bigger coming in the near future. With so much that was lost, I absolutely can't wait to see how the characters move on and deal with it all. Original review: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/05/review-divergnt-by-veronica-roth.html
Date published: 2011-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Great book, really reminiscent of the Hunger games series (which i am also a HUGE HUGE fan of.) The only thing that off for me is that the ending was left entirely unresolved. i understand that it's meant to be part of a trilogy, but i believe that a trilogy should be one huge story, but at the same time, individual stories in their own right. The ending makes me unsure of how the second novel will start off. EITHER WAY, i really enjoyed it and i must say i started the book last night without the premise of finishing it and only after 5 hours i've devoured it. I can't wait for the second one!
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it - but thinking Book 2 may be better... I really enjoyed this book, but I found it easy to put down and wasn't really thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. The premise was not really unique - but did have some unique moments. The herione was interesting, but not really interesting enough. The setting was great, but underdeveloped. I didn't fall in love with the characters - I think that's what was really missing here. I still enjoyed it, but as far as dystopian fiction goes, this was just good - not GREAT like the Hunger Games. Very impressive for a debut novel, though. Very well-written - and I have high hopes for the sequel.
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of best books EVER The Good Stuff * It is hands down one of the best books I have ever read, I fear my review won't do justice to how wonderful the book actually is -- so just go buy it 'kay! * Awesome cover * Fascinating and unique idea for a story * The reps at the HarperCollins booth at OLA said I wouldn't be able to put it down, and boy were they ever right * Fast moving with tons of suspense and action and twists and turns that you don't see coming * Unique, real and just plain intriguing characters * Heartbreaking at times * Love Tris who is wonderfully kick ass and Four who I think I have a crush on * Especially for a dystopian story, everything feels true and real * Wonderful moral tales in the story about the importance of choice and of balance, of human nature and also of the dangers of idealism * Trust me just go buy the book or if you aren't convinced, go check out goodreads and read other reviewers opinions The Not so Good Stuff * So fantastic I didn't want to put it down -- sorry kids, Mommy is back now * Want more of Uriah Favorite Quotes/Passages "I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another." "I doubt all the Erudite want to study all the time, or that every Candor enjoys a lively debate, but they can't defy the norms of their factions any more than I can." "When I look at the Abnegation lifestyle as an outsider, I think its beautiful. When I watch my family move in harmony; when we go to dinner parties and everyone cleans together afterward without having to be asked; when I see Caleb help strangers carry their groceries, I fall in love with this life all over again. It's only when I try to live it myself that I have trouble. It never feels genuine." "Four leaving makes me nervous. Leaving with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives." What I Learned * That I really have a thing for dystopian fiction Who should/shouldn't read * Not for the overly sensitive teen * Those who enjoy dystopian fiction * Pretty much for everyone else -- hopefully there will be a well done movie of it, so that my book hating hubby will get why I liked it so much 10 Dewey's - Just go buy the thing, trust me I am a Librarian (ok, Library Tech, but really how many of you know the difference) I picked this up at the OLA conference and didn't have to review it but I wanted you all to know about it -- and why the hell are you still reading this review -- go get the book already!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the Right Qualities Roth presents a dystopian world that is structured around a simple, yet effective concept - the grouping of like things (people) based on dominant personality traits. Formed around the qualities of selflessness, bravery, honesty, peace and knowledge, five factions work to survive and thrive in a world that is divided based on these qualities. Staying true to yourself is staying true to your faction; however, some, like Tris, holds tight to multiple traits and this is a notion that is unexceptable. I will probably catch heat for saying this, but seeing as I loved both novels, if you loved Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, you will love this novel as well! Like Katniss, Tris Prior is a strong, young, heronine, who starts off shaky, but eventually rises to a greatness that surprises herself and everyone around her. Though being labeled "Divergent" is a bad thing for Tris, it turns out to be a great thing for the reader, as we follow her through a journey of self-discovery that is impossible to turn away from.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated out of 5 by from A Must Read- Fantastic Dystopian Captivating, heart racing, and satisfying I loved LOVED this book. I'm going to be pretty general in giving my thoughts on the book as I really want it to be spoiler free and not take anything away from what you will experience reading it. It's hard to believe that Veronica Roth is a debut author as her writing is solid and the world building she does in Divergent is fantastic. I thought the separation of society into factions according to Virtue was fascinating, as was the mandatory segregation between families in separate factions. It's hard to imagine choosing between those you love and who you feel you are, knowing that you'll never be with them again. The relationships in the novel were complex and believable and I instantly connected with Beatrice. I wanted to fight with her and for her. Divergent will be compared to The Hunger Games and they do have similar qualities in that they have these amazing strong girls rebelling against society, and they are both amazing novels that everyone should read. But I think that's where most comparisons will end. I don't know what it is about books with a Dystopian theme but they really seem to be my favourite genre to read. I think more than anything I admire characters who go against conforming to an unfair and corrupt society just because they are told they have to. I love the characters who kick ass and aren't afraid to stick up for themselves and those they love. They do what needs to be done, because they know things have to change, they are the catalysts. Rumor has it the movie rights have already been optioned for this stunning debut by Veronica Roth. I can not wait to see what else she has in store for us and to be reunited with Tris (Beatrice) again. Highly Recommended. Worth buying.
Date published: 2011-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Successor of Hunger Games and other dystopian novels.... All I can say is that there was a lot of hype going on with this book and for me it mostly lives up to that expectation! This book sort of represented the missing aspects of a combination novels that I have read recent (Matched, Hunger Games, Delirium), where if those missing key points were all mixed together, the finishing product was this great read! - - - - - - (you can skip this part if you like - it may contain spoilers for the other novels!) "Matched" (Ally Condie) was VERY detailed with every aspect of this world that she created in her novel, but sometimes it felt forced in some cases. In 'Divergent', it isn't till they arrive at the compound that the book seems less confusing and more focused, while in "Matched" it's TOO clear and it makes it seem like the author is explaining everything to a child. Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) has brutally realistic in it's violence, as well as the the overall novel having a depressing haziness to it, and not to mention the lack of pure romance between the two main players . It was very dark, in comparison to "Divergent" where the storytelling touched on some gritty parts, but held itself up from going down that same path with flashes of cruelty here and there, but brighten by flashes of hope in the form of an underlying love plot. I pictured a similar scene while I was reading a certain part from "Delirium" (Lauren Oliver), where she goes into the room to get her vaccine and she's lying on a operating table, and in "Divergent", where she is being tested for which faction she belongs too. In comparison with each other, Delirium has this sappy puppy love storyline that just doesn't convince me that love can survive anything, while "Divergent" has a somewhat realistic spin, where she's more focused on surviving her training, but with a glimpse of love at the back of her mind. - - - - - - - BUT while it did address the downfalls of these other novels, it had it's own problems as well. This novel seemed to be lacking in the build-up of how this society came to be and the history and traits behind each of the factions. You are kind of dropped into the world and get all muddle-up because there is no clear-cut concise explanation of which title belongs to which group. As well, it seems like the author wasn't sure if she was going to get another book published and left it at a good point, but a place where she doesn't give a us the hook to make us want the next book desperately in order to find out what happens next. Sorry that this turn out kind of long-winded. It's just that this book reminded me of these novels that I mentioned and it amazes me how these authors managed to create these worlds with restrictions & barriers and wrote the strong characters that must over them. I recommend this book for older teens, due to the content. It is truly a great read and you will devour it in one day, just like I did! ENJOY~ ♥
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting premise but plot doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Pros: interesting dystopian world, sympathetic protagonist/ Cons: gaps in the worldbuilding that experienced readers will pick up on but others probably won't care about, ending doesn't hold up to the book's internal logic/ In a city where kids are raised in one of 5 factions (Abnegation, Candor, Amity, Erudite and Dauntless) nothing is more scary than being factionless. Beatrice and her brother are both at the age when youths get to choose their factions. They can either stay in Abnegation, or move to one of the other factions. Whatever they choose, there's no going back. Beatrice wants to be in Dauntless, the faction of the brave, but is she brave enough to turn her back on her family and try something different? The novel has a unique divisionary structure. After a war the people decided to separate into the group best suited to their personality, which is opposite the trait that group felt caused the war. The warning being that anything taken to extremes is bad. The dystopian world is fairly well fleshed out, but more discerning readers will find strange gaps in the worldbuilding. For example, the Erudite want more cars and luxury items and Beatrice is surprisingly wasteful when it comes to clothing (throwing out pants because of blood stains). Yet, when Ms. Roth described what jobs each faction performs, no one's said to be in manufacture. Amity grows food, Dauntless police, Abnegation does road repairs and charity word, Erudite are all teachers and researchers and Candor's full of lawyers. It also seems strange that they would need so many lawyers when there appears to be no justice system. When one of Beatrice's fellow initiates seriously injures another, no one steps in to find out what happened. Beatrice is an interesting protagonist who has to make difficult decisions and learns that the world isn't a very nice place. The author does a great job of letting the reader experience everything Beatrice goes through. Readers who like romance will enjoy Beatrice and her beau's attempts at coming to terms with who and where they are in life. I found the ending very problematic, with events not holding up to the book's internal logic.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Amazingness and a Must-Read! You don't know how badly I want to write this review in all capital letters because everything related to Divergent will forever be ended with exclamations marks. Veronica Roth's debut novel is simply amazing! It has been a long while since I've found a new series to fan-girl over but within pages, Divergent had this immediate, instantaneous effect that left me hyped up and breathless. You know all the attention and buzz Divergent has been receiving? If you're somehow still skeptical, trust me when I say its high praise is well-deserved in every single possible way. Believe the hype, my friends... believe the hype. You will not be disappointed in any regards and if anything, Divergent will somehow surpass those high expectations you'll certainly be setting. This was certainly the case for me! Incredibly compelling and even thrilling at times, there wasn't a single aspect of Divergent that didn't leave me utterly fascinated and on edge. It's a novel about making choices, and how you have to live and adapt to the consequences of those decisions... but it's also a story about facing your fears. Veronica Roth's writing is so easy to find yourself falling into and the details she offered are always just enough that you are not left confused. There's world-building to be done as we're introduced to a dystopian Chicago and the idea of a society divided into five different factions... but it never slowed the plot. It's a fast-paced tale that never takes a breather, one which will keep your eyes glued to the page and awake in the middle of the night because you won't want to put the book down even for a second! Tris is a respectable heroine who you'll find yourself rooting for from the very beginning while simultaneously admiring her intelligence, courage, and inner mentality. She's not above taking action against others when the situation calls for it but neither is she cold-hearted. As for the love interest... I'll leave that to you to uncover his identity on your own because it's not quite obvious at first. Tris is more focused on securing her future than taking notice of other young men, but you'll find yourself falling for him just as hard as Tris eventually does. He's absolutely swoon-worthy, and the attraction that develops between himself and Tris will leave you sighing in content! I could go into further detail oh so easily but I won't because I seriously believe it's a novel that you need to experience in wonder for yourself! Divergent has quickly achieved a status all on its own and will easily be one of the best books of the year. In the recent slew of YA dystopian novels, it's the kind novel of that will set the new standard! Without a doubt, all eyes will now be on Veronica Roth to see how she can possibly write a second novel in the series which will measure up to the brilliance of Divergent. No pressure. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/05/divergent-by-veronica-roth.html
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Cerebral Take on Dystopia with an Epic Love Story In Roth's dystopian landscape you are raised in a faction whose philosophy on life derives from an original concept for peace from the end of a terrible war. At sixteen you are tested to see which faction's nature is truly in your heart but you are given the choice to live your life by and where you choose. The narrator here is plunged from page one into choice after choice making this a classic page-turner but I confess it was the unexpected love story that truly hooked me in this book. Two characters who speak their feelings through actions? Through gestures? Through relying on the bravery of the other? I found this an excellent surprise in an already well-shaped tale. The romantic hero, Four, went straight onto my book boyfriends list.
Date published: 2011-05-03

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Divergent

by Veronica Roth

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 in

Published: February 17, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062024035

ISBN - 13: 9780062024039

About the Book

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

From the Publisher

Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek ofInsurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, aDivergentplaylist, faction manifestos, and more!

In Beatrice Prior''s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are-and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofDivergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

About the Author

Veronica Roth is the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofDivergent,Insurgent,Allegiant, and several stories written in the world ofDivergent. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live near Chicago.

Editorial Reviews

"A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away."- (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
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