Review: Divergent – Veronica Roth

Cover of Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication date: April 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-00-742041-4
Length: 487 pages
Genre: Dystopian
Age group: Young Adult
Source: Gift
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Buy it: Amazon US | Amazon UK | The Book Depository

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

The first thought that came into my mind when I put this book down was, ‘I can’t believe I waited for so long to read this’. Veronica Roth’s Divergent is without a doubt one of those books that will grow on you in a heartbeat. I had high expectations about this one and it didn’t disappoint. I am completely and utterly in love.

Dystopian is still a new genre to me because I’ve never really read any dystopian books before I started blogging but after reading some really outstanding novels, such as Susanne Winnacker’s The Other Life or Divergent, it quickly became one of my favourite genres. Roth’s story is so unique, but at the same time so believable that you won’t be able to put it down.

On top of everything else, I love the world she describes in this book. This whole dystopian Chicago is divided into five factions and just like in real life, there’s some tension and rivalry among them. I love the fact that even though it’s a completely fictional world and it feels so different from what we’re used to now, it’s still similar to our world in a way. As for the characters, Roth did a fantastic job. Divergent is narrated by Beatrice (or Tris) who is a tough and very brave girl behind the fragile exterior. Her bravery is just astonishing and you can’t help rooting for her to survive throughout the story and to come out on top in this crazy world.

Character-wise, I think Four was -and I’m sure most female readers will agree with me here- my favourite in this book. Even though I’m actually 4 years older than he was in the story, I totally understand why thousands of readers will fall in love with him in a second. I love how tough he is but how there is a vulnerable side to him as well. What’s not to love?

If you’re looking for a fast paced dystopian book and you haven’t read Divergent yet, do pick it up as soon as you can. Don’t let its length put you off, you’ll breeze through the story in a day. It’s definitely one of my favourite reads this year. Brilliant!

*Thank you to Kayleigh from K-Books for sending me a copy of this book*

33 Responses to “Review: Divergent – Veronica Roth”

  1. Theta Sigma says:

    I loved this book. It was my first read of a Dystopian YA and it’ll always be an important one to me because so many people told me about it.

    Great review.
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  2. Jenn Baker says:

    Glad you enjoyed it! I think you’ll like “Insurgent” as well. I did. And love the layout of the site!

  3. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    Awesome review!! I have this on my TBR pile, but first have to make my way through review books. I am so dying to tackle nearly every book on my pile! Even if I read reviews months ago I won’t know which one to pick up next! Might be jumping the gun and buying the second book this weekend if I can find it on sale somewhere! :D Lovely review!!!

    • Vicky says:

      I was the same as you! :) I was planning to catch up with my review books but I couldn’t resist the temptation. It seems to be long but it’s so fast paced that I actually read 300 pages out of 487 in one sitting. :)

  4. Melissa says:

    I really need to pick this one up! Everyone says it is amazing!!
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    • Vicky says:

      Haaaa! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s behind with all these super cool books! Everyone’s been talking about Divergent and Insurgent in the past few weeks/months and even though I was planning to catch up with my review books, I just had to read it. I wanted to know what the hype was about and it was totally worth it. Love it!

  5. fakesteph says:

    I loved this book too! I’m excited to read Insurgent (well, listen to the audio, because that’s how I bought it). And you’re totally right about Four. Swoon.
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  6. I can’t imagine that I’m still haven’t read this book. There are so many raving reviews about it and your excited review makes me want to read it even more :D Thanks! I’m going to take a look at this one very soon. Dystopian books are new to me, but I’m slowly falling in love with them.
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  7. Kristan says:

    This book was incredible! I’m so glad that you love it too. No on to Insurgent!!!

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves
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    • Vicky says:

      Ha, I wish! :) I still need to get a copy :( I wasn’t among the lucky ones who got it for review and I’m still trying to figure out if there’s going to be a paperback edition with the US cover. This copy of Divergent is a paperback and I’d like my books to match *facepalm*

  8. oh I LOVED Divergent (and its sequel!) Four is one of the most amazing characters in that book, along with Tris. love them all.
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  9. Nicola says:

    Yay!! I loved this book too. My copy of Insurgent is on its way- I’m sure it will be amazing! :D
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  10. kimba88 says:

    Yay! So glad you liked it. I won’t tell you how much older i am then Four but i adored him :) Can’t wait till ya read Insergent!
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  11. Meg K. says:

    I enjoyed this book, too! It was a real page-turner, and I really liked Tris. I agree with you that the whole Chicago-divded-into-five-factions thing is pretty cool, too. :D I really can’t wait to get my hands on INSURGENT.

    Great review!
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  12. I LOVED Divergent too! Insurgent is sitting on my desk waiting for me to find time to read it. I can’t wait to hear what you think of Insurgent!
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  13. I am pretty sure I am the only person/blogger on Earth who hasn’t read this series yet. I need to get my hands on a copy!
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  14. Leanna says:

    I also waited a long time to read this one, and just like you I fell in love! It’s such a good read! I really enjoyed Insurgent too, but this book is better, in my opinion.

    Oh, and I couldn’t help but fall for Four! :)
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  15. Awwwww yay I’m SO glad you liked it. YAY I love it. I’m the same lol…it’s kinda wrong that I love four and I’m 5 years older than him now…he is still yummy tho lol.
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  16. LOL, that was my exact thought when putting it down last summer! It is so AMAZING! I need to get time to read Divergent ASAP. o: Aaaaaah, I need more!
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  17. laura thomas says:

    I loved this book. I admit, I loved it more than Hunger Games, even though I have been told that is blasphemy! Reading Insurgent now.
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  18. Juhina says:

    LOVE your review AND THANK GOD you have finally read it! and YES everyone wants a bit of FOUR <3. Haha, I'm so glad you loved it even with your high expectations (I'm sure I increased some of that expectation :P )

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  19. Alex :) says:

    I have been wanting to read this book for ages! i need to get my self a copy:)I am afraid to start it in a way though because i have heard such good things about it and i am worried that if i start reading it, it might ruin the good image and not live up to all the comments people have to to say about it :/

  20. Wohoo !
    You finally got to reading Divergent :)
    I’m so glad you loved it !
    I totally agree, Four was my favorite character as well. There was something very appealing about him.
    Thanks for sharing your thought, Vicky !
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  21. Ari says:

    I loved this book, so glad that you did too :D The cover is amazing, the story as well, not to mention Four who is my favorite character in this book :D

    Happy midnight reading!

  22. Veronika says:

    Divergent was the very first dystopian book I’ve read and it was incredible! One of the best books I’ve ever read! Thank you for the review!

  23. Olivia says:

    Although I’ve read several dystopians so far, this will still be one of my favorites. I love the writing, the storyline and the world building!

  24. Leonor (Ner) says:

    Now I’m curious about this book. Everyone is saying so many great things about it I want to read it too.

    PS: I already loved the cover before the reviews started :P
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  25. Aline Tobing says:

    Glad we share the same sentiment!
    I love Divergent too :)

  26. Felicia says:

    Great review! I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I love both Divergent and Insurgent and can’t wait for the next book to be released! The series is one of my most favourite series! :) I reckon this series is the best Dystopian series! No exaggeration. :)
    And I agree Four is my favourite character, along with Tris!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  27. Inky says:

    YAY! I major HEART this book! So happy for a 5 cookie review from you! So glad you Love it!

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