Tuesday 31 January 2012

A Review for Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Posted by Donna
Published Date: February 2nd 2012 (First Published March 2011) 
Finished Date: January 30th, 2012
Source: Gifted from Publishers - 2012 TBR Reading Challenge
Format: Paperback
Pages: 486
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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 Review: “I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.” 
I’ve been on a huge Dystopian kick the last few days and what better to finish it off by reading Divergent. All I’ve heard for the past 6 months is how good this book is and I’m so glad I’m one of those people that agrees, because Divergent was everything I could have wanted from a book and more.
This story follows the life of a young girl named Beatrice, who lives in a society that is divided by five factions; Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). With Beatrice living in Abnegation – the selfless, she is always suppose to put everyone else’s needs before her own but she always gets mixed feelings about what’s right and wrong. So when she and all the other sixteen-year-olds within the factions get the opportunity to move factions, Beatrice has the choice to make.......stay with her family or finally take control of her life and start a new life somewhere else. But what will she choose?
Veronica Roth has created an interesting, imaginable and fascinating world with Divergent, one that was very complex and very well written. From the get go I was able to imagine myself in Beatrice’s world and was able to go through her struggles and her good times feeling all her emotions. The factions that were created was also done very well, especially with each faction having a completely different way of living and their own set of rules. I loved how they have their own symbol to represent their factions and how unique each one is. But what truly stands out for me in this book was that, I can see how much detail has gone into this story and not once did I feel overwhelmed or felt there was too much information….it was just right! And the author gets an automatic win from me, because Divergent was just fantastic! 
I loved all the characters; even the bad guys! I loved the romance; it was just the right amount! And I loved the ending; PURE AWESOMENESS and I cannot wait to see this novel on the big screen. 
Divergent has won me over, now let it win you over. If you haven’t read it then READ IT because it’s a MUST READ!!! 
Favourites Quotes: 
"You think giving you a hug would give away too much?" he says. 
"You know," I say. "I really don't care." 
I stand on my tiptoes and press my lips to his. 
It is the best moment of my life." -  Tris & Four
"He turns toward me. I want to touch him, but I'm afraid of his bareness; afraid that he will make me bare too. 
"Is this scaring you, Tris?"
"No," I croak. I clear my throat. "Not really. I'm only afraid of what I want." 
"What do you want?" Then his face tightens. "Me?"
Slowly I nod. - Tris & Four 
"You nearly died today,' he says. 'I almost shot you. Why didn't you shoot me, Tris?' 
'I couldn't do that,' I say. 'It would have been like shooting myself.' 
He looks pained and leans closer to me, so his lips brush mine when he speaks. - Tris & Four


Unknown said...

This was my first ever dystopian read and none have ever lived up to it, can't wait for book 2 and some more from Four <3

Book Passion for Life said... need to read Under the Never Sky and Legend...there awesome too :) ~ Donna

Farah said...

*sigh* I agree 100% with you. This book is just PURE AWESOMENESS and I too can't wait till it hit the big screen. LOVE those quotes ;)

Rachel Rowlands said...

Great review. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, I'm going to order it at the library. After reading your review, I can't wait! :)

Carina Olsen said...

Woot! I am so so so so happy that you loved this book :D It will always be my favorite book. <3 And Four will always be my favorite ;) Loved the quotes you posted :) Awesome review :D

Erin W. said...

Great review! Divergent was definitely a fun read. Looking forward to its sequel and to more Tris/Four action. haha. Wink wink. haha.

Book Passion for Life said...

Ahhh I have to read this book soon! It's been on my shelf for so long! Those quotes are amazing, and I may just love Four already.


Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I'v heard so many great things about this one. I really need to run out and get it. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I am going to try and wait until closer to the release date of Insurgent to get this one though. It's tough but I'll try!

Mel said...

Okay, so many people have raved about this I've been avoiding it in case I don't like it! I do have a copy so I will try picking up the book glad you agree with everyone though!

Anonymous said...

The box scene! Four is so, so HOT!

Giselle said...

Omg wasn't this just awesome! You will definitely love Article 5 too!!

Megan said...

Sounds like a lovely, interesting read!

Sierra Abrams said...

Agreed!! It's such a brilliant book!! I was lost in it, starting from that Ferris Wheel scene...mmmmmmm FOUR. :D Seriously, love this book!
Great review! :D

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