Review- Divergent by Veronica Roth

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

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

-From Goodreads

I had wanted to read this book ever since I heard about it, but lots of factors stopped me. I wasn’t sure which book was first in the trilogy and then, once I had found out, it wasn’t in my local library!

I kept my eye out for it and snapped it up as soon as I saw it! 

I really loved the idea as I love dystopia; the idea of another world out there is amazing! I hadn’t read a book like this one before, the plot was unique. The only comparison to another book I could think of was the Hunger Games with the districts, but there was one difference: Divergent is one hundred times better than The Hunger Games.

The characters are really interesting and you’re are always left anticipating their next move. I really loved the main character, Tris, who we see transform throughout the book.  I wasn’t sure if I would like her, as it seemed that she hadn’t developed much of a personality at the start, and was ruled by her faction. But I was wrong! She really did have a personality under all of those Abnegation clothes! 
Four, Four, Four, Four, Four. Now my favourite number! Four is one of those characters that you just fall in love with straight away. At first he has quite a gruff demeanor and doesn’t get close to anyone. But then we see him meet Tris and create a bond with her that really brings tears to your eyes. You can tell right from the start that there is something different about him. 
The other characters are really great too! They’re easy to get to know, but you’re also not sure of there next moves, what they’re going to do next; and I really liked that about the book. 

The cover is really great! If I were to see it in a bookshop, I would pick it up straightaway! It really says something about the book.  It instantly draws you in, which I loved! 

Overall, I think this is one of my favourite books of the year so far! Veronica Roth has created a Dystopian world which I both love and hate, at the same time. 

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    19 September, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I LOVED Divergent too!!! It’s one of my favourite books 😀 I’m a massive fan of dystopians too!

    And Four… Ahh I love him as well! <3

    Catherine 🙂 xxx

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    20 September, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I really, really love this book! And the series. Great characters and relationships. Plus Four is very swoonworthy 🙂

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    Bookaholic 007
    20 September, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    YYYYYAAAAAAAAAYYYYY! Glad you loved it! I totally agree with everything you said, Divergent is waaaay better than the Hunger Games! 😀

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    Rachel :)
    21 September, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Oh my goodness, I’m sooooo glad you loved this! It’s amazing! I’m currently reading it for the THIRD time, haha! :3 …FOUR! <3 I just love how unique and smart the story is! It's, like, my favourite book! xD

    *excuse the fan girling* 😉

    Turns out I’m already a follower of this fab blog! I’ll definitely be coming back more often! 🙂

    Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews

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    Oh! Paper Pages
    22 September, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I loved Divergent! This really helped me mourn the loss of the Hunger Games. I love the idea of different groups living in particular ways. I can’t wait for your review of Insurgent. Things just get even more incredible in the second book!

    s @ Oh! Paper Pages

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    23 September, 2012 at 10:32 am

    This was one of my favorite dystopian books. The world-building was exquisite and the characters are, as you said, very interesting. 🙂
    Time to read Insurgent? 😀


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    Rachel Bradford
    13 October, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I loved this one too. 🙂

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    Brittany Piazza
    28 December, 2013 at 2:27 am

    This is next on my To-Read list. I really hope it’s as good as everyone says it is.

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