Monday, November 11, 2013


Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 487
Keywords: dystopia, rebellion, society
Format Read: paperback

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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

I honestly have no idea what took me so long to get around to reading this. But about a week before Allegiant came out, I found out there were signed copies at my local bookstore, and I thought, "Yep, I need one of those, so I need to get on this." And I'm pretty sure I didn't put Divergent down until I finished it.

I don't really know what to talk about because everybody and their mother has already read this book, but here's why I liked it:

1. Dystopian society you know the main character's going to fight? Check.
2. Mysterious people who do crazy things for fun? Check.
3. Mysterious guy who you know you're going to love even though he's super secret? Check.
4. Bad-ass MC who gets tattoos!? Check.

And that's some of the things I really enjoyed. I also just appreciated Roth's writing in general, there were some beautifully crafted lines, I marked a ton but I'm sitting in class now without the book, so I can't put any in. It also never felt like she did an info dump, but we still weren't confused about what was going on, and I never felt lost. Suspense still existed, though, and in the perfect amount. I only wanted to throw the book a few times but I was just so desperate to find out what happened, and I was mad classes were getting in the way.

I'm flying through Insurgent now, and I'm avoiding Internet as much as possible because I'm terrified I'll stumble onto a spoiler for Allegiant. So NONE OF THAT HERE!

Read When: All the time. Really. It's just great. So if you haven't read it, seriously, what are you waiting for?

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