Divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Dystopia, Fiction, Review, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 28th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 487
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, 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 the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

My take on the book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I heard about this series, before the movie came out, but I never really thought much about reading the series. I never read the plot I just heard from a bunch of people, with different opinions on it, that the series was good and that the series was bad. I decided that after I was done reading the Hunger Games, a couple of years ago, that I would read this book series to see what the hype was all about it.

I actually get with why the author took a while to get up to the “main event” of the book towards the end of it because she wanted to get us, the readers, into Beatrice’s world and see how their lives are totally different from ours in the here and now. I actually liked it since throughout the Dauntless initiations we see Beatrice totally change from the way that she was raised to be like what the Dauntless people would be like. It was a pretty good change to me.

Toward the end of it though I was quite sad and I had to stop reading after, the first time, when Beatrice’s mom got killed and, the second time, then again when Beatrice’s dad got killed as well. Those two were like the saddest parts but I know that the author must have had a good reason to do it. Overall this book was a good one and I am happy to have read it finally.

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About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)