Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: "Divergent" by Veronica Roth

Having just finished the incredible Hunger Games, I went on a rabid quest for more dystopian fiction. I read about Veronica Roth's Divergent in "Entertainment Weekly" and was sold. As usual, EW didn't steer me wrong.

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life.

Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage.

Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger.

Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

My Take:

I was a little impatient initially with Tris' indecision (I already know you're going Dauntless, it says so in the blurb, let's go...), but it was necessary in order to set up this dystopian (yep, I'm going with dystopian, not utopian) world I was about to be immersed in.

Dystopian. No peacocks here...

Utopian: See, peacocks and pretty colors.

Once she joins the Dauntless (finally!), things really heat up. Tris' love interest, Four, is dreamy without being ridiculous and their moments together are touching. Divergent speeds along at a breakneck pace and I couldn't put it down. I had to pass it off to my BFF like it was burning a hole in my purse.

After finishing Divergent, I initially thought I liked it better than Hunger Games (sacrilege, I know). But, the jury's still out though until the remainder of the series is released.

Your Best Kick-ass Heroine title is still safe for now, Katniss...

Final Verdict


  1. Great review! Haven't read The Hunger Games but heard great things. New follower.
    Love the blog.

  2. I finished this audiobook a couple of days ago( great by the way,the narrator was good), I really enjoyed it, but I liked the characters on the Hunger Games better, I felt they were a little more likeable than they were here, but I did enjoyed the heck out of the action tho.

  3. Great review. I finished Divergent sometime ago, and enjoyed it as well. I can't wait to read Insurgent! :)

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