Friday, 20 May 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth


Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Trade paperback
Released: May 3rd, 2011
Grade rating: A

Amazon summary:

In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior’s world, society is divided into five factions – Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) – each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s group, and chooses another faction. After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly “perfect society.” To survive and save those they love, they must use their strengths to uncover the truths about their identities, their families, and the order of their society itself.

Review:

Divergent is the most exciting book I've read so far this year. It was so good that I sat and read it in one sitting, not even moving when I got hungry. Roth's vision of society fascinated me, her writing was compelling and her characters utterly addictive. I'm so, so glad it's the first in a series, because I want more as soon as possible!

In Tris's world, society was divided into 5 factions: Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation and Amity. When teenagers hit the age of 16, they must then be tested to find out which faction they'll choose to belong to. Tris chose differently to how everyone thought she would, and soon started a new life in a new faction. Do you see why this book was so brilliant?! Dystopian fiction is one of my favourite genres, but lately nothing has stood out for me. Divergent did though, and it's now on my favourite dystopian list with The Hunger Games and Matched.

Tris was a fantastic character to get to know. She was smart, headstrong and determined, and basically a strong told model for girls. She didn't let family pressures dictate her choices, and I loved her for that. She knew what she wanted and she went out and got it. Her relationship with super-hot boy Four, which comes later in the book, was also a highlight for me, and I will be shipping them all through this series. I doubt things will run smoothly, but I'm not expecting them too.

Divergent was full of edge-of-your-seat action, and had handfuls of twists just waiting to be discovered. It was gripping in the best way, in that I'm-not-moving way that eats up a whole day and leaves you breathlessly in need of the sequel. Finishing Divergent reminded me of when I turned the last page of The Hunger Games for the first time, and all I could think about was either re-reading straight away or ambushing Suzanne Collins' editor for the next book. If I could do that here, I so would. Veronica Roth has exploded onto the YA scene leaving a cloud of dust in her wake, and she deserves every minute of adoration that comes her way.

19 comments:

Hannah Mariska said...

Sounds so good - can't wait to read it!

The Library Owl said...

I'm so excited to read this soon, it sounds so good. I heard it's on the same level as The Hunger Games a lot and if that's true it must be good!

Midnight Bloom said...

I loved loved LOVED Divergent! Heart-pounding, exciting... I couldn't put this book down either. It's definitely one of my new favourites. I got to meet Veronica Roth this week when she was in Toronto and she's so nice! :)

Ramona said...

Great review, Jenny :-)

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

So, I should pick this one up when I have money again, eh? Noted.

Zoe Crook said...

This book sounds amazing, I really want to read it! Your review was great, thank you! :-)

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Tuning Into YA Books said...

I just finished reading this book and loved it :D
TRIS + FOUR :)

Even though this just came out, can't wait for the next book

Cliona said...

I SO want to read this! It sounds incredible! Lucky you...

Sally@Always Lost in Stories said...

This sounds like such an amazing book- I've heard only good things about it. Great review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I loved this too! I'm also really glad it's a series. I want more Tris and Four!

YA Vampire Books said...

Great, great, great review! Why haven't I bought this book yet? shame on me! :P

Emma Book Angel said...

I have seen so many reviews of this that it put me off reading it for a while - yours has inspired me to move it up my pile THANKS

Lauren said...

Yay I'm so glad to see you enjoyed this one!! I thought the premise of this was fantastic, and I definitely agree with you about Tris being a strong told model for girls. And Four was amazing as well. I loved seeing their relationship develop. Anyhow, great review!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I shall look for this one! Thanks for a great review!

Jesse Owen said...

Great review, I loved Divergent too - makes me want to read even more Dystopia (it's becoming my favorite) :D

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

I'm reading it right now and enjoying it much more than I thought I would! It's really a great read.

Lynn said...

this book looks so good. Have to read it!!
thanks for the recommendation.
Lynn

Rebecca said...

Yay I love these kind of books, definitely will be reading this some time soon!

Carrie said...

Yay! So excited about the great review. I bought this on my last trip to the bookstore but haven't read it yet. It sounded good so I bought it. Now, I'm a little more excited to read it.