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Tuesday 6 September 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title:- Divergent
Author:- Veronica Roth
Series:- Divergent #1
Publisher:- Harper Collins
First Published:- May 1, 2011
ISBN:- 978-0-00-742041-4
Genre:- Young Adult Fiction/Dystopian

For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice.

Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…. A debut novel that will leave you breathless.                                                             

Divergent is captivating, thought provoking and an edge-of-your-seat dystopian thriller.

The world is divided into five different factions, each representing a virtue. Abnegatiion, selfless, Erudite, intelligent, Candor, honesty, Amity, peaceful and Dauntless, brave. At 16 years old they must choose a faction. They can choose to stay in the faction they were born into or choose a new faction, one that they must live within for the rest of their lives.

Beatrice (Tris) and Caleb Prior was born into Abnegation. At the eve of the Choosing Ceremony each 16-year-old must sit for an aptitude test. Depending on the actions performed within the test the result comes in a way of a 'recommendation' as to the best faction they are suited to. Tris' result = inconclusive!

The characters were very realistic and not overly perfect. Tris was sometimes annoying and not always a heroine. She was indecisive, foolish and lacked courage at times but she comes through at the end when it matters the most. Four, the Dauntless trainer, was a little harder to read and until he starts unfolding his past that's when he became a likeable character. Another one of my favourite characters was Tris' Mother, I found her courage and her unconditional love towards her children to be refreshing in the world that Roth created where factions come before families.

Veronica Roth's writing is very descriptive and you truly feel you are within the world she has created. You are constantly rooting for them to get through their personal challenges. The mystery within the story was well written and filled with lots of surprises. I enjoyed that I was able to slowly piece the puzzle together each time Roth threw the readers a clue. Each clue was just enough for further speculation but not give the solution.

I thoroughly enjoyed the fast pace and suspenseful turns in this adventurous book. I only wished that Roth gave the readers more understanding as to what it meant to be a "Divergent". We are only told that it's dangerous and should be kept a secret.

My only other gripe was the lack of progress in the story during the Dauntless initiation, whilst still fast-paced, action-filled and entertaining, I didn't think it needed to drag on as
long as it did. Consequently, the climax of the story felt rushed. However, maybe Roth did that on purpose to further enhance our understanding for the sequel, Insurgent, which Roth just finished the draft of, you can read about it here.

Below is a video of Author, Veronica Roth, speaking about Divergent.


Book Crook Liza said...

I've been wanting to read this book! It sounds really interesting. Great review!

test said...

I totally agree with over all on this post, this is one book you just can't fail to read! can't wait for Insurgent!


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