Thursday, 9 February 2012

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
(Divergent #1)
5 out of 5 stars

Published by HarperCollins Children's Books

Divergent was so incredibly fast-paced that I finished it within two days. Even though it has close to five hundred pages, it doesn't feel like so long a read. From the moment we meet Beatrix, later shortened to Tris, I was hooked.

I like this book so much that I don't have enough words to write a full review. There is not one piece of Divergent that I didn't like. I loved the romance between Tris and Four. I was swooning after fifty pages, which is a record for me. I love the sense of community in the Dauntless. I loved Tris as a character, I loved that she wasn't a total goody-goody. I loved the simple and clean writing style. And I loved the holy-crap-the-world-is-going-down exciting ending.

The most incredible thing about Divergent is that it's a debut novel. That means Ms Roth is only just getting started. There is going to be so much awesome in her future...


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Jennifer | Book Den said...

I'm a big fan of Four myself. :) I think the rest of this series is going to be excellent.

Celine said...

I think so too! I'm very much looking forward to see how the world works outside of Chicago.. And maybe get a more up-close look of the other factions, like Amity (:

Andrea said...

I've heard amazing things myself, and everyone is so excited for Insurgent as well. I'm really interested to read this one! 

Celine said...

You should read it! (: There are very few people that didn't like it

Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

Yay! Awesome review. I so agree! Love it all. The world was so fascinating and Four <3

Celine said...

Haha, thanks! Oh yes. Four *swoons*...

Hanna Whitehead said...

I struggled to write my review of Divergent because I honestly couldn't think of one bad thing to say about it. It was just... perfect. Plus I'm not normally a fan on YA romance, but the relationship between Tris and Four was so well-done that I couldn't help but love it.

Can't wait for Insurgent :)

Celine said...

I know exactly what you mean! Normally I try to give at least one point of critique in a review but there just isn't anything to complain about in Divergent... Insurgent has a very high standard to live up to ^^

Imel Cullen said...

I'm fallin love with this book, it's perfect..and I Love relationship between Tris and Four^^

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