Monday, 11 April 2011

Book Review: ARC Divergent by Veronica Roth

Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (3 May 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0007420412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007420414
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 starsee all reviews

One choice can transform you. Pass initiation. Do not fail…
Thrilling urban dystopian fiction debut from exciting young author.

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.

If there were a ten star rating, Divergent would get, oh, say a million.

Divergent is one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. Not the best dystopian, not the best romance, not the best YA, not the best thriller. The Best.

As with all dystopian novels, Divergent is thought provoking. It takes an in depth look into the actions of humans; their thought process, their decision making and the choices that affect the children of generations to come.

Veronica Roth paints a vivid picture of a world that isn’t such a far cry from ours. Her character, Tris, can be identified with by a wide range of people – those who long to be strong or selfless, those who don’t quite know where they fit.

Tris herself is a strong character, stronger than she gives herself credit for. Her journey is vivid and awe-inspiring; so well written I found my heart pounding along with Tris’s and spent a big chunk of this book sitting on the edge of my seat.

The tension rises with every page turn, the situations harsher, the consequences direr. I lost myself in this novel, devouring enormous amounts of it at a time; so much so that when I had to return to real life, it took a few blinks for Tris’s world to dissolve before my eyes. Just as I think I can take no more, Roth diffuses the tension and reminds her readers that Tris is still a teenager and has fun with her friends. One page I am biting my nails to the quick, the next I am wearing a goofy smile induced by one of my favourite characters ever written, Four.

So many aspects of this book drew me into its heart. The struggles Tris must go through, the guilt over her family, blossoming romance and new friendships and bitter betrayals made this book and instant hit with me.

I am sure to re-read this book often and I can’t wait to fall in love with it all over again.


Medeia Sharif 11 April 2011 at 14:58  

I can't wait to read this. I keep hearing good things about DIVERGENT. It's on pre-order.

teeny104 12 April 2011 at 03:27  

It was the best book I've read in a long, long time, seriously. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and I gobbled it up in two days! Would have done it in one sitting if real-life could have been paused lol.

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