Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Release Date: May 3, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Borrowed
IBSN: 9780062024022

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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

I keep hearing people say: ‘Oh, another dystopian book to add to all the other dystopian books…*heavy sigh*’ That baffles me. It really does, because have you read dystopian books? They are awesome, in my opinion. Keep them coming please! Especially if they are anything like Divergent!

Divergent by Veronica Roth is everything I could have asked for from the dystopian genre in a post The Hunger Games world. It has action, lots of it. It has an incredibly interesting world. It has realistic and complex characters, and it has romance. Not a lot, but the perfect amount to leave you breathlessly wanting more.

Veronica Roth certainly holds nothing back in this book. I’m kind of notorious for not reading blurbs. I read it when I first discover the book, but it’s usually forgotten by the time I read the book months later, and that was the case with this book. So, I had no idea that the world I was about to dive into was so intense and violent. Tris is probably the strongest and most kick ass character I have found since Katniss Everdeen!

The author makes her realistic and relatable by giving her weaknesses that she struggles to overcome. But overcome, she does! She’s small, and she gets beat up, but she learns from these things and that made her a fantastic character. She was clear headed and intelligent. Really, the best thing that I can say is: she was the best character for this book. Sometimes you have a great plot and not so great character. Sometimes they just don’t fit with the story the way you would like them to. Divergent and Tris are seamless.

I know I have compared it to The Hunger Games twice now, but really it’s the only book that I have read that is even comparable. I didn’t love it as much as THG, but this is a book for The Hunger Games fans, definitely. The world building is flawless. It’s scary and fascinating, everything that I love in dystopia.

Divergent keeps getting better and better as you flip pages. I advise that when you sit down to read this you better have a lot of free time, because you won’t be able to put it down. Divergent is worth the hype. Read it!


  1. Kara Helen says:

    It sounds like a great book. You're right about there being no such thing as too many dystopian books. Since I love kick ass heroines, I'm definitely going to check this one out.

  2. Great review! Can't wait to read this. I might have to e-mail Veronica this link, since she's having some writerly doubts right now. Clearly, she has nothing to worry about :)

  3. Mocha ღ Latte says:

    Great review as always. I absolutely loved Divergent and have now placed Veronica Roth on the list of authors i want to meet someday. Goodness, i was absolutely surprised by this novel.

    -Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte.

  4. Great review! I loved The Hunger Games so this is a must read for me. C'ant wait to read of Tris.

  5. Jessica (Confessions of a Bookaholic) says:

    I also mentioned The Hunger Games in my review because it was just THAT good. I try to never compare books or even mention other books in reviews but I couldn't help myself with this one. I actually wrote that I DID like it possibly more than THG and that's something I've never written. :)

    This book is crazy-good!
    Fabulous review <3

  6. MoonStar says:

    Awesome review :) The book sounds amazing. Super excited about it. And it´s on top of my wishlist 😀

  7. Savannah says:

    Great review! I love this genre and can not get enough of it!! BTW, which fraction would you choose? Just curious!

  8. Great review! I loved it too. But you already know that. 😉
    I'm glad that it was good enough to even get compared with The Hunger Games!

  9. I'm going crazy waiting for this one! Actually…I pre-ordered it (which I rarely do) and I'm considering driving 7-8 hours to go to a signing in June (we'll see if my husband let's that road trip fly…on a Tuesday).

    Thanks for sharing! Made me even more anxious to read it!

  10. I definitely enjoyed this one too. Although I don't like it being compared to The Hunger Games because it didn't really 'compare' for me.

  11. So glad to read this is amazing. I've got two books ahead of it and then it's mine, all mine. Thanks for the review!

  12. Christy @TheReaderBee says:

    I'm really excited to read this! I loved The Hunger Games series, so this is right up my alley. :) Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  13. Annie McElfresh says:

    LOVED This book!!! 😀

  14. Great review!

    I can't wait until I can finally get my hands on Divergent :)

  15. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) says:

    I've heard some mixed opinions on Divergent, but the people who tend to enjoy the books that I enjoy (you included) have loved Divergent. I've been eagerly awaiting it for a while now. Your review makes me want to read it all the more. THG ranks up there as my second favorite book series (HP is #1), so having Divergent compared to it, twice, solidifies my need to read it. Great review!

  16. Casey (The Bookish Type) says:

    I totally agree. This book is right up there with The Hunger Games, which is the highest praise I can give =) I love the way you describe Tris and the story as being seamless. Great review!

  17. You're right! So good as Hunger Games, and absolutely addictive… Can't wait for the second one!

  18. Aisle B says:

    YAY! I loved this one too. I agree dystopian is an amazing genre- it's about survival and when done right – it is completely explosive.

    Bravo on your review and WOW for Divergent.

    PS Heard that Roth will entitle the second book Insurgent. Should be interesting… now we just have to wait for its release!

  19. And when the characters and world were mixed together, it created quite a plot. There were so many twists and turns within this one that I never exactly knew how everything was going to end, and more importantly, I loved how Veronica didn’t shy away from the gritty parts within this: the death, the scars people have, the fight to find your way in life, everything was in this and nearly perfect. 


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