Wednesday, 1 June 2011

{Review} Divergent by Veronica Roth

Release Date: 3 May 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 496
Author: Veronica Roth
Buy the Book: Amazon

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.

My Thoughts:

What can I say this was my first dystopian novel and this was the perfect way to get me to start reading more of them.  This novel was beautifully written and I absolutely loved it, well for the most part.

My only problem with this book that it was intriguing but only really got going towards the end. I felt very interested in the beginning and this novel has a very interesting and the concept was very well thought out and applied, but like I said, I would have preferred to see the book move a bit more in the beginning.

With that being said I would like to mention that in my eyes it was probably best to write it this ways as we get to see Tris’s progress and feelings that are felt, which are written in such a way that the words on the page may actually make you think that you are experiencing the same thing that the characters, which is excellent in a novel.

This was an awesome debut that people will most definitely love, the characters are all wonderful and I am sure that you would fall for at least one of them. This book will most definitely make a good impression on readers and I am sure that they will come back for more of Roth’s interesting and riveting tales. 

1 comment:

  1. Since you are just getting your feet wet with dystopians, I thought I'd recommend _The Handmaid's Tale_ by Margaret Atwood. It is one of my all-time favorite books and a dystopian classic.