Book Review–Divergent by Veronica Roth

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This is the 23rd book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Published January 1st, 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books

 

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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I recall reading this a while back and enjoying it, but I couldn’t for the life remember much about it–which is not good, huh? So I decided to pick it up again so I can maybe read the next two books and watch the movie. Now I’m wondering if I actually read the whole thing because while some of it started coming back to me, I don’t remember a lot of this.

The world building is incredibly weak, but I liked the story, writing, and characters so much that I was able to disregard all that. My book also came with some neat extra features that made me value the book a little more, like where Roth got the faction names. The “world” in Divergent is interesting if you don’t put too much thought into the history of them. I hope the other books sheds more light on the factions. I’m particularly drawn to Amity.

The characters is what mostly made this a great read for me, though I did enjoy the plot. Usually action-driven plots are hard for me to keep up with/visualize but I had an easy time imaging them with this book. I really liked the last conflict–it was kind of ingenious.

Tris is an interesting, engaging character who I cared a lot for. Her history is also pretty neat–a girl coming from a “selfless” faction who does not feel selfless yet sometimes shows that she is when other people are in danger. I felt for her when bad things happened–particularly toward the end. I also liked Four/Tobias, Tori, Christina, and Will. I also liked Al in the beginning but unfortunately he does two things that made me dislike him (though I did kind of still feel sorry for him).

The romance is also well done. No insta-love or triangles. I liked the side romance that Tris’ friends have, too. It’s cute. Though also kind of sad later on.

I’m intrigued on how this series ends. Hope to read the next two soon.

 

P.S. I deducted half a star for the weak world building. Even Hunger Games was more plausible.

 

 

4halfstars

 

 

 

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