Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions – Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice Prior, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is. Her choice shocks everyone, including herself.
During the initiation that follows, Tris and her fellow initiates undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends really are – and whether she can trust the man who both threatens and protects her.
Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those she loves… or it might destroy her.
When Divergent was originally released I was neck deep in my career, I was only reading at most three books per year and I just couldn’t keep up with books as they were released as I do now. Needless to say the Divergent trilogy was one of many series which I have been desperate to get caught up on. When these new and rather stunning covers were released earlier this year, the publisher very kindly put the books back out for review which was the perfect opportunity for me to pounce!
Divergent is the first part of the trilogy and was everything I hoped it would be. Veronica Roth describes in detail this dystopian world where people are split into factions based on their personality traits and people within the factions don’t mix with other factions. We meet Tris, Beatrice, in the faction she has grown up in, Abnegation, a very bland and straight laced faction where the role of each person is to think of others and be selfless.
As the story progresses we see Tris learn she is a Divergent, someone who could fit into multiple factions, someone who is dangerous to the leaders. When she switches factions at her choosing ceremony, a kind of graduation, she starts to see life in a new light, but also how dangerous some of the leaders are.
Veronica Roth’s descriptions are vivid and create very specific pictures in your head which I love, I really do enjoy being able to create an image of the world as I’m reading and it was so easy with this book. The story is full of suspense and gripping drama. I was concerned that having seen the movie this may interfere with my enjoyment of the book but I was able to get completely engrossed in the book and push my memories of the movie aside.
This is a young adult book but was thoroughly enjoyable to me as an adult. I could barely put it down and just wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. I’m really looking forward to getting to the next book to find out how the story will progress.
A huge thanks to Veronica Roth and Harper Collins Children’s for the ARC via NetGalley to provide an honest review of this novel.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: 3 May 2011
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Audio, Hardcover, Paperback
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