Jun 7, 2013


I'd heard quite about about Divergent by Veronica Roth and I've had it on my to-be-read list for a while now. Once I finally bought the book it just sat on my bookshelf collecting dust. Dystopian books have never been my favorite but this one sounded good and I wanted to have it read before the movie got released. I'm glad I finally read it because I did enjoy the story that Veronica created.

 Summary from Goodreads:

 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.

Tris lives in dystopian Chicago. There are five factions and when you turn sixteen you get to choose the faction you want to spend the rest of your life in. The choice Tris makes changes her life for good. It brings light to herself and the society she lives in.

Tris is an interesting character. I had very complicated feelings about her throughout the book. I never really disliked her but more I felt like at moments in the book she was really cold. But then there would be moments and her sense of humor would shine or she'd feel empathy for someone. Tris felt very complicated to me. I don't think I ever really came to fully understand her thought process but I did love how she turned out in the end of the book. The girl's tough and she isn't afraid to put her own life on the line for someone she cares about.

Oh, Four. He is not the typical YA boy that's for sure. If anything he's better. He'll go to your funeral if there's cake. That whole cake line made me laugh so hard! I adored this character. He was multilayered, blunt and so fresh! He strayed away from the typical love interest. He told it how it was and sometimes wasn't very nice. But he wasn't always aware of it. The thing about Four is he was never mean to be an ass. He just said what was true.

Veronica Roth did a superb job at her world building. Everything was clear and creative. The factions were well created and thought out. I've said this before about Dystopians and I'll say it again. They often confuse me. The worlds get all funky and it's like "Hold up! Take a step back." That wasn't the case with Divergent. There was one point in the book where I got a bit confused and that was towards the ending when everything started unraveling. It seemed very sudden to me and my first thought was is this really happening or is she dreaming? Other than that one point I really loved Veronica's style of writing!

There are two many characters in this book to all get mentioned but I felt like there was a good balance of character to love and characters to hate. I also loved that Veronica Roth wasn't afraid to kill some off. There was one death I was not expecting at all and it honestly made me gasp. I felt so bad for Tris in that moment.

As I write this review I find myself loving the book a bit more. Originally I had all intentions of only giving this book 3 birds. I knew that I enjoyed the book but I didn't feel that spark and adoration that I do with some books. But I find myself loving it a bit more after I sit here and think more about it. That being said Divergent is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me! I enjoyed this book and the twists and turns that it had. It was creative, action packed, and an all around good read! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good story!


  1. I absolutely loved this one! I'm glad you've finally read it, and you liked it too! :)

  2. I really enjoyed Divergent! Just reading your review is reminding me why I loved it so much. I wish they hadn't overhyped Insurgent when it was released. I'd wanted to read it so bad, but then all the hype left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I almost want to read Insurgent now though!

  3. I gave this 5 because I loved it when it first came out but I have a feeling that if I read it now, I would give it a 3 or 4

  4. I remember when I finally read Divergent. I had bought it to take to the beach and after starting it, I sat in the sand for 4 straight hours reading. It even started to sprinkle and I fought with my friend to go back home because I was so into this book. LOL. Tris wasn't my all time favorite character in the beginning. But I felt like she did a lot of growing between Divergent and Insurgent. I hope you plan on reading Insurgent as well. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Great review, Bailey!