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Divergent

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Veronica Roth

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 38mm | 521g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007420412
  • ISBN 13: 9780007420414
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 11,932

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She turns to the future in a world that's falling apart. For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead...A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

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Veronica Roth graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in creative writing. While she was a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become 'Divergent' instead of doing her homework. It was indeed a transforming choice. Now a full-time writer, Ms Roth lives near Chicago. 'Divergent' is her first novel.

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By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 5

Attention, this is an eulogy, consider me DIVERGENT fan for life! This book is not as good as expected, but dimensions better!

Beatrice or Tris is the type of plain character that is soon noticed as the honest and adoring girl that she really is. She has a super honest voice that I cannot but adore. For Tris her whole life depends on one single choice. Thinking about the events of DIVERGENT it overwhelms me that they all depend from that one single moment.
For the male protagonist, let me use four simple letters: L-O-V-E!

DIVERGENT has a character cast that covers all imaginable profiles, some are honest, some cruel, full of hatred. Then there are amiable , compassionate, strong, intelligent, brave characters. One should mean that one novel can not cover every single character type or segment of emotions, but Veronica Roth did a very good job by writing DIVERGENT. I fell head over heels for DIVERGENT and its revolutionary characters. It's one of the very first novels that totally got me without a love triangle.

At no point do the story, the actions or dialogues appear forced. In DIVERGENT affection is beautiful in its simplicity. DIVERGENT sets you under a current flow of electricity that feels so incredibly good.

Each word seems to be just in the right place, forming ideal sentences that together result in an adventurous read. In the middle of this action-packed novel that tries to cope with the raw instincts describing men, the coruptness of a society, we find ourselves attracted by a love story that is easy and endlessly beautiful at the same time.

Veronica Roth has a sense for the perfect interaction between time,space and characters. I can honestly call her one of the best present YA authors, because she finds the perfect balance between natural romantce and nerve-racking action.

Veronica Roth is one of my new favourite authors, she is highly-qualified, her writing is super engaging and her words deeply touching and electrifying. Her writing talent is realised 100 %.

This novel has not one single page that not had my full and undivided attention. Word for word stole my heart. If I talked about this novel in a chat, the wide emoticon palette would not be sufficient to describe my experienced emotions while reading this novel.

When I start thinking about books I wish I had written myself because of their pure brilliance, DIVERGENT immediately pops into my mind. This world is so well-constructed, I wish I would live in it. Want to know what DIVERGENT stands for? Dedicated-intelligent-romantic-gigantic-engaging novel to crave!

THE VERDICT

A debut novel you won't forget too soon. When some people think of dystopian novels as the black-white bookish TV, DIVERGENT needs to be praised as the HD version of them all! I am impressed by its diversity and joviality. DIVERGENT is the best novel I've read in 2011, and so far this have been many fantastic books!

By Inga Kupp-Silberg 18 Feb 2012 4

My review:

I added Divergent to my TBR list almost a year ago, but did not manage to read it in 2011. This is also the reason why this review will be added to my TBR Pile 2012 Challenge.

Last year I was really hesitating to pick it up and start reading and there was a simple reason behind it - it was so hyped up and the reviews were so high and praising, so I did have my suspicions that it will be again one of these books... It was not. I know it is important to read the book yourself before getting any opinions about it. This time reviews did not lie about how good Divergent is. Divergent has its flaws as well, but it did not ruin the pleasure of reading it for me.

Divergent by Veronica Roth was a refreshing read amongst few other YA Dystopian books I have read. I enjoyed the brilliant world which she has created based on different skills people have and interesting characters were captivating. Divergent is a book which you do not want to put away after you started. It was little slow in the beginning, but the pace is picking up quickly and after that I read until I realized that I just finished the book.

The other fact which I was amazed by that the author is quite young herself. It should not surprise me, because lots of talented authors became good writers with their first book, but still. When I started Divergent, I did not do any research about the author prior to reading and after I finished Veronicas' book I was literally amazed. Veronica Roth is definitely talented author and I hope that the next book in series - Insurgent - is as good as Divergent was. Looking very much forward to Insurgent and this time I will not wait until one year after the publishing!

Regarding the plot:

The reader is introduced into a dystopian world where people are divided into 5 factions - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). You meet Beatrice/Tris who is about to choose her faction. She has grown up in Abnegation, but being selfless is not exactly what Beatrice is looking for because she is curious, likes to have her own opinion and she is little more rebellion than other people from her faction.

After Beatrice gets 16 she needs to pick a faction. Through the tests she finds out that she is divergent - hence the title of the book -which means that she has parts of all 5 factions hidden in her. Her choice is Dauntless though.

To become part of the Dauntless she needs to get her training and pass the tests and this is pretty much what the book is about. Of course there is much more in this book, but the first part in series dealt mostly with becoming a Dauntless. At the same time, Tris finds out that everything is not as it seems, there are big problems and competition about power between the factions and that brings Tris to quite difficult choices: how to hide that she is divergent which is seen as being dangerous; how to remain invisible together with her impressive test results; how to find out what is going on between Erudite and Dauntless faction; how to know whom to trust; how to understand her love interest Four.

What I was missing in the story was the background and reason why the humanity was divided into these factions? I personally did not understand that. There were some referrals to the society before the factions were created, but it was far from being enough to understand it. I am hoping that next books will bringer a better understanding of the world. Don't get me wrong - I loved the idea of having these factions and generally I liked the world what Veronica Roth created, but at the very end it did not match up due to lack of the reasoning behind it.

While reading the book and after finishing the book, I was trying to relate myself into these factions, I found out that the number of factions was what disturbed me mostly - I think most of the humans have characteristics from all the 5 factions - plus several other non-existing factions. I think that was probably the challenge for the author too, because you never find purely Dauntless or purely Candor or purely any-kind-of-faction people in real world. It intrigued me yet!

The other thing which I was missing was the late beginning of story development. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the book, it took too many pages to come to the point and conflict - the problems between the factions, the war between Abnegation and Dauntless. That was also reason behind me saying that the pace was slow in the beginning. It definitely gave some information about Abnegation and the Dauntless, but I wanted to see that conflict coming earlier in the book.

Otherwise, the plot was interesting, filled with action and rarely well written fighting scenes! Besides Divergent being of a dystopian genre, the author really gave a lot of good fighting scenes and action - it blew me away and I loved that!

Regarding the characters:

Let me start with stating that I liked Tris. Yes, she was sometimes immature, sometimes hollow and annoying but boy, she was suitable to the Dauntless. She was what I like to call kick-ass heroine (excuse the language). She was smart, brave, but there was vulnerable side in her which I liked.

When I liked Tris, I loved Four!

There were quite many characters I enjoyed when thinking of the supportive characters. I think Peter (who was actually a bad guy in the story) and Eric (even more twisted bad guy) were fascinating! The author did really well with the bad guys. I was also intrigued by Tris' family: her mom being from Abnegation, but was born in Dauntless; her brother choosing the Erudite instead of Abnegation; Four's father - the list would be quite long!

The supportive characters gave a lot to this book! It was definitely an added value to the story.

Generally:

The idea and the world of Divergent were fascinating. It did have its flaws, but it kept me reading and thinking. It had this magic way of drawing me into this book.

I will definitely read the next book in the series - Insurgent, but Divergent left me with mixed feelings: in one side I loved it for its originality, but on the other side there were important aspects missing, so I will take the average of 3 and 5 - 4 stars.

By Nea Barabea 03 Feb 2012 5

Ok, to begin with I feel like an idiot for waiting more than a month to read this book. I mean, what have I been thinking? Apparently I wasn't. This book is so amazing!

So Tris is a small blonde girl from a faction named Abnegation. People from there have a purpose to be selfless - help other people and forget theirself. But Tris wasn't really a selfless person and she has quite problems with that, in so fitting in.

When kids turn 16 they need to choose which faction they want to go. This is a big decision, because they will live there for the rest of their lifes. So Tris needs to decide if leave forever her family or staying in a faction where she thought she didn't belong.

That decision transform her forever.

Dystopian books are awesome! In the beginning I always find it difficult to understand the setting and the plot of the story. Because it's different from the world we know. Different rules, different values, different maners. So it takes time to understand what the story is about. But when you do, the story becomes great.

Divergent is an amazing book. Tris is such a small girl, but she is so so strong. There are so many obstacles she needs to face. She grows up as a character a lot. There is a lot of action in this book and you never know what will happen next.

And then there is this boy - Four - which is ohh my gosh! Gorgeous. Strong, fearless, great and also her instructor.

The story is so good that you can't put it down and stop reading. You just can't. So I suggest you to take your time when you want to read it, because you won't be able to stop. I needed to stop last night because I was reading on my computer and at 4AM I couldn't see anymore. It was so frustrating. And also insted of studying for my exam, I was reading Divergent :P

So if you haven't read this book yet, don't be stupid as I was! Pick it up and start reading it because BELIEVE ME it's worth it!

By Keren Kiesslinger 10 Jan 2012 5

First of all, let me just wipe my eyes and blow my nose. Goodness knows I need a whole box of Kleenex at this point in time. I have just put down DIVERGENT about 5 minutes ago and I am still sitting here with a tear stained face.

*Takes a couple of deep breaths, pulls self together to get on with my review*

I usually start with my appreciation of the cover, so that seems as good a place to start as any.

It's not pretty in your typical way of 'beautiful woman on the cover' or whatever. Instead it is stunning in the way of 'it caught my attention in the first instance, prompting me to take a closer look'. This cover is bold and impressive. The flames of the symbol are what caught my attention, then upon taking a closer look, I saw people on the landscape below and the skyline of a city. The whole feel of this cover shouts DYSTOPIAN at me. Having only read one book in this genre before, I was unsure what to expect. But I was also intrigued, to see what lay beneath this striking cover.

Now for the story itself...

Where to begin is the question. Also, how not to give too much away whilst still expressing how I feel about it. The thing is, these are usually questions I ask myself, but this time round it is extra difficult because I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment of this book by just babbling on about things that happened.
I know some people may read this, having already read DIVERGENT and are just coming to see what I think of it, but I also know there will be those of you that haven't read it yet.

So here we go, a hopefully spoiler free review...

This Dystopian world is segregated into 5 factions. Each of those factions are dedicated to the upholding of a particular virtue. These are: CANDOR (the honest), ABNEGATION (the selfless), DAUNTLESS (the brave), ERUDITE (the intelligent) and AMITY (peaceful).

On an appointed day of the month, all 16 year old must choose a faction to belong to. Their motto is 'Faction Before Blood', so it is not about staying where your family are. It is about making a decision about who you really are.
Beatrice Prior is 16 years old and finds herself faced with the choice; stay with her family or be the person she really is. Unfortunately for her, she cannot have both.

Initiation for Beatrice's faction is about to begin and when she gets asked her name, she decides to tell the other initiates that her name is Tris.
What ensues from here is a constant battle for Tris. She needs to determine who her friends are and whom she can really trust. Also, she needs to figure out how she feels about a sometimes infuriating boy and where if anywhere, a romance would fit into her life.
Tris has a secret. A secret that could be explosive. If anyone were to find out, it could spell out her death. There is no-one she can really trust this secret with, so she must keep it to herself.

Tris discovers something that she would be better off not knowing. But now that she knows, she can't sit idly by and let the growing conflict tear her faction or indeed any of the other 4 factions apart. Can Tris protect the people she has come to know and care about? Can she do the right thing? Does she even know what the right thing is? These are all questions she finds herself faced with.

DIVERGENT was completely gripping and all-consuming from the moment I picked it up. Tris started off as seeming quite meek. Yet throughout the story, she evolves and becomes a force that I would never have seen coming. She transformed in front of my eyes and it was like seeing a child growing up. One day they are just a child, the next they are a woman - brave, strong and true.

For me, Tris was one of the most enjoyable heroines I have met. She battled internally with who and what she was, but in the end she came to grips and accepted herself. Throughout every step of this book, I found myself more and more endeared to her.
There were times during this story that I laughed. There were times when I get angry with certain characters. There were also times when I felt soppy about the boy she liked. I have to say, I fell totally in love with him myself. It certainly isn't your typical romance, but what they have could be really wonderful. If it weren't for the fact that there is conflict likely to tear Chicago apart.
I hope in the next book, INSURGENT we see more of them as a couple, but I know that it will not be without it's ups and downs.

I love the way that from the beginning of this book, it was easy to understand without a barrage of information just being thrown at me. It was well set up and I found it easy to get to grips with the ins and outs of the different factions.
There are some brilliant characters. There are some awful characters. I will leave it to you to decide which are which. Even the awful characters are brilliantly written though. They leave you with that 'punched in the gut' feeling.

All in all, I adored this book. I went into it with the misconception it may be hard to understand but am glad I can say I was wrong.
I love Tris. I love Four. I have so much love for this book that it brought me to tears, multiple times. Hence why I needed tissues at the beginning of this review.

There are some books that you read and forget. This is not one of those. This book made an impact on me I am not likely to forget. I love Veronica Roth's style of writing and I simply cannot wait until May when I believe INSURGENT is due.

By Eileen de Boon 03 Aug 2011 5

I absolutely loved this book! The best dystopian book I have read until now. It's fast paced with action, suspense, some romance and great interesting characters. Can't believe it's Veronica's debut, she's a very promising and talented writer. I'm very much looking forward to the sequels. A must for all fantasy and YA lovers!

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Praise for DIVERGENT: "The next big thing." (Rolling Stone ) "If you like Hunger Games & Twilight, then get stoked for DIVERGENT! Trust us on this-this baby is going to blow up BIG! And if you chose to remain factionless, then you're gonna be one lonely soul." (PerezHilton.com ) "A taut and shiveringly exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely "DIVERGENT is a captivating, fascinating book that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises. It will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future." James Dashner, author of 'The Maze Runner' "Well-written and brilliantly executed, DIVERGENT is a heart-pounding debut that cannot be missed. Tris stands out in her action-packed, thrilling, and emotionally honest journey to determine who she wants to be in a society that demands she conform. It's dystopian fiction at its best!" Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of PARANORMALCY "A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away" - Publishers Weekly "Divergent holds its own in the [dystopian] genre, with brisk pacing, lavish flights of imagination and writing that occasionally startles with fine detail." - New York Times " A masterpiece of epic proportions and an outstanding debut novel." - Narratively Speaking Blog "Be prepared to sit on the edge of your seats as this heart-pounding thriller hypnotises you until the very last page." - Fantasticbookreviews.com