Book rating: 05 Paperback Divergent Trilogy

By (author) Veronica Roth

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 41mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN 10: 0062024035
  • ISBN 13: 9780062024039
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 405

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Society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a 'perfect society'. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice Prior renames herself Tris, rejects her family's Abnegation group, and chooses another faction.

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By Thehonestowl 16 Apr 2014 5

The honest owl is flying by with a review for divergent.
I liked it a lot it's like a big training montage. Although there were some s***** romance elements in it.
Note: Has anyone noticed how every review has at least half as many thumbs down as it has thumbs up. Seriously type in any book name and look at the reviews they always have heaps of thumbs down. Does someone go around pressing a thumbs down on all the book reviews or something?

By Elisa F 04 Mar 2014 5

After hearing about this book for so long and how great it was and that it was coming out as a movie this month, I decided to go for it and buy it. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

I believe I have never read such a dystopian kind of book. Divergent brings a whole new concept, in my opinion, and it can pull you into its world in a heartbeat.

Right from the start we are presented with Beatrice (later on known as Tris) and her struggle to come to terms with the upcoming test that will define the rest of her life. Since the whole book is narrated by this character it was incredibly easy to experience her feelings as your own, and I absolutely loved this about 'Divergent'.
Once she gets into 'Dauntless' things start getting way more interesting. She gets beat up, she falls in love, she becomes a fighter and she becomes acquainted with the loss of a loved one.
Through out the book, and mostly due to these situations, Tris grows from an oppressed girl to a free, brave young woman who will not stop at nothing to save the ones she loves and defend her beliefs.

One thing that I did not particular liked or agreed with was how fast she fell in love with Four, yes I do understand this happens in the majority of books and that maybe because it is a book, it seems to happen faster than if it was real, but it still annoys me a little. I cannot help it.
This being said, I ship 'em really hard.

By louise 28 Dec 2013 5

This is such a brilliant book. I loved it so much that I read it cover to cover in a day. I think anyone who loved the Hunger Gamed will love this too. I cant wait for the movie to come out. Nice work Veronica Roth xoxo

By Ruth Hill 29 Nov 2013 5

Well, I have finally finished one of the most successful young adult books of recent history, and I honestly couldn't be happier. Although often compared to "Hunger Games," this is a book that deserves its own special spotlight. It is the first in a series, and I am glad I read it before the movie comes out.

First things first. The profanity in the book is extremely minimal and almost not worth mentioning. But that's not the best part. The two main characters are virgins and not jumping into bed with each other! I realize that could be considered a spoiler, but I don't think it is. Young adult books have become increasingly more inappropriate in later years, and this book is a welcome relief from that. When my daughter gets a bit older, this will be the book I will want her to read.

The story, characters, and writing style are amazing in this book. I enjoyed it from the beginning, but it wasn't until the book was almost done that the action truly intensified. I cannot believe how quickly I read the book, and I can hardly wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

By Smalltownbelles 28 Aug 2013 5

It took me two years to start reading this book. Two years of ignoring the hype and a movie in production until i finally jumped on the train (pun intended) and added Divergent to my stack of favorites.
You all know what it's about, and if not, there are plenty of summaries, so i won't bother with that and get right to the point.

"I think we've made a mistake," he says softly. "We've all started to put down virtues of the other factions in the process of bolstering our own. I don't want to do that. I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest." He clears his throat. "I continually struggle with kindness." - Four (p.405)

This book is absorbing, it stayed with me even when i was not reading. I don't have this feeling with a lot of books, many i enjoy but they don't have that much of an impact on me. But the story stuck in my head until now.
Something I really loved about this book was the characters. They were rich and extraordinary and i realized that you don't get to read about those kind of characters very often in YA fiction.
Tris is exceptionally confident, yet relatable. There were a couple of situations where i actually felt the way she feels, either because i would be the same in the situation, or because i've been there. She's also tough as nails and she's the one driving the action in the plot, not the other way around.
And then there is Four. He's got that rare quiet strength about him, yet shows vulnerability later in the story. Even though he was always a mystery, not once did i have the feeling that he's not a full character, in fact, i felt like he has a story when he's not in the story. I can imagine what his life was like before he met Tris. We even get to see a glimps of it through Tris' eyes. There was this scene where he was drinking with his friends by the chasm. I would have loved to see more of that Four. Tris doesn't understand why he does the things he does for quite a while. But everything he says and does is for a reason. I could never be mad at him. And their relationship was no insta-love, thank God for that.
Then we have Tris' friends: Christina and Will, and there was also Al. Each of them were realistic. Christina's reaction to Tris' rankings, her affection to Will, and his peaceful aura. And Al, who was weak, but important for the story. Of course there were also people that i hated, like Peter and Eric, but they were all necessary as well. Noone seemed to be a gap-filler. But what i think is most important to mention: You get to know the characters not through what they claim to be, but through the way they act.
The whole initiation process (basically the whole book then) and especially the simulations were MIND-BLOWING! It was interesting to see how Veronica Roth built the story on her knowledge about Fear Exposure Therapy.
The form of society she created in Dauntless, reminded me of a twisted form of 'Carpe Diem'. It's an adventurous atmosphere, people get tattoos as part of their everyday life, they jump off buildings, ...
The whole book includes so much action i'll probably need to reread it at one point, so much has happened in such a short span of time.

'Divergent' covers three of the five factions: Abnegation, Dauntless and Erudite. I hope to see more of Amity and perhaps Candor in 'Insurgent', it seems likely.

There were some things i didn't fully comprehend though: Why exactly is it so dangerous to be divergent? Because they can manipulate the simulations? Yeah, but how do they do that? Maybe 'Insurgent' will shade some light on that.

Review quote

"You'll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel."--BookPage

Back cover copy

Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and more!In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.