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Short Description for Divergent In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
- Published: 01 March 2012
- Format: Paperback 576 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062024039 ISBN 10: 0062024035
- Sales rank: 93
Reviews for Divergent
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 Elisa F
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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 louiseunder review
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 Ruth Hillunder review
It's occupying my mind!
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. by Smalltownbelles
One of the best books I've read all year!
The best thing you can do as a reader is dive into a book you have zero expectations for. If you do this, you'll do yourself and the author a favor by actually enjoying the book and fulfilling the author's goal to entertain the masses.
Divergent was dubbed "The Favorite Book" of Goodreads in 2011. I remember voting for it just because it was popular and not because I've actually read it. At that time, I wondered why the book was such a success. I wondered why it was so appealing to the young and old. I was actually pretty shocked that some of my friends didn't find the book impressive at all. And that's probably why I held no expectations for Divergent and it's now one of the best books I've read all year, of course, it'll be beside Feed by Mira Grant.
The first chapter began and the alternative universe Roth paints for us reminded me so much of many other Dystopian books out there. It was like Suzanne Collins, Ally Condie, Beth Revis and Veronica Roth were in the same writing group when they first started their debut novels. I complained so much at the beginning about its similarities to other books but then fifty pages in and I began to eat my own words, the book got really good, really fast.
The main reason why I loved the book so much was because of how human and me, Trice, the main character, was. She is one of the best protagonists I've read all year and I realized one thing: the best protagonists are the kind who sees themselves not as victims but as humans, who can overcome any obstacle they face. Trice faces any obstacle head on and that kind of determination you see in a character will inspire you to take life by it's hands, so you can lead your own way through it instead of the other way around.
The book had a gloomy and colorful world. In this alternative universe, the world is divided into factions wherein people are sorted by their personalities. The Abnegation Faction are the Selfless, Amity are the people of peace and arts, Candor are the honest, Dauntless are the brave, and Erudite are the intelligent. Life in this world is a lot simpler and people stuck with their factions and wars rarely broke out.
Now, for Divergent, what does it really mean? I actually went through 250 pages and I still couldn't figure out what it was. I might have been a little slow when I read this book so I couldn't process the obvious. Haha. I realized what Divergent was when I understood that Trice was flawed and truly human, and not selfless like the people of Abnegation. She wasn't wholly truthful like the honest of Candor, she wasn't peaceful and free like the Amity and not completely smart like the Erudite or fearless like the Dauntless. She was Divergent, rare and yet, she seems to meet a lot of people who are or used to know a Divergent.
I really loved following Trice and her adjustment to her new faction. I enjoyed laughing when she did, fighting and being angry along with her. I cried when she did and hurt when she did. Trice is incredibly realistic and the true heroine to follow in any Young Adult book.
I was surprised to find that the book held more character developments and growth rather than big leaps of plots and twists. It's refreshing and impressive; especially when Roth manages to write the most enthralling character developments I've ever read. She's a poet in her own little way and I absolutely love her writing style.
Divergent is a brilliant book of friendship, betrayal, family and the true meaning of selflessness. Roth has written a wonderful book that will leave you a month later still thinking about her book. I can't wait to pick up the next book and the movie isn't far off. by Najla Qamber
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"
*This review might contain spoilers!*
OH MY FREAKING GOD!!!!!
When my friend Carla told me I would love Divergent I wasn't expecting to completely fall madly in love with it. It's one of the BEST books I've ever read!
This books grips you since page one and when you finally find yourself back in reality again you've read around 200 pages without even noticing it. That happened to me during the night whilst reading this book. I've read 250 pages in two hours - that's something which has never happened to me.
Divergent is a Dystopia book - yah, can't you notice how Dystopia is slowly becoming my favourite genre? - which tells the story of Beatrice "Tris" Prior and her battle to keep her true self hidden. Yes, I do think that's a way to summarise the story. There's so much going on in the book I can't go around telling you all about it. It's a book you MUST read.
Tris starts the book as a person who has to live with the strict rules of Abnegation. She can't look at herself in the mirror, she can't talk during dinner, she can't even think about herself - that's completely against the ideals of Abnegation. She doesn't fit in it but, at the same time, there's a part of here that will always be part of that faction. Well, she might not fit in any faction since she's a Divergent - she has a little bit of all factions within her. Her character develops in a steady way, learning with her mistakes and feelings. He's honest and human. I liked her character a lot because she wasn't that sort of weak character that faints as soon as something terrible happens. No, she sees her parents die before her eyes but keeps fighting. She's a bad-ass!!!
Four (or should I call you...) holy smokes!!!
Four is, perhaps, my all time favourite male character in the world!!! He's ruthless but caring; he's a bad-guy but loveable; he's complicated and I absolutely adore him. He got a troubled past which made him abandon his original faction in favour of Dauntless. At the beginning he's mysterious and that made me intrigued. I wanted to know more about him, get to the depths of his soul and understand why he looks so trouble. His fears, his ways of dealing with bravery, with Tris, with Eric... God!!! He's just as human as Tris - perhaps a little bit more in my humble opinion - and the ultimate fascinating hero.
And that scene in the train between Tris and Four - when they go together to the city?! That's got to be one of the most romantic, adorable, perfect scenes I've ever read in my life.
Veronica Roth's writing was absolutely perfect. Never did the action weaver even with the romance within it. She managed to balance both in a way that wasn't cringing. Everything was so real; the emotions, the action, the setting, the characters. She managed to make you grab the book and never stop reading. Each page brought something new to you and you would just lose yourself within the story 'cause you would be desperate to see what was going to happen.
I admit, when Four was injected with the serum and brain-washed by it, I almost had a stroke. I forced myself to stop reading the book in order to clear my thoughts and my mind before continuing. That's how good the story was... it crawls beneath your skin.
Here's the comment I left Carla when I read that scene:
"You could have warned me I would suffer with this book."
I did... I suffered with this book! I suffer for Four, for Tris, for the entire plot and twists it had. But it was a good kind of undergo :)
It seems to me that I've been picking up amazing books recently. And this is definitely one PERFECT book.
If you haven't read it yes, what the hell are you waiting for?! by Leonor (Ner)under review