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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Book review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062024027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024022
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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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

My review:
A lot of people compare Divergent to The Hunger Games.
And well honestly, when I first picked Divergent up I thought it was going 
to be a major rip off.
And I also never thought I would say this, but...
I liked Divergent more than The Hunger Games.
There, I said it. 
For those who have read and loved The Hunger Games and have never read Divergent,
probably think I am absolutely nuts.
Don't worry, I know exactly where you are coming from.
When I read The Hunger Games I thought there was no way a dystopian book to come close to the perfection of The Hunger Games.
But about half way through Divergent I knew that I definitely loved it more. 
I felt like the pace was perfect, the characters were perfect, the storyline was perfect, 
everything was just freaking perfect!
The story world Veronica Roth created was genius.
It reminded me of a mix between The Hunger Games and Matched.
I could go on forever about all the bits and pieces I loved about Divergent,
but I don't want to give away any spoilers.
Instead of me being tempted to do so, why don't you just go ahead and buy it.
Read it.
And get completely obsessed with it.
Ready, Set, GO!

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  1. I'm with you. That's exactly what I thought. "It's better than THG." Who would've thought those words would ever come out of my mouth O_O

    Just read this one! Loved it. Here's my review :)

  2. Thanks for the review. This is on my tbr pile and now I can't wait.

  3. Awesome review. I thought that Divergent was better than The Hunger Games too :)


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