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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Amy's Book Review on 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
Buy the Book: Amazon
Visit the site: Veronica Roth
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

Here it goes..... this book was off the charts AMAZING! I loved the characters, the pace, the setting, the writing, the romance, the violence/action, the sad, the happy and the ultimate storyline that challenges The Hunger Games Trilogy for best dystopian ever written!

The characters. Okay, so there were several characters that stand out that made this book amazing!
 First we have Beatrice "Tris" who completely rocked the female role. She reminded me of Katniss, just because she knew who she was and she knew what she wanted. Tris would stop at nothing to get what she had aspired to be. Her pride and determination made her beautiful and untouchable. I loved Tris' character so much, she inspired me more than any other character has inspired me in a very long time. Seriously, she was so determined to get what she wanted, she would go through physical pain and lift her chin up high. The last thing Tris wanted was someone to witness her failures, weakness and flaws.

Next we have Four, he was Tris' mentor for Dauntless (the brave) he was at times... tough, crazy, cool, sweet, protective, and just plain lovable. I loved his character, so many little things I can't say just because they would be spoilers, but trust me! You know when you are watching Pride and Prejudice and Mr. Darcy makes fists with his hands every time he encounters Lizzy... you know what he is feeling... well it's like that. Little things. He had such a vulnerable side as well as a tough side and Veronica Roth wrote his character with such amazing thought.

Other notable characters like Christina, Al, Peter, Will, Eric and Caleb were friends, some foes, they all just really rounded out the storyline perfectly.

All  in all I would have to say I would read this book again and again! It is going on my favorites list and it is also a clean read. We just gave away this book and had it on our ReadingCleanSpotlight, this last month. I'm sorry if you missed it. 

The five factions in the setting of Divergent are: Candor - the honest, Abnegation - the selfless, Dauntless - the brave, Amity - the peaceful and Erudite - the intelligent. What would you choose? Go here to find out>>> Divergent Faction Quiz   

I took the quiz and got CANDOR:
You value honesty above all else and love a good debate. You don’t see the point of sugar-coating anything and so you always tell it like it is—even at the risk of insulting someone or hurting their feelings. But the next time you get into an argument, try asking yourself: “What’s more important—being right? Or being kind?” Things aren't always as black and white as you think.

Hmmmm, that might be a true statement about me. Read this book, especially if you like dystopian, Hunger Game-esk type books. It was amazing, non-stop, bloody, tense and most of all romantic!


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  1. This book is right up there on my TBR list but your review might have just bumped it to MUST READ NOW!! Thanks!

  2. Amy, I totally agree. Didn't it leave you dyyyyying for the next book in the series??

  3. This is STILL in my TBR pile.

    Must. Read. Quicker.

  4. I must read it! MUST!
    I expected to get a copy at BEA, didn't happen...

  5. Glad you thought this was amazing too and is on your favorites list. We both loved it as well and included it in our favorites too! Four was very cool and I think my favorite part was when they did "capture the flag."


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