Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3, 2011)
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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.

My Review 

A lot of people have been practically begging me to read Divergent for quite a while. I'm not to big of a fan of the whole dystopia thing, but I decided to finally give Divergent a try. I am the fifth a final person on Reading Teen to read and review this book. For Andye's review, click here. For Amy's, click here. For Kit's, click here. And for Abigaile's, click here

I don't really have a whole lot to say about this book. The story is told from Tris's point of view. Tris wasn't one of the best characters in this book... Not at all. It seemed to me as if her narration was inconsistent and a bit unrealistic. This, I think, was the thing that I disliked most about the book. In my opinion, it was hard for me to get into the story while this character couldn't decide on what was bravery, cruelty, bullying, cowardice, selflessness, or rippling brainceps.

That means smarts.

It's a bit difficult to make up my mind on whether or not I like this book. There were certain elements that were very enjoyable and creative; others that, frankly, were a bit stupid with all of it's impracticality.

Another thing that bugged me a lot about the book was the morals. I know that not every book has to have a good guy who does everything right, but Tris was kinda messed up. Sometimes, she would stick up for someone who was being bullied, and at other times she was the bully. That's where the inconsistency comes in. This might just be me, but I really didn't enjoy it.

I always love a good world. Whether it's a world where wizards live secretly, going to castle for education in magic, or aliens with lightsabers, I always like it when an author is imaginative enough to create a world that in original and completely theirs. That's what Veronica Roth did with Divergent.  Although it is set in the future of this world we are living in today, it was a completely different society that was tied in beautifully with it's factions and characters. That was one of the believable things about this book: all of the rules, guidelines, and beliefs of the different factions were applied so that, even though the characters sometimes didn't follow them, it was easy to believe that this was what they actually were supposed to be doing. That's just one of the examples of the awesomeness of the world Veronica Roth created.

So, for the first time, I am actually going to give a book two ratings. One based on the half of my mind that focuses on the bad, and the other that focuses on the good. This review might not be much help to you, so please read the other reviews for the book that I listed above. 


  1. Sorry you didn't like it very much. I like how you explained why you felt that way.

    The Dauntless were pretty crazy, huh? Now, make that CRAZY.

  2. *is probably one of the 'a lot of people'*
    Very interesting review. You brought up some good points, and your opinion definitely deviated from the majority, which is something to appreciate. I'm glad you didn't hate it/really strongly terribly dislike it!

  3. I put off reading this one forever b/c I strongly dislike dystopians. However, I had to go with the majority on this one, I loved it. I think my biggest problem w/ other dystopians is that they take so much time in the beginning world building that I get bored. Not so with Divergent, you dive right in. I'm sorry you didn't like it.


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