Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth (spoiler-free)

YA/Soft sci-fi, dystopia
Published: 2011
Challenge: Dystopia Challenge, 350 pages challenge
Purchased at Borders Bookstore Columbus Circle

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.

Okay guys, I've been putting off this review because I don't know how I want to say this...but...I wasn't blown away. And here's why!

The Good News:
Tris kicks ass. I really like her character because she clearly grows throughout the story. The inevitable romance that develops is one that you actually root for and doesn't take away from the story at all. The whole idea of Factions is fascinating. It's a very interesting world.

The Bad News:
Nothing shocked me in the book. Nothing. And there were some super zingers and cool plot twists but I was kinda of like "Oh, okay. I could see that" or "Hm, will you look at that." I didn't feel like there was an opportunity for the reader to piece things together without it being thrown in our faces. I won't give away what I mean in case you read it. I also didn't find it necessarily gripping. I was able to put the book down on numerous occasions. I was a little disappointed by it more than I was overwhelmingly amazed by it. I'm hoping book 2 will knock my socks off.

Okay listen, yes, this book is imaginative and exciting sometimes. And it's shocking and mildly dystopian, but it's way too reminiscent of The Hunger Games. And having just read that series this year, it's fresh in my mind.

Anyway, despite the things I have to say about this book, I give it a 3.5 out of 4 stars. I think Roth is a majorly talented writer and I look forward to more books in the series.

PS: Stay tuned for a book discussion between me, Lisa @ Baffled Books and Nita @ Worth Reading It! I'm wayyyyyy more opinionated in the discussions haha.


  1. Ah, thank you! A not-so-sparkling review of Divergent! Everyone keeps telling me to read it and it just doesn't grab me, you know, the description. Maybe one day, but not soon.

  2. Haha, you're welcome, this is why we are bloggy friends. I don't think you need to run out and buy it right now at all. Definitely wait for the dust to settle lol!

  3. Whew. Ok, now I know who to go to if I don't love the book. I'm always afraid I'll be the only one :P Kudos to you for being brave!

  4. HAHA! Yes, Small, I couldn't hold it in any longer haha. And you can always tell me about it! Chances are I didn't love whatever book you're talking about either!


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