Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Source: Library
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.
Review:The earlier review I did of this book bugged me. It bugged me a lot. I myself couldn’t figure out the review. So, I did the only thing that made sense to me: I re-read the book. Yes, the entire book with a fresh mind. Now, I can’t see what the heck was wrong with me when I wrote that other review. Seriously, people, I was out of my mind. And now I have to say that I loved this book. It was such an amazing debut that I can’t believe I thought otherwise.

I’ve never seen a character like Tris before. She’s so tough and kick ass. She REALLY knows what she believes in and I found that to be amazing. She was struggling with her identity as an Abnegation so it was hard to connect with her then. When she joined Dauntless, oh my goodness, she was awesome. She belonged there. She was smart, quick, and she didn’t let anything bother her.

I love a good plot. I love a good romance. I don’t like it when a book is mainly focused on the romance when it should be focused on the character’s goal or something else. Thankfully, Divergent had a great plot AND a great romance. More so, the romance didn’t take over the plot. There was just the right amount of (super cute) romance that helped the plot progress. The plot, was SO AWESOME. It was like non stop action. The idea for the factions was interesting based on the virtues people like most but I had to keep flipping to the jacket flap to see what Amity believed in or who Candor believed in.

The writing was amazing. No seriously, I might have had some problems with the plot but the writing was a whole different thing. Ms. Roth was able to convey danger, fear, angst, happiness, hurt, and a lot of other things, very well. This was one of the reasons I connected with Tris. Also, it was great writing for a debut.

People, all I can say is that I loved this book. I think next time, I should read it book fresh of mind. I’m not sure (still) why I didn’t like this book the first time around. It was my fault and I shall never name that mistake again.

Overall: 5/5
Cover Comments: 4/5 It's really nice. I never did understand what the symbol was for (Dauntless, Abnegation, or Divergent)?

1 comment:

  1. LOVED Divergent! I do agree that the factions were a bit confusing at first. I was definitely with you in flipping to the synopsis to remind myself who was who!