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Divergent by Veronica Roth

June 13th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Picked up at ALA Midwinter

Publication date: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

I kept hearing people rave about this book but for some reason I just never picked it up and it lingered on my bookshelf.  I was in a reading slump so finally decided why not and OMG so good!  I’ve been hearing a lot of people comparing it to the Hunger Games but I don’t think you should go in with that mind set.  Just judge it by itself and it will quickly make a spot in your favorite reads!  My dirty little secret is I was so hooked on the book that I pulled into the train station after work around 5:10 and actually sat in my car until a little after 6 so I could finish reading it even though I really should have gone home and spent quality time with the kiddos.  I know, horrible of me but I knew if I went home the kids would never let me finish reading it.  I felt guilty but it was just THAT good.

It wasn’t instant love because I couldn’t stand Tris in the beginning.  She appeared weak and pretty heartless (I mean she was disgusted when a poor guy is broken up after he has left his family behind, taking a beating & thrown into a whole new world).  But as she grows and figures out who she wants to be and how strong she can be her character grew on me.  And Four, the drill sergeant with a heart of gold trainer who oversees the new group of Dauntless is so sexy and intriguing that I could just sit there and stare at him in my mind all day long sighing over his hotness.

The world building and story line turned out to be much better than I was expecting.  The summary never grabbed me and even now reading it just doesn’t do the book justice.  I wish there was some way I could convey the awesomeness Divergent is without giving away anything.   This book is action, romance and mystery rolled up in one  amazing package.  I could continue gushing but will refrain and just say that this book certainly did live up to the hype and I cannot wait for more from Veronica Roth.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

7 Responses

  1. Bibliotropic

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I haven’t bought a copy yet, but it’s definitely on my reading list!

  2. Majanka

    Divergent is on my wishlist. I can’t wait to read this book.

    I’m a new GFC follower btw ;)

    Kind regards,
    I Heart Reading

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Bibliotropic-definitely pick it up!
    Majanka-thanks for following. Your site looks great!

  4. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Oh I’m so glad you liked it! I started this the other day and it’s a little slow, at first, so I started to worry. Glad it’s worth it in the end. Thanks for the rievew!

  5. kay

    I really enjoyed this one too! Like you, I thought it was much better than the summary had me think.

  6. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

    Everyone loves this book! Kind of makes me a tad upset with myself that I was in one of my “Oh, my gosh! I can’t keep up! I need to stop taking review books for a while!” modes when this came up for review. :) I’ll definitely be buying it, though

  7. Michelle

    I too loved this book, the characters and the plot. I’ve seen some say it wasn’t all that plausible and while true I still enjoyed it. I think dystopian allows me greater ability to set aside realism and just go with the flow. Kind of like fantasy. I am interested to see what happens in book two since the end of this one left lots of opportunities on the table.

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