Friday, 22 July 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Title: Divergent
Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 3rd May 2011
Pages: 299 (E-book)
Special Features: N/A
GoodReads Average Rating: 4.5

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.
This book is a magical piece of YA Literature

This book is probably going to be one of the hardest reviews I will ever write, it's not often that you will come across a book this amazing, and addicting.
It was the hype along with many other dystopian books which have recently hit the shelf, but this one stood out the most, everytime I went on my Blogger dashboard there would always be a new review for Divergent or on Goodreads always someone who has just started it, and I am yet  to come across anyone who hates it.

I read this as an E-book, which I tend to avoid because I normally get distracted, but I never even went on another program or got the slightest bit distracted during reading this book, but unfortunately had to stop half way through because I had an exam, and I couldn't stop thinking about it (Recommendation: Do not start when having an exam the next day).

Firstly the plot time, for me the plot was fantastic, I was so keen on it when I first heard about it, but soon came very attached. I will admit I slightly say parts of Hunger Games in the book, for example, and I believe the only example: the factions, Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite, each based on traits, resemble the Districts in Hunger Games, but have been twisted to fit the story.

This author has shown, what I believe to be a unique ability when creating a story, the amount of research and planning which must of gone into this book, is no even capable for my brain to comprehend. Each of the Factor's alone with picking names, and personality traits but have been hard work, which shows the commitment and love Veronica Roth has towards her writing and also emphasis's how amazing this book really must be.

As each page turned the story got more and more addictive and alluring. The beginning was not exactly the best example of a great start, but the story more than improved, showing probably the best middle and ending I've came across. Dare I say, this book could possibly be the best book I've ever read.

Each character stands out in there own unique way, and all contributing something spectacular into the story.
Trix, the main character is a very strong female protagonist, like many in dystopian novels. But she really sends out a great example to people everywhere, and is one of the greatest lead character's I have met. She sends a message to follow the heart, despite the possible difficulties and problems which may need a to be faced.

Please, you honestly don't know what you are missing until you read this book. The longer you put it off, the more annoyed with yourself you will be for not reading this amazing book.
So right now, go to your local bookshop and buy this book. Do not put it down until it's finished!!!

I could not give this book anything other than....

1 comment:

  1. Even better, I loved the characters. Tris was someone I came to admire and adore over time, because I loved how she not only become someone so brave and fearless over time, but she was also someone who would go to the end of the world to be there for her friends, especially Four, a guy who was cocky, adorable, secretive, and someone I came to love nearly as much Tris did over time. I also loved seeing her interact with her new friends, because not only did a different side of Tris come out when she was with them, but they also brought even more funny and heartbreaking scenes to the mix.