Friday, October 25, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth Book Review

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten 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 YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

First of all sorry guys its yet another Dysotonian book review as I cant get enough of them at the moment. BUT...and this is a BIG BUT Divergent is one of the best I have EVER read and as a reviewer I do not say this lightly.

The Hunger Games have always been my number one, pipped at the post by Z2134/Z2135 but I have to admit Divergent and Insurgent have snuck past Hunger Games and leveled up with my favorite alltime Zs as my joint number one spot; as they are both so good but in completely different ways...sorry Hunger Games fans but you need to read this to see what I mean as it carries similar echo's of the Hunger Games trilogy!

Oh my.....when I read all the great reviews about this trilogy, I never believed it was going to be THAT good BUT IT IS, this book blew me away, so much so I have been reading for over 24 hours and Im nearly finished book 2 Insurgent as I couldn't stop reading this amazing storyline and plot. But I just had to write my review of this first book first.
Divergent has a unique original twist no one else has ever done. A Dysotonian society that at 16 you have to choose a faction which stems from your own personality.
(Amity = Peace, Dauntless = Bravery, Erudite = Knowledge, Candor = Honesty, Abnegation = Selfless).  What an incredible original idea for a book and Veronica has made it all work.

Where do I start...
Engrossing, riveting, addictive read. Its well balanced and it flows perfectly. You cannot put this book down...seriously....! Divergent is so completely original to any other book I have read in this genre, so those of you getting bored with Dysotonian style reads please give this a go. Its so good the film will be coming out in 2014.
I loved in particular the idea of the governmental factions that have been explained so well; its seems so authentic and completely believable and understandable.

Every character is perfectly created and are based around a 16 year old girl Beatrice (Tris) who you can really relate to; not because she is a perfect angelic 16 year old, but because she isn't, she has her flaws like us all. Roth makes us sympathize and root for her as she wants to change from her family faction Abegnation, (which would drive me crazy, they are so boring). Tris needs life, fun and excitement and maybe a bit of danger and she certainly gets that in abundance. We follow her anguish as she struggles with making the right life changing decisions, should she choose her family faction or follow her heart; with a chance she could end up factionless, a fate worse than death; a huge risk.

The idea of having to take a test at 16 years old to see which faction suits their personality is just genius. This brings such credibility to the supporting characters as it emphasizes their own personalities. But Tris holds a secret in that she can manipulate the tests and initiations and has been quickly sworn to secrecy as it could mean her death, the government do not like Divergents.  This is a fab twist to this amazing read.

Four/Tobias is the next main character is great mix of secrecy and mystery in the beginning; but I love how we gradually get to learn more about him and his family secrets.  He makes a fantastic love interest for Tris as they learn more and more about each other; but still maintains that air of mystery.
Every chapter urges you to read on as we watch Tris grow and learn more about who she really is, she gains confidence and becomes more self assured if not a little cocky maybe.  I love how she discovers family secrets that maybe her family are not so boring afterall.
Divergent is a brilliant first book to a fantastic series, its an extremely well written, compelling, fast paced read which I simply couldn't put down.

Its aimed at Young adult but I'm in my 40's and loved it...maybe Im a child at heart...but it felt like an adult read despite being about teenagers. This is not a quickie coffee book read, its a fully immersive escapism read to another magical world.
Im almost finished Book 2 Insurgent and its just as good if not this space!

Highly recommended especially if you love the Hunger games-esk plots.

Buy from Amazon UK

Author Bio

 Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

See her own website HERE

 The Divergent Trilogy

Also part of my Dysotonian Challenge and Sequel challenges

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