Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth Review

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English

So to break it down to you. Beatrice lives in a dystopian Chicago and she is sixteen. At age sixteen you decide your life, whatever you want to do you you choose on this one day and you will do that for the rest of your life. These jobs are called factions: Erudite, Amity, Dauntless, Abnegation, and Candor. When Beatrice takes her aptitude test to help her decide what she wants to be in comes out inconclusive. The aptitude assistant explains to her that her choices in the simulation has made her Divergent, meaning she doesn't belong to any one faction. This creates a multitude of confusion, frustration, and caution Beatrice has to deal with. Not that she knows any better than the people around her, Beatrice will be in for a long and difficult ride on Choosing Day: the day when she chooses her life. 

Over all I am obsessed with this book. Divergent is just everything I thought it would be and a lot more. I was recommended this book by a friend. I have seen this book on bookstore shelves and it has caught my eye a few times, but it never stood out to me. Just the other day my friend bought this book as a birthday present she spent on and came back in a few days raving about how spectacular it is. I read this book in I'd say a little less than two days. I was a sitting couch for most of the weekend and nonstop reading for hours non ending. 

I really enjoy the main character Beatrice because she is just plain ol' awesome. She's one of those classic characters that I won't get bored with and she has nothing that is spectacularly different from everyone else. Though the story does takes place where the majority of the people are not open-minded. Also another character I really enjoyed is Four he's quite the mysterious guy in the corner, but through out the novel he progresses immensely and I'm just thrilled with his wit and over all character. 

A plus for me is that this novel, unlike so many out there does not have a love triangle. I don't think I have to dive in to each much more, but it was a relaxing calming affect knowing that there won't be "teams" for these two characters that have feelings for the main character. 

The main character Beatrice really drives and forces the events in the order they come and the novel is mainly driven by her and it was a different style of writing that I really love. Veronica Roth has an easy flow to her writing and the dialogue is just incredible. Leave it up to a debut author to blow all the experienced authors out with the wind. 

In conclusion, Veronica Roth's Divergent will be on my top list of favorite books for I'm hoping two at least two weeks because the second book Insurgent will becoming out on May 1st which I am so excited to hopefully buy and review that Friday. 

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