Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
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.
Published in US: Feb 2012
Genre: Dystopia
Source: borrowed
Series? Yes. 1st. released May 1 2012 and releases Sept 26th 2013

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    It didn't take me long to get immersed in Beatrice's story. I felt for her that she didn't exactly fit in and felt she was on the edge of her faction, the people that her family belonged to, the ones that she grew up with. When she takes the test to help her determine her faction, she realizes why. When she chose to leave her faction, I felt for her, but also admired her bravery. I don't know that I could leave everything I knew, and my family for the unknown.
    Beatrice, or Tris is kick-butt and I liked watching her really determine what she thought was right and learn to stand up for it. With each trial in front of her, she realized more of her motivations and that she couldn't be boiled down to just one word, one character trait.
    I appreciated getting to know Christina, another transfer and watch them learn about the faction and face challenges together.
   I was kinda shocked at some of the betrayals and decisions that a few of the characters made. I was left in this position of almost seeing where they were coming from, but never being able to justify it. Then there were the actions of certain members in leadership that I don't think I will ever be able to forgive.
    Four was a constant mystery to me, I wasn't sure where his motives lay and especially at first, couldn't get a good read on him.
   Divergent was definitely entertaining, and I will be reading the next one. I liked it, but I do have to say that I have read other dystopias that I liked better. It was good, but not mind blowing to me. I think that I wanted more information than this book gave me about exactly what being a divergent meant and why it was such a secret. We see clues, and I guess that I understand why we don't see the whole picture, but it was just too clouded in secrecy and I didn't understand why. I also needed a bit more world building. I felt like I knew the qualities of the factions oh so well, because they were explained over and over, but not so much why they were there or how they worked in the world that is different from ours, and I am not really sure why.
    This is a very gritty book, it has violence, a bit of gore, and hard issues. It was hard to read about the characters I'd come to care about fighting each other, getting beat up, and going through other trials. It was also hard knowing that not all of them would make it until the end. Every time something happened, I wanted to halfway close my eyes because I didn't want one of the characters I'd just started liking, or had respected from the beginning become an outcast.
    Bottom line: Enjoyable start to a trilogy. I liked it but it did not live up to the hype for me. While I really liked Beatrice and the characters, something didn't completely click with me.

Similar reads: Hunger Games, The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, Defiance by C.J. Redwine, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Could you leave behind your family to follow your dreams?

30 comments:

  1. I got to be the last blogger in the world who hasn't read the book yet :)
    Great review!

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  2. I was also disappointed with this book after all the hype. In my opinion, The Hunger Games is still better. I also didn't really like the sequel until about 3/5 of the way through-it just wasn't clicking for me. Hope you enjoy it more though!

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  3. I LOVE this series! I have seen others voice the same questions you had but for some reason none of that bothered me. I'd be interested to hear how you find Insurgent. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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    1. I am looking for a hole in my schedule to read it

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  4. You know, I like Divergent, but I didn't think it was incredible like a lot of readers did. I just didn't connect w/Tris. Four actually saved the book for me. I started Insurgent months ago and am still only 1/2 through. Again, Four is the only reason I haven't quit. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Oh yes, I should've expanded more on my love for Four, even though I couldn't get a good read on him

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  5. I can understand what you're saying, but I loved some of the issues brought up. Have to agree with other commenter that Four was great.

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  6. I loved Divergent :D And I'm glad you enjoyed it! I loved Four, but Tris was okay to me. She wasn't all amazing, but she did have some strong characteristics that I liked. I can't wait to see what you think of book 2!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. She was strong where it counted for most part. I will read 2nd soon

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  7. I felt pretty much the same about this one. I liked it, but it didn't live up to the hype. The second book was a huge disappointment, however, I honestly hope you'll like it more than I did.
    Great review.

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  8. I think most people either love it or feel the same way as you do and think that it's kinda 'meh'. I loved it but many of my friends said they were expecting something better. I'll be looking forward to book #2, though, and see how the story continues. :)

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    1. I might would have enjoyed more if it wasn't so elevated but who knows

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  9. I have this one but haven't read it yet, one day I'll succeed!

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  10. I enjoyed this one too. I wasn't expecting mind-blowing so I probably enjoyed it more than you did. It was entertaining enough I want the next one. I was actually surprised at how much I liked it. When it gets so much attention, I actually don't expect as much. :)

    I don't think we have to leave our families in the same way if we don't wish.

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  11. Glad you finally read this one, I did enjoy this but thought book two was better. Have a nice weekend!

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  12. It's the writing. The story is kick ass, but the writing is lacking. This is the first book I can honestly say I think the movie will be better than the book.

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  13. I haven't read this yet, but I've had it since it was released. You know how that goes. Once I do read it, I'm going to try not having high expectations. Great review. Hopefully the 2nd book is better for you.

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  14. I agree with you! I liked the book but still felt like something was missing

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  15. Awww, I wish you loved it more but I am happy you enjoyed it. Hopefully you will like Insurgent more.

    Great review.

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  16. I wasn't completely thrilled with Divergent. I didn't think it had nearly as much action as people let me to believe. I haven't read Insurgent and I am in no hurry to. Some day though.

    Thanks for the review.

    Sara @ Just Another Story

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  17. I have not read this one yet. I want too, as I'm definitely curious. I think I'll enjoy it because I haven't read much dystopia.

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  18. We might have felt the same things, it did not live up to the hype and yes something did not click

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  19. I've read better dystopian's too so I agree with you. I guess it didn't live upto the hype

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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  20. Great review. Glad you liked it, and maybe you'll enjoy Insurgent more. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  21. I can't wait to read this one. Want to find out what all these faction things are about!
    Could you leave behind your family to follow your dreams? It would depend how much they were annying me at the time!

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  22. I haven't read this but now I'm intrigued - adding it to my list!

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  23. I loved the book (few people who didn't) and I'm always happy when I see another blogger feeling like this! :)

    Great review!

    regards,
    micky of Automotive Body Shops

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