Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publishing Date: May 3rd 2011
Length: 496 pages
Genre: YA, dystopian novel
Source: ARC from Pulisher

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.

 Summary by Goodreads 

Attention, this is an eulogy, consider me DIVERGENT fan for life! This book is not as good as expected, but dimensions better!

Beatrice or Tris is the type of  plain character that is soon noticed as the honest and adoring girl that she really is. She has a super honest voice that I cannot but adore. For Tris her whole life depends on one single choice. Thinking about the events of DIVERGENT  it overwhelms me that they all depend from that one single moment.
For the male protagonist, let me use four simple letters: L-O-V-E!

DIVERGENT  has a character cast that covers all imaginable profiles, some are honest, some cruel, full of hatred. Then there are amiable , compassionate, strong, intelligent, brave characters. One should mean that one novel can not cover every single character type or segment of emotions, but Veronica Roth did a very good job by writing DIVERGENT. I fell head over heels for DIVERGENT and its revolutionary characters. It's one of the very first novels that totally got me without a love triangle.

At no point do the story, the actions or dialogues appear forced. In DIVERGENT affection is beautiful in its simplicity. DIVERGENT sets you under a current flow of electricity that feels so incredibly good.

Each word seems to be just in the right place, forming ideal sentences that together result in an adventurous read. In the middle of this action-packed novel that tries to cope with the raw instincts describing men, the coruptness of a society, we find ourselves attracted by a love story that is easy and endlessly beautiful at the same time.

Veronica Roth has a sense for the perfect interaction between time,space and characters. I can honestly call her one of the best present YA authors, because she finds the perfect balance between natural romantce and nerve-racking action.

Veronica Roth is one of my new favourite authors, she is highly-qualified, her writing is super engaging and her words deeply touching and electrifying. Her writing talent is realised 100 %.

This novel has not one single page that not had my full and undivided attention. Word for word stole my heart. If I talked about this novel in a chat, the wide emoticon palette would not be sufficient to describe my experienced emotions while reading this novel.

When I start thinking about books I wish I had written myself because of their pure brilliance, DIVERGENT  immediately pops into my mind. This world is so well-constructed, I wish I would live in it. Want to know what DIVERGENT stands for? Dedicated-intelligent-romantic-gigantic-engaging novel to crave!

1) we enjoy the thrill of heights
2) all good things are four;)
3) it's simply electrifying
4) we love this new fascinating universe and all factions for their special talents
5) of the numerous different faces that can be found among our new favourite character cast

A debut novel you won't forget too soon. When some people think of dystopian novels as the black-white bookish TV, DIVERGENT needs to be praised as the HD version of them all! I am impressed by its diversity and joviality. DIVERGENT  is the best novel I've read in 2011, and so far this have been many fantastic books!

* You can read the first 100 pages of DIVERGENT here

* Want to learn more about DIVERGENT's factions? Click here

* Read the Q&A with Veronica Roth here

* Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a copy of DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth!


  1. Your thorough review makes me want to read DIVERGENT all over again, and I just finished it last week!
    Thanks for commenting on my review! ;)

  2. HOLY CRAP!! This sounds FANTASTIC!!! I cannot wait to get my hand on this book too. Awesome review, I could really tell how much you adored this book!

  3. I just finished Divergent a few days ago! It was SO good!

  4. LOL @ calling it a eulogy, haha.

    awesome review (really, am impressed!) and i can't wait to read this one for myself, hey.

  5. So glad everyone's enjoying it as much as I did. Amazing!

    Love the review!

  6. TOTALLY agree! This book will win some awards for sure. Great review...working on mine today. ;)


  7. I agree - this book is amazing!! I loved it. Great review, thanks for sharing!

  8. Nooo... I wish you wrote that it sucked LOL Now I really have to buy this book. I don't have the willpower to make my book buying stops last more than a few days..

    Excellent review.

  9. Great review I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!

  10. I can't wait to read this book! Everyone loves it, I really can't wait for it to come out!

  11. Wow, what a response! I can't wait until I get my hands on this one. Everyone seems to love it SO MUCH, so I am completely, super, uber (etc!) excited for it. Amazing review. =D

  12. What a fantastic review! You've really made me want to read this book right now! Thank you for a great review.

  13. Wow, great review! I cannot wait for this book. It looks really good. :)

  14. Awesome review!
    I need to read this book, i'm super curious about it and i have really high expectations about it....

  15. Wow, sounds like there's some competition for Lauren Oliver (imho the dystopian highlight in 2011 so far):-). I'll go and get Divergent ASAP.
    Thanks for your awesome review.

  16. Wow, fantastic review and I *love* the blurb you wrote! I must agree: Four is amazing on far more than four different fronts. Definitely the best dystopian I've read all year, too! :)

    PS I'm reading Demon Trapper's Daughter (aka Forsaken) now, too. It's very big on urban fantasy, and I like it so far!

  17. I wanna read this book so badly! The way you reviewed just made it sound even better!

  18. Wow! What a review. x) Seriously, this book must be the new Hunger Games. I havent read it yet but Im so excited!!! And did I read right, no love triangles? I love love triangles but they seem to be in every single book so this is quite a fresh addition to the book. Thank you for the review.

  19. I've never been too interested in this book - but you've definitely changed my mind. I'm going onto the library website to see if I can get it right away! Thanks for a great review!

  20. Glad you like Divergent too. I don't read many YA yet but I love this book. Nice review too :)