Monday, June 13, 2011

Book Review: Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Today I am launching into exam-marking mode (which shall last for approximately two weeks) so this review shall be a short one. Like, record short.

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.

(Summary from Goodreads)

You know that post-awesome-book depressive slump you go through because you're so bummed that it's over and you're not interested in reading anything else because you're convinced nothing else could be as good andlet's face ityou just didn't want to leave Tris's world, dammit!
You know that feeling?
Yeah. DIVERGENT is that good. Well, I thought so anyway! Plus the cover is really shiny and I can't stop looking at it.

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And if that wasn't a good enough review for you (come on... shiny cover! What more do you need to know?!) then you can check out the reviews at Goodreads. DIVERGENT currently has a 4.55 average rating!


Kittie Howard said...

I've heard so many good things about "Divergent" - it's on my holiday reading list.

Was going to e-mail you today - thought project ended Friday - but will wait till your massive project ends. Anyway, really like your idea!!!

Laura Josephsen said...

I've seen people talking about this book but didn't know what it was about until now. Sounds interesting!

Arlee Bird said...

I do like the cover and the concept sounds interesting. When a book is so good that you don't want it to end then that's pretty darn good.

Tossing It Out

Theresa Milstein said...

I gave Divergent 5 stars. While a couple of things bugged me about the book, they were minor in the whole scheme of things, so it didn't tarnish the book overall. I have a review on it at Goodreads.

J.L. Campbell said...

This is one I plan on reading.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I'm dying to read Divergent - it's gotten so many great reviews. It's on my VERY LONG to-read list. Why do I always have more books than time to read them?!

Shari said...

I have really been wanting to read this book!

Kari Marie said...

Ok, it's officially added to the TBR.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Rachel,

Thanks for the review. It sounds like an awesome read. I must add it to my reading list.

Don't work too hard exam marking.....

Sarah Ketley said...

Thanks for the review, i've been dying to read this one too.

will have to sort that out.

Good luck with exam marking, i used to hate that part... where you pick up the paper and scream at the poor student that got the easiest questions wrong.

have fun!

Anonymous said...

That is so next on my list, thanks Rachel!

Madeleine said...

Definitely the sign of a good book if you're still hankering for more. Enjoying the exam marking. :O)

Nichole Giles said...

Hey there Rachel! It's your lucky day. You won one of the books from the Possession blog hop last week. Email me your pertinent info to writenichole @ gmail . com so I can get this in the mail!