Saturday, 8 February 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 2nd February 2012
Pages: 489
Genres: Young Adult/Dystopian/Romance/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


Three flying birds...one for each member of the family I left behind.

Sixteen-year-old Tris is forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit.

So she ventures out alone, determined to discover where she truly belongs. Shocked by her brutal new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.

The hardest choice lies ahead.

Divergent has been niggling away at the back of my mind for months. Practically everyone has read it, and when others found out that I hadn't read it, they recoiled in shock, disgust and horror...okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating slightly, but that's what it felt like. I had previously owned a copy but I lent it to someone and I have no idea what happened to it. Then Harper Collins emailed me offering the trilogy for review, and I thought "Why not?" I accepted. The trilogy sat on my bookcase for a couple of months, getting pushed further down the TBR every day. Maybe I was scared to read it because it's so hyped, or maybe because it's quite long and I don't have much time for long books...or maybe they were just excuses. I needed a kick up the butt, so I decided to do a 'buddy read' with Charli where she read City of Bones for the first time, and I read Divergent for the first time. Here is what I thought.

Divergent is a book that instantly pulls you in with it's unique world-building and mysterious atmosphere. It was interesting to read about such a divided world and the consequences that eventually came from the societal divide. This is a book full of tension, mystery, and difficult choices; it is also a story of friendship, family and the natural strength that comes from those when you're in a tricky situation. I was hooked from the start.

Having heard people talking about the plot and the characters since it was published, I found Divergent quite predictable. I'd also read the main Allegiant spoiler a while ago, so it felt strange to already know the fate of some characters who were so new to me. That's not to say Divergent wasn't enjoyable, because it was. Tris was such a brilliant character and her flaws made her even more likeable - reading about female characters who are perfect gets boring after a while, and because of that I found Tris refreshing and intriguing to read about. Four was the same, although it took an annoyingly long time for them to get together. I shipped them from the start and it's clear Veronica Roth just loves to torture us...

Some of the descriptions in Divergent were simply gruesome, and I found myself cringing a lot, especially at the eye socket/butter knife bit. *shudder* At times I felt the plot slowed down quite a bit which was disappointing as I just wanted the book to keep picking up speed...like a train. Did I just almost make a reference to Dauntless?...

Overall, this is a pretty good book. Suspenseful, thoughtful and completely thrilling - I couldn't put it down!

21 comments:

  1. Ah you finally read it!
    It's a pity you went into the series knowing a lot of main spoilers, personally the surprises made the trilogy that much better!
    Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    1. I didn't know it was possible for Divergent to be better than it already was. xD

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  2. Yay you read it! It sucks you already know the ending because that completely ruins the series and how you look at the characters. At least you read it before the movie comes out so you can join this crazy fandom!

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    1. I don't feel like it ruined it for me! I'm really looking forward to the movie, although Four doesn't really look/act like I expected him to.

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  3. Ahh! I read this one recently too and I really enjoyed it. Following your tweets and Charli's was really fun!
    Great review, really indepth about the book. Love the Dauntless reference! ;)

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  4. why do you have the us cover istanded of uk cover,anywere really went read book (so spoilers stoppping me reading this).I like uk cover more then us covers.

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    1. I prefer the US cover to the UK one, so I used that. This review is spoiler-free, everything I mentioned is either immediately obvious or not very important (I don't like spoilers either :D)

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  5. I enjoyed this, but I don't think I'll be continuing with the series because I saw that Allegiant spoiler too and it's just ruined it for me :( (Thanks for that, Twitter!) Great review!

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    1. Agreed. I'd prefer not to read Insurgent or Allegiant but I have to because they're review books. Thanks Maya! :)

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  6. As you know, I'm a huge fan of the whole Divergent series, and was lucky enough to avoid spoilers for Allegiant. I'm glad you finally picked Divergent up, and I'm in agreement, Veronica Roth does like to torture us. Are you going to be reading Insurgent any time soon?

    -Sophie:)

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    1. I don't want to read Insurgent or Allegiant - Divergent felt like a good standalone - but they're review books so I have to. Thanks Sophie :)

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  7. YOU LIKED IT! YAAAAY! I loved this book and I'm thinking of beginning Insurgent rather soon. Sadly I accidentally found out the end of Allegiant *cries*. But I'm so glad that you enjoyed this book anyway xx

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    1. Aw no, that sucks. Hopefully you'll enjoy it anyway :)

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  8. And I still haven't read it. Ha. Hahaha. I'm on page 5 of Divergent and I don't think I'll finish it anytime soon. I have heard so many people liking it so much, but I don't know what to think - yet. I'm glad to read that you enjoyed it.

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    1. So I wasn't the only one after all! ;) Let me know what you think when you've finished? :)

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  9. OHMYGOD I am in love with your blog. The design is amazing, you're practically famous and holy cow you have a gorgeous button. How did you make it? It's so pretty!
    Also, could I interview you about how your blog became so popular? AAAANNNDDD do you happen to fancy designing a button for The Blog Hermit?
    Thanks! And sorry for the sudden squabble of questions!

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    1. Aw thank you, I'm glad you like it! I've commented on your blog answering your questions. :)

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  10. Oooh, I kept forgetting you hadn't read this! Well, I mean, you have now… obviously.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it and I think "pretty good book" is the absolute best way to sum it up. It's by no means an amazing, everyone-must-read-this-now book, but just a quick and thrilling read. Unfortunately, I've sort of gone off it recently as the hype is just ridiculous… I'm not even planning on reading Allegiant in case it TOTALLY ruins the series.

    But, nevertheless, beautiful review Amber!

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    1. I really wasn't sure how to sum up my thoughts but you just described it perfectly! Not WOW but not bad either. I'd rather not read Allegiant as I feel exactly the same as you about it. Thanks so much Ruby! :)

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  11. I guess its about time I read this then.....

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