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