Book Reviews

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Pages: 487

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HaperCollins Publishers)

Published: 25 April 2011

ISBN 0-0074-2042-0

Buy here : Amazon UK

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Summary (Provided by Goodreads)

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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Review:

Ok anyone that has read this book and doesn’t like it…i don’t understand you.

Divergent is set in a dystopian world where you are split into different factions when you turn 16. These factions all have a trait that they value above the rest, honesty, selflessness, bravery, kindness and intelligence. Beatrice was born into Abnegation, the faction that values selflessness, her parents and brother all seem to have this down to pat without even thinking about it. However Beatrice is different, she understands why they do this, however she doesn’t seem to have natural urges as the rest of her family do. However something goes ‘wrong’ in her test and she is told to keep it a secret, at all costs. On the day she chooses her faction, surprise is met and she enters a whole new world. With initiation pushing her to her limits, how much more can she take?

I’m sure you’ve all read this book by now, and if you haven’t, go and read it. Now. This book seamlessly introduces a new dystopian world and the rules it abides to, the way Veronica Roth has been able to communicate with the reader through the book is mesmerizing. This book will grip you from the get go. Beatrice has her flaws and you can actually relate to her as a character (at least i can so i’m guessing others can to). The plot is just, wow, there are no words. This has got to be one of my favourites since when i read it just a year and a half ago. I can’t say anything here that would really show how i feel about this book. Just go and buy it, and experience the magic for yourselves.

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Quote:

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

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My Rating:

5

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Next Book:

 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Thanks for reading,

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