Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth (no spoilers) (Divergent #1)

Book: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent Trilogy
Publication: February 28th, 2012
Source: Local Library
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary (from 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.

My Thoughts:
I have to admit that Divergent is a hard book to write a no spoiler review over. It is also a hard book to just not totally fangirl throughout the review. Words can not explain how much I loved this book. I initially put off reading Divergent because everybody loved this book so much. I didn't want to disappoint anybody or have to write a negative review over this book so I put off reading it. I also didn't want there to be another book that my sister loved and I didn't.

I'm glad I read this book because I fell in love with Tris and Veronica Roth's dystopian world. The beginning of the novel filled me with so many questions and excitement. I couldn't wait to find out which faction Tris would be in and what the ending of this novel will be. We also see many themes in Divergent such as growing up, finding yourself, self confidence, and choices. Tris has many choices to make and each choice will effect her life in a different way.

The rest of the book is very intense with just the right spark of a love story. It is hard for me to write this part without spoiling anything, but I loved every part of initiation. It put fear in my mind for Tris and the other characters. I loved that Tris was a strong and capable female character. She was fully capable of showing her worth in this faction through her fighting and defense skills. Tris was a complex character that I felt a connection to during this novel. I can't wait to read more about Tris in the upcoming novels. It made me think about myself and which faction I would choose. It also gave me the encouragement to continue reading even though I should have been doing something else.

Four was one of my favorite characters of this novel. He is the faction mentor of the faction Tris chooses. He is slowly developed as a character and we learn that he is quite complex. He has many similarities with Tris. He also is unique in this faction's statistics. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't continue, but I will say that Four is quite the character and I believe he will be important in the upcoming novels.

I found it very interesting also the relationships among the five factions and how they work or don't work together. I see this relating a lot to our world where some countries get along while others are constantly at war. As usual in dystopian books the government is corrupt creating another interesting dynamic for Divergent.

Divergent is the fastest book I have read during college so far which goes to show how amazing I thought this novel was. I fell in love with Veronica Roth's characters and her world. I immediately went and put myself on the hold list for Insurgent and Allegiant. I can't wait to continue the series. The ending of Divergent could have made this just one book, but I'm glad Veronica Roth decided to continue the series. I want to find out what choice Tris makes next.

Thanks for reading



  1. I loved Divergent! I don't think it's the best dystopian novel out there, but it's quite good. I still have to read Insurgent, the second book in the trilogy. I have it on my bookshelf, patiently waiting for me, but I always seem to be caught up with other books. Such a shame...

    Oana @All Fantasy Worlds

    1. I have already read through Insurgent and thought it was a great novel. I hope you get to reading through it soon. Thanks for the comment.

  2. I found your review on Google when I searched for spoiler free Divergent reviews. I was going to write one too but I find it hard to write without spoilers so I read some, who wrote without spoilers and I have to say, I could totally copy yours (which I won't of course) because you exactly wrote down what I think about the whole book. I was totally like you, had this book for a year now, but I always put off as reading later or when people caught up so much with it, like you, I wouldn't want another big thing like it was with Twilight. And even about the ending I have the same opinion. So thank you, with this I think I will write my review much easier. :)

    1. Please come back and link your review. You would be surprised how many people write spoiler reviews on Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. I usually read reviews after I have read book so I was shocked to go read one of Allegiant that spoiled the entire ending with no prior warning that she was going to do that in her review. I always like to let people know that I write spoiler free reviews because I want people to be able to read the review without ruining the book so they will have the chance to go read the book and form their own opinion. You totally made my day with commenting on this review. Thank You.

    2. First, here is my review which went a bit longer than I thought. And excuse my English, it's not my native language. :)
      I can totally get you. Last year when Allegiant came out, just after a few days a girl tweeted a picture of all the characters that die. And since twitter now automatically open the pictures, it was inevitable to see it. That was one of the reasons why I put it off this book for even more time.
      I do that too, though I can't really write spoiler free, but I always point it out with red color that it will contain spoilers, so people can decide if they want to read or not.
      Aw, I'm so glad! Actually it was my first comment ever and I'm really glad I did it. :)

    3. Just read the review. It is a very well written review. I don't know how to leave comments on your blog.

      I do agree we have a lot of the same opinions of this novel. I love Four's character especially later in the series. I'm glad you were able to incorporate your spoiler and non spoiler thoughts into the review.

    4. Thank you! (I totally forgot that I didn't allow commenting, I don't even know why. Thanks for reminding me!)

      And thank you, I could convince my friend who asked for a spoiler free review to read them, so I'm happy. :)

  3. I did love Divergent, it's second in my dystopian novel favourites. I found Tris and Four were both characters that you could get close to and understand. You can check out my review on my blog ,Reading Shy With Aly.(

    1. Divergent is a wonderful novel. I'm so glad that I enjoyed it.

  4. I love this book too!! I found it was a great addition to my book shelf!! The characters were people you could understand because although they have a huge battle in the book they also go through problems we see everyday.. If you want I have a review on my blog if you wanna check it out!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Divergent is amazing. I'm so in love with this novel. I will go check yours out.

  5. I absolutely loved this book! Four was also my favorite character.
    Check out my review here
    Lou & Books - Divergent Book Review


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