Divergent: Review

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Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: February 2012
Length:  487 pages
Source: Received for review from the publisher through Netgalley
I should probably preface this review by saying I haven’t read The Hunger Games trilogy. I mention this because I’ve heard time and time again that Divergent is a little too similar to The Hunger Games. Now in terms of Divergent, I have mixed feelings… So the premise of this book is that basically a war broke out, and to restore peace factions were created. These are basically groups each based on a virtue:
⦁ Candor is based on honesty
⦁ Dauntless on bravery
⦁ Amity on peacefulness
⦁ Abnegation on selflessness
⦁ Erudite on intelligence
The reason for these factions are that if everyone belongs to a particular group, chaos is prevented and there would be a lot more order! The story follows our main character Beatrice Prior who like all 16 year olds has to choose a faction they will become permanent members of. We follow her after she’s made this decision and as she uncovers a secret about herself that is pretty much a threat to her existance if anyone finds out!
As someone who hasn’t read a lot of ‘popular’ YA books this premise to me seemed unique, HOWEVER having said that I found that this book was quite predictable… I generally enjoyed reading the book and got through it quite quickly, however there were some events that really made me step back a bit. Lets get on with the review:
World Building: This was actually done quite well, I really got a sense of this dystopian world and a feel for the faction Beatrice was in and also ones she’s just knows of. What I would’ve liked a little more was for someone to fill us in on what happened that lead to their current situation. Anything would’ve helped really justify this new system to me and also help me understand why anyone saw this as a viable solution. I’m finding it quite difficult to actually review this without accidently spoiling anything. The synopsis/blurb for the book doesn’t actually give that much away and I really appreciated that!
Characters: I actually didn’t mind Beatrice Prior I completely understood her character and her struggle to fit in her parents faction. Tris however got a little annoying at times, and did some things I really couldn’t reason with. Again I’m not going to spoil anything but towards the end she did something very stupid, who knows maybe in the next book they justify this? I also found Beatrice a little more believable than I found Tris. However I really liked Tris’ group of friends, their friendship felt really genuine and when there were betrayals it made sense. There’s also some romance which I really appreciated. When the initiates are going through the grueling physical and emotional stages a little romance story is a welcome distraction!
Plot: Again this is difficult to talk about with no spoilers! I enjoyed the pace of Divergent, I didn’t at any point feel bored or that it slowed down which kept me reading to the end! However the main plot is something I’ve read multiples times before and I think because of that I found the ending a little bit predictable. Having said that, I didn’t find that it took away from the enjoyment, I literally breezed through the last 50 or so pages because as I reader I was engaged in the story! Throughout the book Tris always asks about what the outside world is like, and I’m thinking that may be hinting at what will happen in the next book so I’m very excited to read it!
Is it the best YA book I’ve read this year so far, probably not. BUT I do understand the hype and I see why this is a popular YA trilogy. I know for the most part my review is critiquing the book but I actually really had fun reading it. Its written from the perspective of a 16 year old and the writing style does reflect that. If you enjoy reading YA dystopian I definitely think you should give this a try!
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42 thoughts on “Divergent: Review

  1. CrAzYbOoKlOvEr28 says:

    I enjoyed this book and I am reading the second (along with three other books) at the moment but it seems to be taking me a long time to get through it.

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    • abooknation says:

      I’m not really someone who reads multiple books at the same time but if you can do it then you’re lucky for the advantage 😅. I haven’t read the second book is it the same length as the first??

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      • CrAzYbOoKlOvEr28 says:

        It’s a bit longer then the fist but it gives a bit more info then the first I’m only on chapter 16 buts it’s ok so far……. yeah its probably about a bad thing reading more then one book at a time bc u don’t give it ur complete attention I need to stop lol

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      • reviewsbyruckie says:

        Well I think the writing is just epic. Kresley Cole is a heavyweight in the adult PNR realm, but she really punches the YA paranormal genre in the soft bits with this series. It’s based on a game created by the old gods using their own champions reflective of the major arcana in a tarot deck. Worldbuilding is fascinating, characters are amazing. If you’re into PNR or paranormal YA with romantic leanings, I’d say go for it.

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  2. The Shameful Narcissist says:

    You know what’s really funny…I thought your blog name “A Book Nation” came from a play on “Abnegation” faction from Divergent, so it’s amusing that you haven’t read it before 🙂 I’m also a gigantic dork and you can ignore this utterly ridiculous notion.

    I’ve read this one and the second. I’m curious if you read that what you think. I really liked the main character and Four, but I felt the supporting characters were damn near forgettable.

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    • abooknation says:

      You know what that’s really smart! I’m going to use that to explain my blog name from now on 😂😂😂. I absolutely loved Four, I didn’t mention him in this review because I would’ve probably written a 10 page review on just him 😅. When I read Insurgent I’ll definitely post my review!

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  3. Michael Anthony Benavidez says:

    I could never really get into these YA books. It sounds bad, but after Twilight they all seemed to be thrown at me all at once. And they never felt unique, just kinda trying to top the last YA best seller. Really horrible to say lol but I’ve read some decent YA that just seem over looked cuz these are crammed into our TBR piles

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  4. The Story Collector says:

    Interesting to see what you thought of this, because I found the Divergent series to be one of the more tedious in the YA genre (especially as the series went on – Allegiant literally took me about a year to finish, I’m not exaggerating). And the books were 10000x better than the films, which says a lot there.

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  5. ljtreads says:

    I think this is one where I’ve never managed to get past the premise, hugely unfair as it is. “Why anyone saw this as a viable solution” indeed, and it’s a little disappointing to hear that’s not answered in the novel.

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  6. edefreitas says:

    I’ve read a fair amount of YA, and the whole thing where a young protagonist has to choose (or is given) their career/social group for life is pretty standard fare. I think it relates to the real world choice of career that some people make fairly early (college major choice for example) and then the anxiety that goes with realizing that you don’t want to be locked into one thing for your entire life. It’s pretty clever if you ask me. Not a feature of YA that I mind particularly. Though I’m glad you talked about how there’s not much explanation for how they got to that point. I get why the author wouldn’t want to get bogged down with the nitty gritty details, but some general mentions of historical events might tie it together. Haven’t read Divergent yet though.

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  7. Sara McIntyre says:

    I loved the divergent series! Hated the films though, what did you think? Assuming you’ve seen them or at least the first one. Thanks for the great review and just in case you’re ever in need of movie suggestions, feel free to check out my film review blog! Any feedback would be very appreciated ! Thanks. https://reelviewsbysara.wordpress.com

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    • abooknation says:

      I actually saw the films before I read the books, I didn’t mind them. But I also didn’t find that they were particularly compelling. I also think they got progressively worse as they went on. I don’t know what the hell allegiant was on about and I watched the film twice :’D

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      • Sara McIntyre says:

        oh wow good for you for still reading the books after seeing the movies! I only saw divergent in theatres and never had I been so disappointed in a movie adaptation of a book before! Props to you for having the patience to see them all

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      • abooknation says:

        :’D, it actually had me more interested to find out why people liked the series so much! After reading the first book the hype made more sense. And also THEO JAMES, he was just so beautiful I had to carry on!

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  8. Jillian Vergara says:

    This series made me stop reading YA Fantasy/other world type of books again. Not to spoil or anything but as you said here, Tris did something stupid. Well, she did many stupid things until the end. Four is a one of a kind.

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    • abooknation says:

      This book was one of those books that had strong mixed opinions! Honestly I thought Divergent was alright, I could get through it. My problem was the rest of the series, I haven’t even read it and I know of the plots because some of them are so silly.

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      • Jillian Vergara says:

        I regretted finishing the series. Only masochist will love the end. Lol. Maybe I’m affected too much because I immersed myself in the story too much. Huhu

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