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Tuesday 20 March 2012

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent
Book #: 1
Pages: 487
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.39
Published: May 3rd, 2011

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Taschima's POV:

I have mixed feelings about Divergent. In one hand I loved it because it was entertaining, I liked and connected with the characters, I enjoyed the tests and challenges these crazy kids put themselves through, and I found the idea of dividing factions by their innate characteristics interesting. On the other hand the book was inconsistent, character wise, and it wasn't a strong world builder. That irked me to no end, but if you can take it at face value and not think too much about it then Divergent could possibly blow your mind.

Tris, the main character, was a girl I could connect with because she wasn't perfect. I like that about her, it makes her unique in my head. I liked that she choose her own path as it was. What I didn't like about her is how in one page she can be all about how friendships are all important and on the next completely ignore the friendships she developed in the story. It made no sense. So there was some character inconsistency. Also people tried to help her throughout the novel and she didn't seem to get it, for a pretty smart girl she was acting pretty dumb at times. Something else I found really freaking weird? She is described as looking like a 12 year old. No boobs, blonde hair, short. But she could still take on someone twice her size... No.

Romance wise I enjoyed it a lot. I love Four, he is tough as nails. He is Tris' trainer per se (only 2 years older). He is a sort of camp leader. I liked that he didn't just have this urge to protect Tris all the f ing time, instead he pushed her in order for her to find her strength. Thank you for not treating her like a little girl (even though she basically looks like one).

I can't stop myself any longer. I would have given this book a 5 star sure and been blind to all the little things that irked me (due to sheer entertainment, I give stars according to how much I like a book not how AWESOME it is written) if not for the fatal pg. 446, right by the end. Something happen that was so out of character of our heroine that I just couldn't. I had to make space between me and the book, I was that upset. [Spoiler] She kills Will (one of her "best friends", her other "best friend's" boyfriend, a guy that PROTECTED her). Why would the author make this desicion? IT MAKES NO SENSE! Sure Will was being "brain washed" to kill everybody on sight, but he was BRAIN WASHED, HE COULDN'T CONTROL HIMSELF. I was fixing to write an email to Veronica myself to ask for some answers! It is so out of character and completely not necessary. It was a senseless death, plain and simple. And if it was supposed to show how tough as nails Tris had become then it failed miserably. It actually made me dislike her. It has been the worst decision to ever happen since Rowling killed Fred. Thus ends my rant [ENDS Spoiler] If you wish to read what I wrote just highlight the space. And I am still upset. The thing that happen didn't make sense. It shows how inconsistent the book can be, and it just shifted the whole dynamic of the entire book.

Fun? Yes. Full of action? Yes. Interesting? Yes. Does it have its flaws? Abso-fucking-lutely. Will I read Insurgent?... YES. It is a love/hate relationship this book and I now have. I loved it for most of the book, and then I hated it. But then I sort of looked back towards the first pages and loved it again, and I think that it still has hope for the future.


  1. I thought the book was really exciting and enjoyable. Not one I'll be reading over and over, though. I enjoyed your review. And Four was my favorite character. :)

  2. I really enjoyed this one when I read it and had a hard time putting it down. I can understand the part of the book that bothered you but I can't say that it affected me that way. I felt like she didn't really have a choice...

    I'm excited to read Insurgent as well! Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts on it!

  3. That part you mentioned did not bother me as I don't even remember reading about that. I am pumped for Insurgent though as it gets closer and closer to its debut!

  4. Just finished the book and was curios as to what you considered bad. A real hard choice would have been to kill Four/Tobias. But as it was written? No, I cannot say it bothered me. She has to live even with the wrong choices, and wether it could have been avoided, at that moment, I have to say no, time pressing and everything else.

    Just starting with Insurgent, and will read your thoughts about that after finishing it.


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