Divergent by Veronica Roth

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Genre: Young Adult - dystopian
Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: After hearing so many rave reviews on this book, I finally decided to go ahead and give it a try. I want to go ahead and say that first off, I really enjoyed this book. But before I say the things I loved about it, I'm going to mention one tiny little flaw I found I just didn't like. I didn't like that we didn't really get to see or catch a glimpse of the city of Chicago. While the idea of the five factions was fascinating, I found there's many things left to be desired. I wanted to find out more about the world outside the factions. How is the actual city of Chicago? How's the factionless? I wanted to see the entire world, to see what it has become. To me, that's the true point of a dystopian. Then again, that's also just my opinion.

That being said, I was still thoroughly entertained. The author, Veronica Roth, is excellent at story telling. She's able to draw her readers in with just enough details and descriptions, making the pace of the story perfect. I found that the world that was available - the factions - were awesome. I also really liked the characters, especially the main male lead. He was just very realistic - none of those typical male characters you read about nowadays. And also, I simply found the overall plot to be incredibly compelling. I couldn't stop reading - even at 2am, when I should be sleeping, I didn't want to stop as I wanted to find out what happens next.

So yes, I would definitely recommend this to YA fans and readers, adults, and dystopian fans. Must read for sure. It's a unique book and a unique story, told wonderfully. I am impressed and can't wait to read the sequel! Hopefully we get to see more of the actual city of Chicago, outside the factions, to get a real feel of what happened to it and what made it into what it is now. Overall, 4.5 stars!


  1. YAYY!!! I love Divergent too! I'm glad you liked it! :D

  2. I've been really curious about this series, but I wasn't sure if it was good. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I feel like the only who hasn't read this now. Everyone says its a must read and I do own a copy so hopefully I can get to it this summer.

  4. I really need to read this. I don't like dystopia but I'm so curious. That's too bad that Chicago isn't more prominent. Still, it seems like such a great book.

  5. I am glad that you liked this one too, and I hope that you will like the next one as well as you'll get a bit of an answer about the world settling in that one.

    Happy midnight reading!

  6. I thought Divergent was good, even very good. But I didn't think it was awesome the way the hype would suggest. I admit that I kept reading and was very intrigued but there were a few things that annoyed me and pulled me out of the story.

  7. I was so intrigued by the idea of the 5 factions and that was the reason why I picked up the book. But still, in my opinion, story telling wise the author, Veronica Roth, still is new and immature, but that's the reason why I am reading the second book with the hope that I can see more of her talent and of course more of the story itself. And Jill, you'll see more of the factionless in the book 2, Insurgent!

  8. This blog is terrible. I hope you're not seriously considering a profession in writing...

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  9. Yes I enjoy this one also (still haven't done my review lol.) Have you read Legend by Marie Lu? That's a good one also.