In order to fully convey my excitement over this book, I should first explain the story behind it. I came across Divergent while reading food blogs. I had seen people talk about it and how similar it was to The Hunger Games, another book series that I adore.
Whenever I hear about a new book these days, I immediately Google the author. I was incredibly impressed by Veronica Roth’s website and blog. It’s a great balance of personal journey and helpful hints for aspiring writers. I thought, “this is great!” So then I ordered the book.
The next morning, I decided to Google to find Veronica’s blog again.
Then I noticed another link that came up in the search. Cue a scene similar to this:
“Wait. Veronica went to Northwestern?”
“Wait. Veronica graduated from Northwestern in 2010?” (One year after me.)
“WAIT. Veronica wrote Divergent during her winter break of senior year?!?!?!?!”
I was impressed. And inspired. And, I’ll admit, slightly envious. But mainly those first two!
When the book arrived, I immediately dug in and finished within two days. What follows is my review.
Definitely a book worth picking up if you’re a fan of any of the following: young adult series; books about dystopian societies (think Big Brother); books about female heroines kicking butt; and action-packed adventure, with a little romance thrown in for good measure.
The book centers around a young girl named Beatrice Prior, soon-to-become “Tris” for the remainder of the series. Her world is divided into five factions that are centered on single virtues: Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peace) and Erudite (intelligence). The book begins with Beatrice having to go through an aptitude test that will tell her which faction suits her best. Ultimately, however, it is up to her to decide at the Choosing Ceremony. The plot – and subsequent action-packed scenes – takes off from there.
This was definitely a book that was hard to put down. I attempted to “savor” it because although it is the first of a trilogy, the second and third books aren’t out quite yet. (Veronica actually just finished the first draft of the second book.) My plans for savoring did not go very well, however, and I soon found myself desperate to know what happens next, which is always the sign of a book I enjoy.
I think Veronica Roth paced the scenes very well – nothing seemed too long or too short – and her character development was demonstrated mainly through action, rather than her just telling you what a character is like. She included plenty of plot twists and turns that I was not expecting and made me hungry for the next installment, which should be out next year.
Overall, I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I may be easy to please, but I truly did think it was that good! If you pick up a copy for yourself or have read the book already, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section.
What books have you been unable to put down recently?
Your answer may become my next review!
How did I do? Was my information helpful or not descriptive enough? I’d love to hear what you’d like to see in these book reviews, since this will be the first of many to come!
Have a wonderful long weekend!