Monday, July 9, 2012

Divergent Review

Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth
Illustrator: -------
Genre: Dystopian
Age: 14+
Pages: 496 (hardcover)
Publisher: Harper Collins


        Choosing day is just around the corner and Beatrice could never have been so uncertain. At 16 years old, Beatrice must choose her path in life and staying with her faction is not the right one. Plunging into a world with people who are totally different and with totally different lifestyles, Beatrice soon makes a few friends she never knew possible and a good amount of enemies as well. With a secret that could kill her she must pass dauntless initiation without revealing her deepest secret!

        Divergent was a very good read! I enjoyed how the society was set up into five different factions. The idea of having each faction represent a human characteristic was very neat. It was also a brilliant idea since having those factions created a very easy and simple driving plot for the story. From the beginning you knew that a type of society like this could never work out and so the story line developed around that.

        As for the characters, they were quite something! I enjoyed many of them including Tris (Beatrice). They had many flaws, especially Al. If I haven't mentioned it enough throughout my reviews I will mention it again. Working your character can only lead to a great novel! To work your characters you must make them as realistic as possible, which means flaws are one of the best to make your characters realistic! The flaws could be seen throughout the novel from the times Al cried at night to the fears they saw in the stimulations.

        For some reason I found the relationships a bit awkward. In the sense of, Tris and Four didn't seem right together. I doubted that Tris was the kind of character to get involved in relationships, especially during the dauntless training. I mean come on! You're working your but off to be able to actually become dauntless. Then you have this secret that can kill you, and you're telling me you still have time to think about Four? I can see why Veronica Roth added this to her novel and it easily made fans more anxious for book two but for me it turned me off.

        I loved Divergent a lot because I didn't overestimate it like a lot of people did. With all the hype that the book community had with divergent it made people think this was the best novel of the decade. I'm not saying it isn't. Don't get me wrong, Divergent tells a great story, but if you overestimate it then you will be disappointed. If you are a skeptical reader like me, then you might just add it somewhere in your top 20 favorite books.

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Rating: 4.5/5



8 comments:

Daniela

I LOVED Divergent! It was really cool, but I found the relationship somewhat awkward too. Great review! :)
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Nickle love

I loved this book. There were a lot of flaws/plot holes, but despite those, I still loved it. I think Tris was attracted to Four because she could sense that there was something different about him compared to a typical Dauntless person.

Anyway, I think you'll like Insurgent. It's action-filled and exciting. Although a lot of people thought Tris was annoying there. LOL.

Nic Bast

Thanks Daniela, i'll check your blog soon :)

Nic Bast

Hello Nickle,

I guess your right, she might have been attracted to him because he was different, and it's true he WAS different then the others but still I was skeptical about their relationship. I also loved the fact that people died. Not being sadistic or anything but in some novels the characters seem to be all mighty and never die. In divergent BAMN mom died BAMN dad died... etc

I already have insurgent on my shelves, I only need the time to read it :D I hope it's as good or better. My bro said it went a bit downward from divergent but I'll see ;)

Alex

I'm so glad you reviewed and enjoyed this novel Nic! I also loved the idea of the factions and don't you think how Roth described them all uniquely was just great? Also great point about the flaws, everyone has them and adding it to your novel just makes it more realistic. I also found the relationship between Four and Tris a bit awkward but I grew used to it (especially during the second novel)
I hope you do a review on Insurgent :)
Brilliant review on Divergent

Nic Bast

Glad you liked it! The factions are very interesting, I beleive that was a major role in her sucess. I will read insurgent soon. Although it's a hardcover and I find myself eating up real book much fastre and putting off my TBR PDF list so I try to limit myself. It is the next on the list of hardcover books though!

Christy Mullins

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Great Review! I love this series and I love how you've got your Review Index broke down by Genre :)

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Nic Bast

Hey Christy, thank you! I'm currently reading Insurgent so watch out for that :) Glad you enjoy the index. I shall look at your blog shortly :D

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