Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Pub Date: May 3rd, 2011

Book Synopsis curtesy of Goodreads:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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My Review:

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Roth's debut, and from the moment I flipped to page 1, I was hooked!

Roth has created a dystopian society that is reminiscent of the atmosphere depicted in Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale- and combines it with the action and romance found in Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. Roth is an exceptional writer and has the ability to capture a character's raw emotions that the reader can empathize with. 

There are no two dimensional characters in Roth's well constructed plot. Everyone has depths that reader isn't allowed to fully reach. Beatrice/Tris is an amazing heroine and narrator that will appeal to both female and male readers. She's tough and relentless but has her vulnerabilities (she's not indestructible and doesn't win every battle).

Divergent is a dystopian novel, so of course the mood of the story is dark and violent (there are very few chapters that don't contain some measurement of violence,) and it's this dark violence that keeps the pacing and action of the book in check. 

Four is a great male lead to Tris, but be aware the romance in this book is very muted- Roth focuses on character development and action in her debut novel. That being said, the hopeless romantic in me would love to see more development on the relationship between these two characters.

Muted romance aside, Roth has crafted a wonderful and imaginative atmosphere in her debut novel and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for her next installment!

Overall rating GGGG 4/5

Happy Reading!!!

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