Book Review: Divergent

Book Review: Divergent



Veronica Roth

Four stars.

I’ve been meaning to read this series for a long time and finally got around to it yesterday and I must say, I am impressed.

Ms. Roth managed to bring dystopia to a whole new level.

Tris, short for Beatrice, is at that point in her young life when she must make a life changing choice: stay with her birth faction and family or choose a new faction and risk losing everyone and everything she has known.

It wasn’t so long ago that I discovered Dystopian writing. I didn’t think I would like it because really, who wants to see a future where things are worse than they already are. I discovered that not only are the writers wildly imaginative but they manage to put their thoughts down on paper in such a way that I can’t help but be sucked in and Ms. Roth is no exception. She paints her Chicago in such a way that I can see Tris and Four, Christina, Al and Will and the rest of her creations in my mind’s eye. I find myself pulling for them, sneering at them and just plain getting angry with some of their choices.

That is the way a book should be though. I should be able to see the characters, run with them, fight along with them, laugh at their antics or get angry because of something they did and Veronica Roth has managed that with Divergent.

Well done.


  1. I agree with every point you made, however I cannot stand the self pity and shame in the series. I read all three of them and in all of them Tris is constantly putting herself down and we never really see her grow to love herself. Other than that you’re right it’s a great series.

    • Unfortunately, 16 is the time when peer pressure is strongest so we feel less than we should. Add to that the fact she has to make a life changing choice right off the bat. A choice which she knew and felt was right for her, she just wasn’t given a chance (in the first book) to actually enjoy her new home and new friends. She was thrown from the frying pan into the fire. I now have Insurgent and will hopefully be able to get to it next week, after the rest of the Hyde series.

  2. Wasn’t there a movie? I wonder how close it was to the book? I haven’t read it but need to put it on my list (which is longer than 3 lifetimes!)

    • There was and I haven’t seen it either. I have the second book, Insurgent, which I will hopefully be able to get to next week. I have two other books on my list before I can get to it :(.

  3. I agree the books are really good!

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