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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 03 May 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0062024027
Format: paperback (ARC)
Pages: 489
Veronica Roth – Official Site
Place(s) Traveled to: Chicago, Illinois
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: There is one mirror in my house.
Divergent Series Order
Book 1: Divergent
Book 2: Insurgent (28 May 2012)
Book 3: Untitled (~May 2013)

When I received Divergent by Veronica Roth in the mail I was so super excited but then when everyone just raved and raved over it I got scared. I have read many an over-hyped book only to be let down and I really didn’t want this one to join that list. So I put off reading it. For if I never read it then I could still be entranced by the possibility of it and not be disappointed with the reality. Then more people that I trusted and who were also skeptics of over-hyped books read it and loved it and I felt my resistance cracking. Then I finally picked it up and I wasn’t let down. But I wasn’t all over the moon in total love with this book either. In part because I still had pretty high expectations for this book.
I enjoyed the world that Roth created and enjoyed how there was a  little history on how it came to be. Though there are still loads of questions waiting to be answered on that front. I also enjoyed the world of the factions and the ideas that they stand for. How on paper they seem like a great idea but in the end the reality of human nature tends to corrupt and destroy. One thing that I am really curious about is why the gates to dystopian-Chicago are locked from the outside and just what that might mean in the grand scheme of things. If it means anything at all. I sometimes fixate on small, unimportant details and really need to work on that. 
The characters were all pretty realistic and I did enjoy reading about them. But I do have to admit there where times when I got bored with them all. I also have some thoughts on what might happen to some of them in Insurgent and that thought just fills me with fear. Not because I am scared that bad things will happen, but because I think that there is a major plot cliche about to happen. In the end, I did enjoy Divergent, but I wasn’t gaga for it. I can appreciate why it is so popular and I hope that its sequel won’t fall flat. I read this book quickly so I was engaged in it. I don’t feel like I wasted any time. I will probably also recommend this to others and I know that I will read the sequel. Divergent took me away from my reality and really isn’t that all you need in a book?

3 Responses to “Divergent by Veronica Roth”

  1. Michelle

    I loved this book. I wasn’t sure about it when I went to pick it up but once I got into it I really liked it quite a bit. I’m sure there will be some cliche and predictable moments in the next but still, it will be good.

  2. lisa :)

    I’ve been wanting to read this one but, like you, I was afraid of the over-hype. I will probably still check it out – if for no other reason than I’m a Chicagoan – but I may wait until the whole series is out. Thanks for the honest review!