Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Ever since The Hunger Games really took off, young adult dystopian novels have been everywhere. The one that I kept on hearing about again and again is Veronica Roth's Divergent, so when I has a voucher after my birthday I picked it up from Waterstones. When I was buying it the woman on the till said she liked it more than The Hunger Games so I was really excited.

You follow the character Beatrice, or Tris, through her life in a modern dystopian world. The city has been split into five 'factions', where they all have their own rules. Tris is an abnegation. The abnegation faction is kind of the crappy one to be in, they all wear plain clothes, eat boring food, are supposed to always take the stairs so others can use the elevators and are only allowed mirrors when getting hair cuts. There is a ceremony where young members must choose, after doing a quiz, to pick between their own faction and another. Tris chooses another faction and the novel follows her life in the new faction until it is turned upside down when a 'revolution' occurs. I really liked this book, it was well paced and I was able to read it in a few days. It's not an amazing novel but it was a good quick read that captivated me a lot more than I thought it would. I've read quite a few dystopian novels and this one was quite unique, sometimes when I'm reading them I feel like I already know the story but I didn't get that with this. I really love the romance that develops in it, don't want to spoil it too much the guy sounds soooo hot! There is another book in the series and a third on the way, I read the second book in three days. It's even better than this and I am so excited for the release of the third novel.

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