Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth, second paperback
(with Goodreads Choice Award stamp) edition book cover

by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, sci-fi
Editions available: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, Kindle,
international, audiobook, audio CD
Source: borrowed

Summary (Goodreads):

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Divergent," the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


My Thoughts:

Divergent was one of the books I regretted I judged by it's cover. When I first saw it, I know I don't want to read it or it's not for me. But then a blogger recommended me this, saying it was really great and then I saw that it was Reader's Choice on Goodreads, so I gave it a try.

Did I mention that I regretted it?

The moment I'm into it, I thank Heavens that I read it. After reading, I realized and appreciated the meaning of the cover. The Dauntless sign. Like the main female character, Tris Prior, Divergent was the kind of book that is fierceful.

It made me gasp, made my heart pound, kept me awake in the late nights of reading, and in every turn of the page, makes me admire how it was beautifully written and told. After reading it, I'm all like, Wow. It's really intense. Even in the romance part, it has the appeal. It has the right amount of swoon-worthy moments of Tris and Four (btw, I also love the idea of Four's nicname and the nicname itself), not too cheesy--that'll make you puke--and not too innocent.

Divergent was the book of my two firsts. (1) First dystopian read, and (2) first action read. I never thought I'd love this kind of book. I'm all romance and contemporary type of reader before. And now, because of Divergent, I fell in love with dystopian and action books. The way it takes me away from reality and make me feel like I'm the female protagonist that for a moment, I believe I am strong. This book also made me not judge the book by it's cover, along with The Hunger Games. Those kind of books really rocks.

I love this book!

Veronica Roth has a big future with her debut album. Congratulations!

Check out my reviews for Insurgent (book 2) and Allegiant (book 3)!


Love dystopian? Likes to try action read? The Hunger Games fan? Wants an epic read? This book's for you! Highly recommended!

Book cover comment/s:

After reading the book, I appreciated the book cover. And it's totally awesome! Why did I feel like I just opened my eyes then?

The cover above was not the first edition cover. I just posted that one above because of the Goodreads stamp of Choice Award. A pride for the wonderful author and even fans! You'll get to see the first edition cover (who doesn't really have a huge difference) below.

Alternate covers:

1) The first edition cover.
2) There's Four and Tris! <3
3) Danish edition with Tris' silhouette.
4) The only cover that's far from the others. 

Video book trailer:


  1. Oh wow wow wow, great review!

    I absolutely adored Divergent too ;) can't wait to see what you feel about Insurgent!

    Sometimes judging a book by its cover doesn't work, but after reading Divergent, I loved the cover nonetheless :)

    (PS I love Taylor Swift too!)

    New follower :)

    Sel @ mystorywithyouandher.blogspot.com

    1. Hi Sel!

      Yeah, I feel really bad about it. I did the same with The Hunger Games. And I love both trilogies. It's not like the cover sucked, it was great, it's just that I didn't appreciate it right away.

      So glad to meet a book lover, blogger and TSwift fan, too! <3

      Thanks for following my blog! I followed yours back. And oh, I left a comment on your Showcase Sunday post. :)

  2. Excellent review! I'm currently reading it now. I'm only on chapter 3 but it seems interesting so far. :D

    1. Thanks, Nick!
      You'll love it. Can't wait to know what you think about it. Link me to your review post!


  3. Great review Michelle! I actually really enjoyed this book, you reminded of how much I loved it and glad you liked :) Wait until you read Insurgent, the sequel. But thanks for sharing <3 Hope you're having a wonderful day Michelle!

    PS: I nomianted you for the Verstile Blogger Award. You can check it out by clicking HERE ;)
    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holic

    1. Wow. Thanks, Miriam! It's my 3rd nomination of of VBA, and it was really amazing!

      Well, I guess everyone loved Divergent. Who didn't? It just rocked! I'm currently reading Insurgent, now more than half the book. My heart stopped beating again.
      Have you read it?

  4. Woohoo! So glad you enjoyed Divergent - it really is an amazing book! Insurgent is just as amazing!

    I really like that Danish cover of Divergent, with Tris' silhouette...it's cool! But urgh, I really don't like the UK cover - it's so... PINK! I managed to get Divergent with a NORMAL cover, but I haven't bought Insurgent yet because I don't like the cover! And it wouldn't match my copy of Divergent anyway. I know. I have problems. ;)

    Catherine x
    The Book Parade

    1. Yeah! Pink never cross my mind while reading Divergent. It's not it, not even for Tris. Perhaps gray or black? LOL

      How it wouldn't match your Divergent copy? Have you read Insurgent anyway?

      P.S followed your blog. :)

  5. Ohhh, I'm so happy you loved it as much as I did! I really like Tris and Four :D

    maycee of Glitter Gift Baskets

  6. love divergrnt but hate allegiant...
    thx u for the review...


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