Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Author: Veronica Roth [website]
Published: May 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books (imprint of Harper Collins)
Format: Hardcover, 487 pages
Source: Bought at TheBookDepository.com
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
Cover Art: Ver y bold and straight forward; love the symbol on the front of the cover and on the book itself.
Dystopian novel filled with unique situations and has an overall great concept.
The story is of a dystopian world where there are five factions and each person is supposed to “fit” in one of those factions based on his/her personality. I had difficult putting this book down because of this unique story concept – this is of course a good sign. The world building sort of started in the middle with no real “origin” story of how this world came to be. However, this didn’t detract from the story and the world building that was explained. The reader can easily gather knowledge of the factions and how each works throughout the book from the characters and narrator’s thoughts.
The characters were well written, I thought. Tris, the narrator, is awesome. She’s a strong-willed person and as much as she tries to defy her upbringing, the reader can still see the traits fall through. She makes a great character to read from the point of view of. Four is great as well. Though he does not appear as much in the first 3/4 of the book, his development, I’m sure, will carry on into the sequel.
The pacing was great and filled the plot nicely. Though not too much happened in the first half of the book, story-wise, the information and the concepts were all new and unique that the reader can’t help but keep going. The end is a cliffhanger, of course, but with three books in the series, this was a very nice set-up and beginning.