by Veronica Roth


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.

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First Thoughts:

Wow… Such a great story..
They told me it was good.. I think it’s better.


Oh, every time I tried to write a proper review for this book (and you have the proof right in front of you, because I gave up trying) it had something to do with ‘The Hunger Games’ – I blame it to the upcoming movie that it’s making me think a lot these days about that series.
And yes, I know, I feel so, so bad about it – because even though these books are somehow similar, they are also different in so many ways.. And I loved them both (this too in a different way).

For example I liked the love story much better in ‘Divergent’ – because it felt real, and sweet, and it was a good addition to the amazing action that kept me reading without stopping.

“Then I realize what it is. It’s him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.”

Also I liked the settling of this new dystopian world – the division into fractions (based on the people’s characters) is such an interesting concept and I loved to find out more about it.
It was great to see how Tris became more aware of the fact that she didn’t belong to just one fraction, and I understand the decisions she made – it was hard for her to follow her heart, but at the end she did it, even though it came with a price (oh, how it broke my heart), but this is the beauty of the story.

Divergent is also a story full of action and I enjoyed every single page of it, with all the twists and the surprises, it really was an amazing ride, and Four made it all even more enjoyable. I can’t wait to find out more about him, and what happens next with them, and the world they are living in. Also the new friends Tris made were really nice (most of the time) even though I didn’t get to care for them as much as I wanted.

To be honest, I am a bit angry at myself for not writing down the review right after reading the book, because I can’t find a way to make it justice.. Divergent was such a great book, better than it seems from this review, and I hope that many other people will enjoy it as much as I remember enjoying it myself. Also I hope that my 5 stars rating it’s an enough proof for its awesomeness.

Maybe someday I will rewrite this, but until then “happy reading!”

ro Note: The Romanian version of the review can be found here.

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