“Divergent” by Veronica Roth


I bought this book because all my friends have been talking about it and the movie version is coming out in two weeks.

Obviously, I did not buy the book with the movie cover. Who in their right mind…

But the book I did buy exposes me for someone who just jumped on the Veronica Roth bandwagon because it has this lovely built in label on the front that says something about it being a major motion picture in theaters March 2014. So everyone will know that I did not buy the book… until the movie was a thing. Dishonor on me, dishonor on my cow, dishonor on my whole family.

Sorry, I watched Mulan today.

But anyway, I stayed up late and sacrificed some precious hours of sleep to read this book and I liked it a lot. So much so that I have already bought the second book in the series, “Insurgent,” and I’m on chapter 3.

Even though I’m still in the middle of “City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare. I’m too stubborn to just give that borrowed book I’ve had for seven months back to my roommate but it’s starting to look like that thing is a lost cause, y’all. All it does it sit on my dresser and mock me, with its bookmark sticking out from right in the center and never seeming to move forward, no matter how many times I pick it up and read a few pages even though it has been so long that I read the first two books in that series that I have no idea what is going on anymore. Talk about run-on sentences. My journalism teachers would be anti-proud.

But “Divergent.” Yes. Dystopian, set in Chicago but in a future Chicago where everything is wrecked and all the people are divided into factions based on an “aptitude test” they take when they’re 16. Basically they put these kids in a simulation that tests their reactions to different situations and tell them which faction they should be in. You can go Abnegation (“Let’s all be selfless and wear grey clothes all the time”), Amity (“Let’s all be nice to each other and happy all the time”), Candor (“Let’s all tell the truth always and I can totally tell when you’re lying”), Dauntless (“Let’s all be brave and fearless and frequently jump on and off moving trains”), or Erudite (“Let’s all study and gain all the knowledge ever”)

Unless you’re… *dramatic pause*… Divergent. Then the evil people just want to take you out of the equation completely because you have the potential to screw up everything, so…

Good book. Can’t wait for the movie, even though I saw the final trailer and I think there will be differences, which I always hate. But I guess everyone makes mistakes. I’m looking at you, Hollywood.

One thing about this book though is that more people died than I thought would. I know it’s not the path that young adult novel writers usually take, but I kind of like that she killed off a few notable characters along the way. I mean, I don’t like that people died, but usually in books you know the main characters and you know that mysteriously no harm is going to come to them, so I like the change.

The big news here is that even with my crazy class schedule and a big psychology exam I finished another book! SUCCESS! And I’m determined to finish this trilogy (and hopefully finish “City of Glass” so my roommate can have her book back) before the end of this semester.

But you know how that goes, so we shall see.

Read on,


2 thoughts on ““Divergent” by Veronica Roth

  1. Lynette Noni March 1, 2014 / 6:35 am

    Great review! And your Mulan moment made me laugh – as did your comment about books sitting on your dresser and mocking you. (I have a pile of partly-read books doing the same thing to me!)

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