Book Review: Divergent, by Veronica Roth

divergent_coverAbsent from reality and consumed by the pages, Divergent introduces you to a dystopian world, where society is separated into five Factions. The five Factions are: Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), and lastly, Dauntless (the brave). One on special day of the year, all 16-year olds must choose which faction they will devote the rest of their lives to.

Beatrice Prior, our main character, has grown up in the Abnegation faction. Yet, as the time arrives for her to choose her faction, which she must dedicate her life to, she is torn over her what her final decision may be. Most importantly, Beatrice fears the outcome if she chooses to stay or abandon her faction and how her family will react to her decision. From this point in the novel, the rest is left for the reader to find out.

Book reviewers such as BookPage and Publishers Weekly state “You’ll be up all night with Divergent…” and call it “A memorable, unpredictable journey…” I agree to no end that Divergent is a brilliant novel about making choices that will transform you, defining your beliefs, and determining who your loyalties are. Of course, like any good novel, a secretive romance reveals itself throughout the novel, creating an appeal for the readers who seek a thrill novel along with their hidden passion for some, ah… amour.

Blatantly speaking, Divergent has overthrown The Hunger Games due to its twists, unpredictability, and especially the way the characters are brought out. Props to Veronica Roth for writing an incredible novel, captivating the hearts and minds of all Divergent readers!

-Michaela B., 11th grade

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Divergent, by Veronica Roth

  1. We believe that cowardice is to blame for the world’s injustices. We believe that peace is hard won, and it is sometimes necessary to fight for it. We believe in freedom from fear, in denying fear from influencing our decisions. We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, and in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
    -Dauntless Faction Manifesto

    I love the Divergent Trilogy. Great review; you really encompassed all the important aspects of the plot and world-building, without divulging too much, or giving away anything that might spoil the book’s ending for those hoping to read it. Thanks for the exemplary review and for picking such an exceptional book.


      • No problem! I can’t wait for October 22; I’m counting down the days til Allegiant’s release. So excited!!!! Veronica Roth is truly an amazing author; she has a way of writing and creating these complex, universal worlds that all readers can relate to, and imagine exactly where they would fit in. Great job; your review really sufficed.

  2. Great post! I read the book and I loved it. I liked the way you summarized the book without giving away too many details! Fantastic post!

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