Books | Divergent.

3.11.14


When it comes to books, my sister is even more obsessed than me. And although she's 29, (sorry Carla) the girl can pick out a cracking young adult novel with particular excellence. So when she suggested a new series by Veronica Roth, I knew I wouldn't be let down. 

Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago, where the citizens are defined by their social and personality-related affiliations with 5 different factions. Abnegation for the selfless, Amity for the peaceful, Candor for the honest, Dauntless for the brave and Erudite for the intellectual. At 16, citizens must undergo an aptitude test to see what faction they are most suited to, and then make the decision to either stay with the faction they were born into, or transfer to another. But Tris is different, her decision isn't that easy. Divergent follows her as she has to make this decision and deal with the consequences, as well as coping with new and changing relationships. 

I read this book in 26 hours. I literally could not put it down. I mean sure, the fact my laptop was broken meant I couldn't blog and so had more free time than usual, but still. This book is amazing! The story did not let up for one single sentence and I was addicted to turning the page. I can see where the comparisons with the Hunger Games come from, but for me it was a completely different book. 

There are many different aspects to this story such as identity and fear. But for me the main draw of the story was Tris' relationship development with individual characters. Not only romantically, but with her family and friends also. It was refreshing to read her interactions with all supporting characters as opposed to just one, which is something I think is easily done with authors making one relationship (eg. romance) a priority over others.  

Tris has secrets to hide and skills to learn and I absolutely loved journeying through it all with her. It is an engaging, thought provoking story that always left me wanting more. I know it won't be too long before I'm glued to the sequel 'Insurgent' so I'm trying to get a few others read before I order it! I cannot fault this book at all so it is definitely getting 5/5 from me! Amazing. (Seriously 26 hours?) Have you read Divergent? Or seen the film? xo

- Apologies for the Waterstones snap.. Someone forgot her copy of the book when she moved. Oops.