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Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Nov 06, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, 2011
Read from February 08 to 10, 2011

Honestly, I don't know where to begin. I am speechless. And trust me when I say, that doesn't happen very often.

Divergent is officially one of the best books I have ever had the fortune of reading. IT IS SO FREAKING GOOD!!!! I can understand why there are a lot of comparisons with The Hunger Games in many reviews for this book. If you've read The Hunger Games, you'll know that it's a mind-blowing dystopian trilogy. And I can say the EXACT same thing for Divergent! A thoughtful, compelling, edge-of-your-seat, gasp-worthy dystopian novel that every single person will be talking about this year.

Beatrice Prior is 16 years old and about to take her aptitude test. With her result, she will then decide which faction she will spend the rest of her life in. Her world is divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave), Erudite (the intelligent) and Candor (the honest). There is also another, one few know about and far too dangerous to even contemplate: Divergent.

It's hard for me to write this review without giving away which faction she chooses, because it's basically the setting for near on the entire novel. But I really don't want to ruin the experience for you. Beatrice makes her choice, which is not the same faction as her family. She's then thrust into a whole new world with vastly different rules to her old one and a completely different way of living. She adopts the nickname "Tris" and launches head first into this shocking new way of life.

Her new faction - wow. The atmosphere is incredible, it's crazy, it's confronting and so very addictive. These traits the factions are moulded around, they're things we see in our every day lives. We value them, we strive to become more honest or brave or kind. But when you make a person construct their entire life around one particular value and not allow a healthy balance, these values can turn deadly. Intelligence can be an extraordinarily dangerous weapon when used the wrong way, selflessness leaves no room for self-preservation, bravery can become skewed and toes the line of cruelty and sadism.

Tris quickly learns to toughen up physically, if you don't learn how to throw a punch you're a goner. Veronica Roth doesn't shy away from violence or death or moral and ethical issues - she brings them right to the forefront. As Tris was completing some tasks during her initiation into her new faction, I totally shared in that exhilaration along with her. The fear, the thrills, the hatred, the appreciation. We see the good parts of her faction and the way the members can draw together, but other times you see the startling evidence of what corrupt leaders can result in.

FOUR!!! Have I mentioned four is now my favourite number? He has totally made the list as one of my favourite fictional guys. The relationship that develops between Tris and Four is so brilliant. It's real and honest and filled with so much respect. They are both incredibly well suited for one another. They know when lend a hand to support the other and when to back off. They're strong characters and they understand that about the other. They don't treat the other like fragile little flowers, they recognise strength. I just loved the way they work.

For those of you who have read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about here - I loved the chapter where Four takes Tris into his simulation. He allows her to see that part of himself, his fears, where he is most vulnerable and the way she handles it is amazing. It just showed how well they work together, the way she guided him and stood up for him. They're not afraid to lean on the other for help. Man, I could gush all day! Four! Four! Four! Tris! Tris! Tris! Four-Triss.... Fortress.... this powerhouse duo is exactly like a fortress. Strong, protective. I am so clever.

There is not a single thing I dislike about this novel. Veronica holds no punches - I cannot tell you how many times my jaw dropped. Especially during the last 60 or so pages, I could not turn the pages fast enough, my heart was pounding, I was so nervous with anticipation to see what would happen next. OMG damn the ending was spectacular. When all hell breaks loose, for lack of better words, it's just bam-bam-bam, so fast-paced and holding no mercy. You better keep up, because if you fall behind, you stay behind.

I am blow away by Divergent and fail to understand how this is only Veronica's first novel. This is surely the work of a much older, much more seasoned writer! Roth, I freaking love you. This review does not even begin to show your book the love it deserves. I can't wait to see what she has planned next for us!

I really need to reconsider my 5 star rating. Because this is the second book to have made those 5 stars void. Divergent is too good for a rating. It's too good to be held in sweaty, human palms. Please wear gloves when turning the pages, else it'll be tainted. I know a lot of people say this about books, but mark my words when I say THIS IS THE NEXT BIG THING!!
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Reading Progress

02/08/2011 "I still cannot believe I have a copy of this in my hands, so please do not deny me this moment: SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!" 3 comments
02/09/2011 page 157
32.0% "Awesome so far!!" 2 comments
02/09/2011 page 288
58.0% "This book is so addictive! I have three things to say: 1)I cannot believe that person joined in on that! 2) Peter is a freaking psychopath. 4) I'm skipping three because FOUR is my new favourite number :D"
02/09/2011 page 408
82.0% "I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Four and Six <3" 10 comments
03/30/2011 "Okay, so I started re-reading this purely for research purposes - I was looking for certain quotes. But the damn thing played me like a fool and sucked me back into it's hold - now I'm nearly finished without a single quote because I was too engrossed in the story to snag anyway. SIGH."
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Brodie Hahaha noooo! Don't say that. I like your name and superb taste in books, don't ruin it all by saying you'll like Peter! :p

Harper Collins Australia sent me a copy of this to review. And I received the other ARC, Starcrossed from Pan Mac UK. Both times I emailed the publisher and asked if I could request a review copy. Both times they were freaking awesome and obliged!

Brodie LOL I am impressed by your willpower! I'd be raving-lunatic with bloodshot eyes and a dirty hair wedged in that box for a week while reading all the ARC's nonstop! I can't believe he doesn't read them himself. I wanna work in your bookstore :D

Girl after my own heart.... those dream bad boys *sigh* Well okay, only the bad boys who aren't REALLY bad villains, but they toe the line between right and wrong. And flash those seductive smiles...

Brodie By the way, do you have a blog? *wants to stalk you*

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Annika Sounds like the book is awesome. I can't wait until it comes out!

Brodie LOL your creepy love of the dark side is disturbing in an endearing way, Cillian ;) I think everyone harbours an attraction to the dark side and in fiction, we can safely lust after those not-so-good-for-us guys without getting hurt!

Beyond awesome, Annika! I'm going to be talking about this one for months!!

Brodie LOL how did I guess you'd ask? Well, he's in the same faction as Tris, he's a sore loser and I'm pretty sure (as I mentioned in an update) borderline psychopath. Who am I kidding? Complete psychopath. I'm sure you're wetting yourself in excitement already :P He's not a nice person!

Brodie *slaps forehead* I feel that no matter what I say, it's just going to drive you into his waiting arms even further. I might have to disown you.

Considering his actions... yes, he is super nasty. And not in a sexually attractive way!! *shakes finger at you*

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