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Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Apr 10, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-in-2012
Recommended for: EVERYONE
Read from December 29, 2011 to January 01, 2012 , read count: 1 + a quick reread

I just finished my reread of Divergent so I can start Insurgent. Loved it just as much the second time!!

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Phenomenal! Seriously this was a fabulous book to start off the year. I loved it, seriously loved it! When I polled my blog readers for their favorite read of 2011 Divergent was the unquestionable winner and I hadn't read it. So I remedied that by making it my first read of 2012.

I rarely read book summaries or reviews anymore and was especially glad I didn't read this book's summary or any reviews on it before reading it. I had no idea what to expect other than knowing that there has been a lot of hype about this book. Divergent currently has a 4.41 rating on goodreads which is the highest rating I found on any of the 2011 young adult debut novels. I had high expectations when starting this book and I'm happy to report that for me this book lived up to the hype!

Amazingly there was no love triangle. Don't get me wrong, many (actually most) of my favorite books have love triangles but it's so refreshing to not have one. No picking side in this one just Team Four all around, how can you not love the guy.

Overall this was a fairly clean book. Kudos to Veronica for writing something I will let my teenagers read. There was no language that I remember, no sex and it was fairly mild on the innuendo although it was violent. If I had to choose I would say that I much prefer violence over language or sex in books, it doesn't bother me nearly as much. The Dauntless are heartless fighters so there are several scenes that are quite violent.

What else to say without spoiling the book? It's fabulously written with characters I love. The four month wait for the sequel Insurgent is going to be a long one.

Divergent is the kind of book I enjoy reading. Young adult, dystopian, fairly clean - Yep that's right up my alley. Seems like I'm the last person to read this book so I'm probably preaching to the choir but if you haven't yet read this I highly recommend it. I loved it!

Rating: 5 Stars - I loved it!

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Content: No sex, no language that I remember, overall I'd say it was clean but violent. I'd let my teenagers read it.

Insurgent is definitely on my most wanted list! I cannot wait!
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Veronica Roth
“I think we've made a mistake," he says softly. "We've all started to put down virtues of the other faction in the process of bolstering our own. I don't want to do that. I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent

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message 1: by Ann (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ann I love this book!

Rachel I 2nd that!!!

Inspired Kathy Really enjoying it so far!

message 4: by James (new)

James Allen On my to-read list!

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Sophia My favorite book of 2011! I love it so much. Glad you're enjoying it so far. :)

Jennifer at BookShelfery Definitely a fantastic book!

Allison One of my 3 favorites of the year!! Looking forward to your comments about it!

Maralee I loved this book! Can't wait to read the next one!

L.M. I agree- totally lived up to the hype! Greatly anticipating the release of Insurgent.

Melissa Hee hee... we both have the same first book of 2012 =)

Allison I knew you would like it!!! Can't wait for the next one!!

Heather Loved this one too! Especially the chapter where Tris goes into Four's dreamscape (listened to it on audio a while ago...isn't that what they called it??) Anyway, loved it, and the audio on this one was done really well.

Jennifer Lane I enjoyed this too, but it was only the second dystopian I've read (other than The Hunger Games) so by comparison it didn't blow me away as much as that series. I think I'd be in the Amity faction, which I hope we learn more about in future novels.

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Freda Labianca Great review Kathy! I can't wait to read this one!

Grace I loved Divergent, too! I don't always have a lot of money to spend on books, but I just had to get this one!

Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-» Awesome review! I am looking forward to reading this! :D

message 17: by Joy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Joy Great review, added it to my TBR pile. ;)

Christy Love this book! And Insurgent!

Erika I also really loved it and flew right through it. Also reread it before I read Insurgent! I love to get all of the details before I read the next!

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April Alvey I Really Gotta Read This Book

Rhomy Totally agree! This book and Insurgent are great!

Ronyell Awesome review Kathy!!

message 23: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Hennagir I just saw the movie and now am really wanting to read the books before the other movies come out,especially after reading your review!

Cindy Brooks I just started reading this series. I don't know what took me so long, I'm really liking it!

Melissa Frye This is still among my favorite books.

Kaisha THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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