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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Book Review

by Veronica Roth
ISBN: 978-0-06-202402-2
Suggested Age: 14+ (Due to violence and sexuality)
Publication Date: May 3, 2011

Description: In Beatrice Priors dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtueCandor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really isshe cant have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really areand where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent seriesdystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

The Good Stuff
  • It is hands down one of the best books I have ever read, I fear my review won't do justice to how wonderful the book actually is -- so just go buy it 'kay!
  • Awesome cover
  • Fascinating and unique idea for a story
  • The reps at the HarperCollins booth at OLA said I wouldn't be able to put it down, and boy were they ever right
  • Fast moving with tons of suspense and action and twists and turns that you don't see coming
  • Unique, real and just plain intriguing characters
  • Heartbreaking at times
  • Love Tris who is wonderfully kick ass and Four who I think I have a crush on
  • Especially for a dystopian story, everything feels true and real 
  • Wonderful moral tales in the story about the importance of choice and of balance, of human nature and also of the dangers of idealism
  • Trust me just go buy the book or if you aren't convinced, go check out goodreads and read other reviewers opinions
The Not so Good Stuff
  • So fantastic I didn't want to put it down -- sorry kids, Mommy is back now
  • Want more of Uriah
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."

"I doubt all the Erudite want to study all the time, or that every Candor enjoys a lively debate, but they can't defy the norms of their factions any more than I can."

"When I look at the Abnegation lifestyle as an outsider, I think its beautiful. When I watch my family move in harmony; when we go to dinner parties and everyone cleans together afterward without having to be asked; when I see Caleb help strangers carry their groceries, I fall in love with this life all over again. It's only when I try to live it myself that I have trouble. It never feels genuine."

"Four leaving makes me nervous. Leaving with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives."

What I Learned
  •  That I really have a thing for dystopian fiction
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Not for the overly sensitive teen 
  • Those who enjoy dystopian fiction 
  • Pretty much for everyone else -- hopefully there will be a well done movie of it, so that my book hating hubby will get why I liked it so much
10 Dewey's - Just go buy the thing, trust me I am a Librarian (ok, Library Tech, but really how many of you know the difference)

I picked this up at the OLA conference and didn't have to review it but I wanted you all to know about it -- and why the hell are you still reading this review -- go get the book already!

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