Thursday 9 May 2013

Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (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 is--she can't 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 to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens 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 literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series--dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

  • Genre: Science fiction, romance, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic
  • Age: mature young adult
  • Source: ebook 
  • Read from February 08 to 23, 2012

FINAL RATING: ★★/★★★★★

So, i am in the mood of rewriting some old reviews i wrote. Divergent is one of them.

Once upon a time, one girl was so excited to read this book:

It did not end well.

Many have been thrilled and hyper about this book. Which made me want to read it. And when i did, i was disappointed since i expected too much from it. Even my friends have rated this book 5 stars. With some exceptions who made me squeak with happiness because i wasn't the only one.

And yes yes, i am well aware i gave 2 stars to Divergent.


In the time i read the book, i was amazed this book has 4.39 and 45,391 ratings and 65% of them were 5 stars. Now, when i look at all ratings its 287,851 ratings with 33,575 reviews and 123820 people gave it 5 stars. That is 56% of the people.

And again, why? Why did i give it 2 stars? Because i just felt betrayed. I should have lowered my expectations and i would have given it higher rating.


There are many reasons why i gave it lower rating and some of them would be:

◉ first 3/5 were really boring and hard to read, i barely even read it. I did fall asleep while reading it once.

◉ second reason would be that it was to similar to The Hunger Games in almost every aspect.

◉ I never managed to connect with the characters - to me they were two dimensional, and i hate Tris with passion (her idiocy is beyond repair). I tried to like Four as well, but it was not fated to be.

◉ Four's real identity [should have seen that coming], it was that obvious.

◉ what happened near the end of the book spoiler: the thing with brainwashing Four was really copy/paste Peeta from Hunger games. Didnt like that.

◉ poorly created world - i couldnt connect the dots for at least 200 pages, and even though there was a sufficient ammount of detals and info, it wasn't enough." What is behind the walls?" for example.I have no doubt that other books from this series would explain it, but i had no patience left.

◉ I already declared my neverending hate toward Tris, but it is mostly because she is boring and the narration is way to slow.

◉ why did Tris....spoiler: kill william, she could have shot him somewhere else...poor Will

◉ Romance between Tris and Four was poorly executed and i never felt anything for them.And it's not ok!

That concludes my negative aspects for this book.


◉ One big + for Dauntless, because it was awesome, and i loved the factions.
◉ Especially those fear tests they had, which were really original and creative.
◉ And in the end, i loved the end of the book [or shall i say last 50 pages] spoiler: or shall i say, brainwashing is fun?


I tried to like it. I really did. But,it just didn't click with me, and i feel really sad, because i really wanted to love this book as much as other people do. I feel like one fallen petal in the sea of roses. My final decision is that i am officially dropping Divergent as a series, and even though the covers for the other two books look absolutely amazing, as much as the first one is, i won't fall for the same thing again.

So long...Divergent. It was wasn't fun while it lasted.


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