Book Review #1218
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Rating: four stars (out of four) My initial thoughts after I finished the book: AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! Okay, sorry, I just had to get that out of my system. But really. I just don't know what to feel right now. It's 1am in the morning and I just finished this novel. I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight. My mind keeps spinning. I gasped while reading the book and was shocked at some of the revelations and had to text my friend with updates (she told me I had to read the book) and now I know why. Oh my goodness. My head, my head, my head. Dystopia fiction makes my head spin. But it's the best kind of dizziness. The kind I can't get enough of... Be Brave!
From the very first page I was hooked. I sped through the book like my life depended on it. I was COMPLETELY fascinated with the different factions and their habits and people. I absorbed everything I could from the pages and read late into the night because I couldn't stand NOT knowing how it ended. By the time I was done, I was nearly breathless. Needless to say, I'll be anxious to get my hands on the next book. Not that I'm saying it left readers in a lurch or anything like that - it ended well enough, but I want to read more about these characters I now love.
The society was unique and different from other books I had read, I felt like the different cliches were well thought out and realistic. I also liked realizing things right as Tris realized them, or a little sooner. There were several plot twists that I didn't see coming and completely amazed me when I read them. Sometimes I would talk out loud while I was reading (in the privacy of my own home, of course). Example: "Oh no! I can't believe I didn't realize that before - thatmeansACK!"
There were some things that I did find a little disturbing. Some of the violence in the book was graphic...not that I felt sick or completely repulsed, but a couple of times I gasped in shock and had to read through some paragraphs quickly. There were also some situations that would have made me uncomfortable if I had to see them instead of read them. I kept thinking, "Drat, if this was a movie, I don't think I'd be able to stomach this part...." and I'm a little anxious because I've read stuff online that said it MIGHT BECOME a movie....which I would TOTALLY want to see, but I'd be nervous about the violence.
As much as I loved this book, it still doesn't take the place of The Hunger Games. I would definitely recommend it as Turn To Next In Dystopian Fiction after you've finished the HG. I loved the plot, the twists, the characters and their emotion depth. The story was crazy and thrilling. If you haven't read Divergent and you're a fan of Dystopias you should DEFINITELY pick this book up. Prepare for your mind to be blown away.
Additional Bonus Backstory!: I had remotely seen this book around and I had it on my to-read list, but I just wasn't sure when I was going to get around to it. While at ALA conference VERONICA ROTH was sitting at a little table SIGNING and my friend, Karly convinced me we both needed to buy the book and get it signed. Karly said she had seen it all over the Internet and Publishers Weekly and it was getting great reviews. Then she mentioned it was a dystopian novel, and I was instantly intrigued. So I bought the hardback for $10 and got it signed. Veronica wrote, BE BRAVE! on my copy (and now I know what THAT means.) After reading the front flap I was really excited to read it. Karly read it before me and told me I HAD TO READ IT NEXT OR ELSE. (I hadn't gotten around because I had just gotten home from an 8-week-long internship and I hadn't read anything for 2 months). And, well, you know the rest, because you just read my review!