Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Due to techinical difficulties, Jemini's first review is written instead of our usual video review.

For Jemini's first review, she reviews the first book in the Divergent series, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)


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.


On the first page of Divergent, I was already interested in the rest of the book. It had some similarites to The Hunger Games , which was previously my favorite book.

 As I continued reading, it became nothing like The Hunger Games. Veronica Roth left me hanging on every page. I would be going to a soccer game and unable to put the book down and then during the game, I was unable to focus on anything else. I'd see the ball down the field and think, "I wonder what Tris is going to do next!" or "I can't believe that just happened."

Roth used literary elements such as imagery and foreshadowing exremely well. Every element she used, added more and more depth to what was happening. As I said previously, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was my absolute favorite book, but after reading Divergent by Veronica Roth, nothing to compare!

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