Divergent Review and Giveaway

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Age: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Series: Insurgent, book 2, due out 2012

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. 

Honestly, there is no way to explain in words the sheer greatness that is Divergent. It's an emotional journey that is best taken in first person. No review could do this story justice, but I'll try.

Beatrice is sixteen, and not even sure of when her birthday is. She has grown up in a faction where being selfless is the most important thing in life, but she's started wondering if that's true. She's a spunky girl, maybe too short and maybe too skinny but she goes after things whole heartedly. Her character reminded me of Katniss from Hunger Games and also of Katsa from Graceling.

Veronica Roth created a story that is set in the future, she created this world out of broken bits of failure. It's a different world than the one we live in, and the characters have to endure things that are completely unimaginable. But, she does it so well. The writing made me feel like I was there, alongside Beatrice and the other characters. Her writing is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. When you think everything is over and it's time to give up there's a small light to cling to. Some of the paragraphs were hard to read. Gut wrenching and terrible things occur between the pages.

My favorite thing about this book was the pacing. Every part seemed to fly by. Things happened so quickly and then more things would happen. I seriously could not tear my eyes away from the pages long enough to even sleep. It's not one of those books that beat around the bush, Veronica Roth is a very straight to the point kind of lady and I love that. Now, that said, there are a ton of surprises found in Divergent that are sure to make you curse out loud, or maybe that's just me.

Overall. Yes. Yes. Yes. Read Divergent. Get lost in this thrilling high suspense story. Find out what it's like to live on the edge of your seat and be reckless. I loved, loved, loved this book. Definitely my favorite book so far this year, if that means anything to anyone. Just read it!!


I love this book so much I want to share the excitement with you guys! 

Win a copy of Divergent, fill out the form to enter. 

This giveaway will end July 31 at 11:59pm CST, same as the followers giveaway! One winner will be chosen using random.org and will have 48 hours to respond by email or a new winner will be chosen. 

Easy enough, right? Open to US residents, sorry guys, the followers giveaway is international though!!

Giveaway is now closed.

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  1. I loved Divergent too!! Only part that stinks is now we need to wait awhile for Insurgent *head desk*

  2. Oh and great review :) -forgot that part

  3. Thanks! I know, I can't wait until Insurgent!!!

  4. My goodness.. I need to get my hands on this asap!!

  5. Yes, you do!! It's spectacular!

  6. Great review; now I have to read this!

  7. I'm happy you liked it! I thought it was interesting. I can't wait to see where she goes with the story. :)

  8. Awesome review! I absolutely loved Divergent as well, and it was such a rollercoaster ride! The futuristic setting and the different factions were all so intriguing and there was so much depth to the story. I think I would probably choose either Dauntless or Candor, how about you? :) Oh, and Tris reminded me so much of Katniss and Katsa as well. When I was reading Graceling every time I saw Katsa's name I kept replacing with Katniss by mistake :p

  9. Awesome giveaway and review!! I've been trying to get my hands on Divergent for forever :D New follower!

    Books Ahoy

  10. you are having some mighty awesome giveaways! i will enter all :)haha! Thanks!


  11. Wow! Please enter me in this!


  12. Awesome review. :) I loved this book, can't wait for Insurgent to come out. :D

    Justin @ Justin's Book Blog