This book gets five stars because I couldn’t put it down. I read until 3:00 A.M. two days in a row because it was that enthralling.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is published by HarperCollins and released in 2011. With the movie coming out, we decided to review it. The book is approximately 500 pages.
The story is told from Tris’s point of view and is in present tense, which is a little annoying at first, but I got over it quickly.
The novel’s premise
In a world that is limited to the borders of post apocalyptic Chicago, the remaining society is divided into different factions. Each faction focuses on a different aspect of humanity such as selflessness, courage, honestly, knowledge, etc. Beatrice Prior grew up in Abnegation, the faction for selflessness, but at age 16, she gets to choose whether to stay in her faction or transfer.
This book had pretty much zero editing issues. I highlight all the issues I find, and this was the first book in a while to be devoid of editing issues.
Imagination and Uniqueness
Veronica Roth limits her dystopian world to only the city of Chicago, but that does not limit her imagination. The different factions give her plenty of material to play with. Her imagination is greatest in how she imagined this world’s society.
Beatrice Prior (Tris) is a simple character. She is a short blond girl who struggles with being selfless. I immediately liked this character and just couldn’t stop reading about her.
Tobias Eaton (Four) is in Dauntless, a faction for courage, and his character gets pretty deep.
I struggled a bit with the other characters training with her. They are part of the book often, but I would imagine them one way but then she would describe them another. Perhaps clearer descriptions of them and descriptive character tags used throughout would have helped.
This eBook was a perfect reading experience.
About the Author
Veronica Roth is from Chicago, in fact, she and her husband still live there.
She studied creative writing at Northwestern University. While some who study creative writing, never learn to actually write a good book, she seems to have figured it out.