Monday, January 14, 2013

Gale Reads: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Happy Monday! 

I have finished a book this weekend! Divergent by Veronica Roth has been with me since last year but I can't seem to start reading it even though there were a lot of people saying this is a good book. Luckily, I got some inspirations last Friday and read this overnight. 

TITLE: Divergent
AUTHOR: Veronica Roth
SERIES: Divergent Trilogy - 1st book
GENRE: Dystopian, Young Adult, Love Story
In the pre-apocalypse world, the society got divided into 5 factions to maintain order and prevent war from happening. Each faction lives in which core value they believe is needed to have peace...example, the abnegation believes that selfishness is the reason for trouble so they live by becoming selfless.

Once you reached 16, you will need to decide which faction you want to belong to for the rest of your life. Will you stay with your family and continue with the beliefs you grew up in or will you leave them and join another? That is the question that troubles Beatrice Prior's mind because this year is her 16th birthday and she needs to decide for her future.

Abnegation -  the selfless
Amity - the peaceful
Candor - the honest
Dauntless - the brave
Erudite - the intelligent


I love the cover! It is actually almost the symbol for the faction Dauntless which is fire. I really liked the color combination and the artistic feel it gives. I'm glad the publisher decided to go with symbolic pictures as covers compared to the usual that uses models.

4/5 :)


I want to start by saying, this book is awesome! I really enjoyed reading it and there are no dull moments. All the scenes are entertaining to read and I know that each of them is necessary in the story--no fillers just to make the book longer. They were actually essential to the development of the characters and the progress of the story. And the world building is really good because I can imagine everything clearly as if I was there living with them.

I also loved all the characters in the book because each one of them have a certain role to fulfill to make the story complete. I even liked the way the villains were portrayed. You can also see them mature after every event which is definitely a good thing because it wouldn't be believable if they stayed as naive 16 year olds after all the things they went through.

I want to give another point on how Roth created the love story. It was not rushed like the other YA books around wherein the female fell hopelessly in love with a handsome young man as soon as she saw him. I'm not really into the "love at first sight" books that much anymore and I now prefer stories where the 2 will grow affection with each other as time passes by because that's more realistic and believable. That is why I loved the fact that even though I know she will fall for him in the end and they will become a couple, I still enjoyed reading on how their feelings developed for each other. (*I almost slipped and gave a spoiler haha)

The only thing that I didn't quite get is the fact that there were no adults present in the Dauntless compound which is unbelievable. Everyone is below 20 years old, which I'm not sure if there's a story behind that and will be known in the next book or if it's really not part of the story. So I will get back to you about that once I've picked up the next installment which is Insurgent.

So yeah, those are my thought on the book Divergent. This is really popular just like the Hunger Games (which I still haven't read yet) and I can't believe I have just read it now especially because the last part of the trilogy is gonna come out this year already. Anyway, better late than never, right? Oh, and there's already a movie on the works which I am excited to see. I hope it comes out this year too :)


Super love this book. It is very entertaining and a real page turner. Veronica Roth is a good writer and I can't believe this is her first book because the way she writes is way better than other authors that I have read. I can't wait to read Insurgent to know what happens to Tris and the gang :)

Have you guys read this already? 

Thanks for dropping by!


Aya said...

Thanks for this review! I've read The Hunger Games na but not this one. I was in the bookstore earlier and saw this book but didn't buy it yet. Your review's very timely:) I'm going to get a hold of a copy :)

Crystal Gale said...

Hi Aya! Do check Divergent coz it's really good. I am also planning on reading The Hunger Games after I finished with the Mortal Instruments series :)