Posted by : Kinsey Book Reviewer 4.07.2014

From Goodreads:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Paperback, 487 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published 2011)

My Thoughts:

Dystopian reads are always tough, seemingly so in the YA market. There are so many wrong ways to do this, and seemingly very few right ways. Let's be honest - some genres are judged more harshly than others. It's not an attack, it just is what it is.
Unfortunately, most all will now be associated with The Hunger Games (for the record, I wasn't overly impressed, as you'll see in future reviews).
I do suppose when you have over 700K ratings on Goodreads alone, no one reviewer means that much.

For me, the main character - seemed overdone and very similar to another recently popular character.

In the end, the love of guns must have won me over :-) All in all, it was really an OK book. (And, no, I've not seen the movie.)

My Rating:

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  1. This is the first review I've read of Divergent and I appreciate that it's not an over the top glowing one. Thanks for the candor. New follower.

    1. Thanks Laura. I guess I'm opposite of most of the hype on my thoughts on this one.


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