Divergent, by Veronica Roth

3 May

If you tweet, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Veronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent.

You guys—it’s out today, which means you need to get to the bookstore (whether physical or virtual,¹ it matters not) and buy this sucker. And then, put your to-read lists on hold and dive into it.

This book was incredibly good. Even after all the hype I’ve heard—and, like many people, I’m usually more critical if there’s hype—it sucked me in in a major way. Probably because of the hype, it was sort of a slow build for me…but it just kept getting better and better, all the way through until the very last sentence.

Of the many things I liked about this book, what sticks out most is Tris, the main character. I loved her. I loved several of the characters, actually. That’s all I’ll say. I think the less you know about this book going in, the better—I knew nothing except for the fact that people are raving about it.

I read Divergent in two sittings. It is nearly 500 pages long. Usually, it takes me at least a week to get through a book. Oh and also, I am the girl who falls asleep during half-hour-long TV shows—get me comfortable, and I fall asleep. This book sucked me in, demanded my attention, and refused to let me fall asleep. Need I say more?

Well, I will say more, whether I need to or not. So you know at least the basic premise, here’s the first paragraph from the Goodreads blurb:

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.²

Also, for all you writers out there, Veronica Roth has a fantastic blog. Among my favorite posts are this one (on world-building), this one (on some rules she abides by when writing), and this one (on character priorities). I’m truly inspired by her, and I hope you will be, too. Enjoy!

¹For Nooks (B&N page) / for Kindles (Amazon page)

²Here’s a link to the Goodreads page, which has the full blurb.

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10 Responses to “Divergent, by Veronica Roth”

  1. Megs Tuesday / 3 May 11 at 10:50 am #

    Looketh interesting…

    :downloads sample:

  2. Megs Tuesday / 3 May 11 at 11:27 am #

    And I totally adore the cover!

    • Kayla Olson Tuesday / 3 May 11 at 12:29 pm #

      Hehe, I rescued your first comment from the spam filter! That’s the first time it’s ever tossed someone’s *actual* comment in there. Oops!

  3. Megs Tuesday / 3 May 11 at 2:40 pm #

    OMG! Just finished 100 pg sample. Bought the nookbook. :growls at the clock announcing end of my lunch break:

  4. Heather Simone Tuesday / 3 May 11 at 6:59 pm #

    I’m so eager to read this one. I keep seeing so much tweeting about it. As soon as I realized it was out this morning I downloaded it to my Kindle. I love shopping for books from my Kindle and having them instantly in my hands.

    Now to finish reading the galley I currently have, then Brevity of Roses, and on to Divergent. :-)

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 4 May 11 at 12:47 pm #

      Yay! Hope you have fun reading all of your books! I really enjoyed Brevity, too. :) Seems I can never read as fast as I want to, lol. :)

  5. Megs Tuesday / 3 May 11 at 8:46 pm #

    I just finished reading it. Wow. Wow. Wow. Awesome. Cryworthy. Intense. Beautiful. Painful. Wow.

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 4 May 11 at 12:49 pm #

      You read so FAST! And, YAY!!!! I’m so glad it was “wow” for you, too! *Sigh.* It was one of those books I kind of wish I could forget just so I could re-read it and experience it all over again.

      PS: Thanks for the shout-out in your comment on Veronica’s blog post! It surprised me when I ran across my name/blog address, not something I expected to see. :)

  6. Melissa Thursday / 5 May 11 at 1:16 pm #

    I loved this book. Just loved.

    And she totally intimidated me. Sigh.


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