Divergent 10th Anniversary Edition

Paperback, 544 pages

Published June 1, 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books.

ISBN:
978-0-06-304051-9
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3 stars (172 reviews)

‘Divergent’ is the first in a trilogy of dystopian, YA novels by Veronica Roth. The book is written from Beatrice Prior’s (Tris), point of view and is written in short chapters making it easy to put down and pick up again.

The story is fast paced with full on action throughout. It contains elements of humour and romance, alongside some seriously brutal scenes, especially during Tris’s initiation. There is also quite a few though provoking moments.

This was one of the first YA novels that I read and I found myself hooked right through to the very last word.

The scenes are described in detail giving you a clear picture and making it easy to visualise the on goings in your head.

Tris can be a little moody at times and doubts herself too much, but this only adds to her good nature, fun, determined and strong personality which we …

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reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, #1)

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

I couldn't finish it. Another reviewer criticized it as a dysfunctional society rather than a dystopia and I agree. There was also way too much telling and not enough showing. I couldn't get invested in the story or the characters so I moved on.

reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, #1)

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

If the story is good enough, and I like the characters, I can forgive weak world building and plot holes. This was not the case with Divergent. I just couldn't stop going "but why...?" I also strongly dislike the sadistic, manipulative streak that comes out at the end. The heroine's boyfriend being mind controlled to attack her, the way she's set up so that she has to kill people she cares about. Combined with the utterly unbelievable world, I just didn't care for anyone in the book.

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

I read this on recommendation from a friend. It was the first of his three recommendations, so at least now I know not to read the other two. I recommended him [b:Too Like the Lightning|26114545|Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota, #1)|Ada Palmer|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1443106959s/26114545.jpg|46061374] in exchange, as it is also set some hundred years in the future, people also organize into non-geographic factions, and it is also written in a first person perspective. I expect he will be as freaked out by my recommendation as I was by his!

My concern with Divergent even as he recommended it was that I expected it to be typical young adult "high school=universe" stuff. I mean I have read a few Harry Potters and Hunger Games, and it is not necessarily bad, but not something I am drawn to. He reassured me it was nothing like that.

But it is totally like that. An extremely …

reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, #1)

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Somewhere in between the fight-to-the-death child battles of Hunger Games and the destiny-determining house sorting of Harry Potter are the Factions of the world of Divergent. Teens are run through a virtual reality simulation test which assigns them to one of the five Factions based on their personality traits: Dauntless (brave), Abnegation (self-sacrificing), Erudite (smart), Amity (friendly), and Candor (truthful). Each faction lives a lifestyle aligned with their founding principle and all five working together sustain a stable society. However, as one faction's leadership becomes corrupt and they try to misuse Simulation technology to take ultimate power over the other factions, only the Divergent -- those who don't perfectly align with just one faction -- can resist. Young Adult reading and the teen protagonists can be a little annoying at times, but a fascinating world and well thought out society. First of a trilogy.

reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, #1)

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The book doesn't make any sense at all as a cautionary tale (i.e. it's pretty unlikely that anyone will decide to divide society based on personalities), but if you instead read it as an allegory about growing up, things start to make a lot more sense. Tris grows up in a meek and selfless household with loving parents, but the restrictions chafe. She is given the chance to choose a different life with one of the other factions, but to do so would mean publicly rejecting her parents' way of life. Sound familiar to anyone?

It sounded familiar to me, and so I loved it.

reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, #1)

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

(mild spoilers)

Lots of action, and it does keep you interested in the story. But the plot makes no sense at all and I honestly couldn't relate to any of the characters; at the end of the book I was more interested in what the hell is outside those walls (and, pray tell, who's keeping the trains running?) than in what happened to any of the characters.

This book is essentially Hunger Games mixed with the Hogwarts house system of Harry Potter, but executed very poorly.

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

A futuristic, post-apocalyptic Chicago is where the dystopian world of Divergent is set; where everyone is divided into five factions. At 16 you are required to take an aptitude test; this will determine which faction you are best suited for. Abnegation are selfless, Amity are peaceful, Candour are honest, Dauntless are brave and Erudite are intelligent. Following the aptitude test comes the Choosing Day (terrible name) where you are required to pick which faction you wish to belong to based on your score and personal preference. For some, like Celeb Prior this means giving up his family and moving from Abnegation to Erudite.

The novel, Divergent follows Beatrice Prior (later known as Tris) who is one of those rare people who have to hide the fact that the aptitude test was inconclusive. In this world she is known as divergent and would be considered an outcast and a danger to …

reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, #1)

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Authors, publishers, and movie producers are trying to recreate the success of The Hunger Games. This book can be described by the phrase, "not quite enough." The characters are not quite interesting enough, the story is not quite compelling enough, the writing quality is not quite strong enough, and the romantic tension... man. Still, I liked it. The book has action and an interesting premise. But it's almost completely retold by the movie trailer.

reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, #1)

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

actual vote: 4.5 stars

per far quadrare tutte le mie domande, mi sono spoilerata Allegiant. quando sono in modalità "devo-sapere" ho bisogno di risposte e nessuno può fermarmi, a meno che il libro non sia ancora stato pubblicato.
risolti i miei dubbi, è stato un libro bellissimo e assolutamente consigliato. forse è un distopico un po' violento per essere uno YA e per fortuna l'inizio della storia d'amore non ha occupato la trama principale riducendolo a una storia d'amore teen. per me la fase del primo innamoramento è passata, quindi la lettura mi risulterebbe un po'patetica.
se non considero gli spoiler che ho letto, però, al libro manca qualcosina. avrei voluto saperne di più del contesto, di come si arriva alla suddivisione in fazioni.. magari il tutto spiegato in un prologo.
a parte questo, non vedo di leggere Insurgent e le storie brevi su Quattro, perché questo primo libro mi …

reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, #1)

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Espero que el hecho de que se trate de una distopía no te eche para atrás a la hora de elegir este libro como posible lectura, porque si empiezas a leerlo, con total seguridad, no podrás parar hasta que llegues a la última página.
Verónica Roth nos presenta un Chicago tan diferente, tan sumido en una organización férrea que puede incluso llegar a sorprender su funcionamiento y la existencia de 5 facciones tan diferenciadas entre sí. La premisa de "la facción antes que la sangre" es llevada a cabo de forma tan extrema algunas veces que te preguntas si los personajes algunas veces han perdido su cordura o si lo que te enseñan marca de una forma tan acentuada tu forma de ser hasta llegar a ser una mera imagen de lo que otros ya fueron con anterioridad.
Tris, nuestra protagonista, comienza un viaje no solo de discernimiento, sino de …

Review of 'Divergent' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

Holy crap. What an amazing story. That's pretty much all I have to say about it. Another teen dystopian novel similar to [b:The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)|Suzanne Collins|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358275334s/2767052.jpg|2792775], this is also very dark and violent. Not for the squeamish. And perhaps not for a younger reader, either. Still very excellent.

Made the mistake of reading the afterword and am now rethinking some of my original accolades. However, I won't get into it here. Suffice it to say that my reading of the 2 others in this trilogy will be slightly more critical from the get-go.

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