If you found this content anywhere else apart from http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/ it's being used by a content scraper. Please consider using the link above and subscribing to my blog Nocturnal Book Reviews directly. Thank you!


I'm using IntenseDebate which doesn't show up if you browse home page. The comments are visible on individual posts.

Divergent by Veronica Roth review

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)

from the library

Synopsis from Goodreads
Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

* * *
I'm pretty sure I've forced my poor local library to buy this book by ordering it before the acquisition. Yay! 

I'm a huge fan of dystopias and I couldn't pass Divergent after it got so much publicity and so many rave reviews. Did I love it? You bet! Will I read the book #2? Undoubtedly. Did it top my favorite YA dystopian The Hunger Games? No.

The premise was fantastic. I loved the different factions, Tris as a person and the whole idea of training and simulations. Four was an attractive enough character as well. I particularly loved reading about training, it's always so fascinating to find out with the heroes their unknown depths and what they are really capable of.

Take Rose in Vampire Academy or Dru in Strange Angels - the training is a yummy part of the book because then you are able to see how they use it in real life situations.

As to the rest of the book, despite the shocking end, I felt that the author didn't dig deep enough. I needed to see more dirt, what was happening inside the factions - the intrigues, the conspiracies, the suspicion of what was outside the city gate, why the walls needed patrolling? What happened to the world in general? I had so many questions but pretty much all of them were left unanswered, and the end felt somewhat anticlimactic.

There was also the matter of the nature of Divergents. What was the precedent which led to such extreme treatment of them? Because there has to be at least one major case.

So, although I enjoyed Divergent I hope the second book will give us some answers and more insight into its world. 

Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

* * *
Ну что я могу сказать? Хоть до Голодных Игр и не дотягивает, но читать стоит. Интересная история, замечательный главный персонаж Беатрис - она же Трис и её любовный интерес Четыре.

Очень понравилось читать про разные фракции, про треннинг главных героев и садистские упражнения, а также симуляции их страхов. Я вообще читать про саму подготовку очень люблю - взять ту же Роуз и Вампирской Академии и Дрю из Странных Ангелов...

Теперь о том, что не понравилось. Не хватает книге мяса, мои дорогие. Мир-то он есть, но он не объясняется. Что происходит во фракциях, - заговоры, интриги и почее? Как до такого мира докатились? Почему город обнесён стеной и от чего его охраняют? Что случилось с остальным миром? Что находится за стеной?

В общем, вопросов осталось куча, и даже концовка особо ошеломляющей не получилась. Вторую книгу буду читать обязательно и очень надеюсь, что на развитие мира потратится хоть какая-то часть истории.



Bex said...

I can't wait to read this one myself! It seems extremely good and I've also heard tons of good things about it. I'm glad you enjoyed it, even if it wasn't 100%! I didn't even know there would be a book #2? Lol, fail on me. Great review!

Kindle Fever

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I have this one here on the shelf. Now I need to get to it. But this sounds great. Hope it gets a little deeper for you in the next book. Maybe it will, as this was only the start. :) Thanks!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Oh yes, girls! I'm sure you both will enjoy it immensely. It was great! I'm jus being a pain in the backside as usual demanding for the plot to fatten up :)

Anonymous said...

I don't normally read reviews before reading the actual books but I'll take an exception for this one as I'm planning to buy new books and I'm hoping this one is worth it. :)

Post a comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Subscribe with Feedly

Subscribe with bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin

Karina on goodreads

Subscribe by Email


Followers via Bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin


grab our button



The Night Circus
Gabriel's Inferno


In case of zombie apocalypse

Hey, guys! I feel like I should say this just in case :)
If you'd like to sponsor a fellow book addict who sometimes can't sleep at night worrying that she won't have enough books to read if internet goes down in the event of zombie apocalypse (I'm convinced it's one of the top five ways to go for human race) you can donate through Paypal to olivesandacorns at gmail dot com or buy a book through any of the links provided with my reviews which will send me a small percentage from the sale. All proceeds will go towards my enormous TBR. I will also shelter you on the remote farm in Portugal when zombie apocalypse starts provided you survive getting there. There will be books, yay?
Thank you! Love you all

Book Blogger Directory


Powered by Blogger.

Blog Stats since May 2011