Divergent by Veronica Roth

In this later world society (what was once known as Chicago), when one turns sixteen years of age there is an annual Choosing Day where each teen will choose one of five factions in which they will devote their lives.  These factions are:

DAUNTLESS:(the brave) fearless, undaunted.  Undaunted: courageously resolute, especially in the face of danger or difficulty; not discouraged.


ABNEGATION: (the selfless) 1. to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce. 2. to relinquish; give up
ERUDITE: (the intelligent) characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly.  The word “erudite” focuses on knowledge rather than intelligence– intelligence being something you’re born with, and can’t necessarily control, and knowledge being something that you acquire.

CANDOR: (the honest) 1. the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness.

2. freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality.

AMITY: (the peaceful)  1. friendship; peaceful harmony.  2. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.  3. cordiality

and the one that no one is supposed to talk about (like “He who shall not be named in the Harry Potter Series…)


DIVERGENT: 1. diverging; differing; deviating.  2. pertaining to or causing divergence.  3. (of a mathematical expression) having no finite limits  Diverge: 1. to move, lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off.  2. to differ in opinion, character, form, etc.; deviate.  3. Mathematics . (of a sequence, series, etc.) to have no unique limit; to have infinity as a limit.  4. to turn aside or deviate, as from a path, practice, or plan.


A teen may choose to stay in the faction they were born into… or after a series of tests may find that they are better suited for a different faction.  The point of the factions is form a “perfectly balanced” society… all working in their areas for the greater good.

Hopefully you are still with me…

When Beatrice Prior goes to her Choosing Day, she has every intention of staying in her families faction and continuing on with the life she has always known… but when it comes time to make the choice…

she chooses differently.

Beatrice (Tris) now finds herself in a world she really does not know, instead of the one of peace and meekness that she is used to, suddenly he is being trained to be a fighter, learning to fend for herself and doing surprisingly well with it.  Of course, she makes a few friends as well as a few enemies along the way.  And inside holds a secret that not only gives her an edge, but could also destroy everything.

The 2nd book, Insurgent is due out May 1, 2012

Every year I like to pick a book I really have been wanting to read for a while for my first book of the year.  It’s a quirky tradition but one I enjoy!  This year, I had it narrowed down to three books, and I made my final decision on New Years Eve…


I chose well. 😀

Divergent was everything I love in a great read… a fast start to the book, amazing characters, a captivating story line, fresh and new topics, and a satisfying ending.

 I picked this one up in the early morning hours of January 1 and finished around 11 pm that night.  I did little more than read all day.  It was BLISS.

Divergent falls into the dystopia genre that I have really come to enjoy.  I have no idea the attraction other than I think I really enjoy reading about survival more.  In all of these books, survival is the goal… food usually a luxury, housing is not what we have today, and the evil of this new world seems to be every where….

In Divergent’s case the evil is within the division of the people in the first place.  The segregation is very real…. once a teen has chosen their faction, if it is other than their home one, they will leave their family immediately and start a new way of living.  Communications between factions is frowned upon, each looking at the other as weak, or the enemy – seriously it is mind boggling.

I think what amazes me most about a read like this is that it is all fiction.  Author Veronica Roth has taken a world and divided it, making up rules, and people, and diseases, and manipulation…. and I love that it is all new, not done before. 

It’s hard to put Divergent into words other than to say it blew me away.  I will be anxiously awaiting the opportunity to purchase the second in the series, Insurgent, which is due out May 1. 

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Posted on January 2, 2012, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. Oh my goodness…Sheila…I loved this book with a passion…it was absorbing…I think the second one is either out or on its way out…

  2. And I do like your new look…very refreshing…and soothing…

  3. I love your tradition! What a great way to start the new year. I was also late in reading this book–and I could have kicked myself for waiting so long. I loved it! And I am cannot wait to read the next one. I have gift cards from Christmas that I am planning to use to ensure I get this book as quickly as possible!


  4. You did pick well. This was my favorite general market fiction book of 2011.

  5. I am pretty sure I’m going to have to read this one! Every time I’ve read dystopian fiction, I do get absorbed in the world the author has created.

    Thanks for sharing this one….and I’d better hurry before the next one, huh?

  6. That is too funny – I’m currently reading it for my first book of the year too – for the same reason! 🙂

    I love it so far!

  7. I’ve been wanting to read this one too! So glad you found it to be everything your first book of the year should be! Which, by the way, Happy 2012 Sheila!

  8. I have to admit that I am wary of YA books. That being said, I just read The Hunger Games and may be ready to change my tune. 🙂
    I will keep this one in mind.

  9. Yay! You liked it too! I loved it from front to back and then all around again! 🙂

  10. I don’t think I’ve read a bad thing about this book. I need to get hold of a copy of it.

  11. So glad to see you liked it. I must read this, but want to read The Hunger Games first!!

  12. I am glad you started 2012 with a good book! I enjoyed this one also – my review is yet to come tho! I”m way behind…

  13. This is the YA book I know I need to read. I’ve struggled a bit lately with some young adult selections and am hoping this is the ticket that gets me out of that slump. I’ve only read stellar reviews of this book, so I am really looking forward to it.

  14. I read Divergent back when it first came out, and while it wasn’t my favourite read, I thought it was pretty good too. Actually, I think Hunger Games is better.

  15. Good tradition. I am just reading what I started from when I was in Canada. I took three books home and finished two leaving them behind.

  16. I have this waiting on my shelf, too – I think I bought it over the summer. I’m really hoping the TBR Dare will help me read some of these books that have been languishing on my shelves…

  17. Thanks for the review – this book is on my ‘to read’ list and your review lets me know I need to bump it up a bit closer to the top of that list!

  18. I really like your New Years tradition. I’ve heard good things about this one too … glad it lived up to the hype!

  19. What an awesome new year’s tradition! I also really liked the world building in Divergent too! I love how Roth came up with the idea of stratifying the world into different segments based on virtues. Such a cool concept!

  20. I have heard great things about this one and have DIvergent here on the shelf to read. I know I’m going to like it and wish I got to it sooner, but I have other books before it. 🙂 Glad to hear you enjoyed it so.

  21. It looks as though this one really deserves the raves!

  22. I was all set to start Divergent today (finally!) when I realized I have book group next week and haven’t started THAT book yet…but Divergent is definitely next on my list!

    And you had a whole day just for reading? That does sound like a bliss…and a lovely way to start a new year!

    Thanks for the wonderful review!


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