Monday, April 22, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Wow. That's all I can say about Divergent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2012). It was action-packed, romantic, mysterious, and To start, many books have a main character that is completely pure and good, and then an antagonist that is bad right to the very tips of his or her fingernails. Part of what struck me about the main character, Tris, is that she isn't all good or all bad. In one part of the book, one of her very good friends joins in on an attempt to kill her because he is jealous of her. She survives, and when he asks her to forgive him, she thinks to herself about how she knows that there is a girl inside her that would forgive and forget, but if she saw her, she wouldn't recognize her. Furthermore, The romance between Four/Tobias and Tris is perfectly written. Veronica Roth describes all the elements of being in love with someone in a way that many young adult readers can relate to. She doesn't add in a love triangle, which many authors do. Instead, she focuses on the ups and downs of a normal relationship. I feel that this is better than a love triangle because a)I'm pretty sure love triangles don't happen as much as many authors say, and b) Most readers have not experienced something like it, so it is not something that readers can relate to. I think that writing in a way that your readers can connect with is one of the secrets to success. Veronica Roth does this extremely well. She also balances action with different moments in the book that aren't all fast-paced. True, the whole book has a quiet hum of action in even the quietest moments, but it doesn't overtake the calmness of them. The author writes with skill and intelligence. I would definitely check out this 11 out of 10 book!


  1. A thoughtful first review. I like that you are taking both an author's responsibility and a reader's response into consideration, while also placing it within the context of other Y/A literature. Nice work!

  2. Enjoyed your review and the analysis of the character who sounds like someone I'd enjoy reading about - the complexities and the mixture of qualities is intriguing and far more interesting than a stereotyped all good- or all bad individual. Keep up the good work and great blog!