Also by this author: Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: October 21st 2014
The #1 New York Times bestseller that started a worldwide phenomenon and inspired a major motion picture is now available in a beautifully designed Collector's Edition. This deluxe package features:
72 pages of bonus content, including:
Two essays by Veronica Roth, including excerpts from early drafts of Divergent
An essay about the psychology behind fear and the "exposure therapy" of Dauntless initiation
Artistic renderings of the Choosing Ceremony Bowls
An excerpt from the movie script
Favorite quotes from Divergent, illustrated by fellow Initiates
A map of the Dauntless compound
Divergent discussion questions
This edition makes a great gift for established fans who want to expand their Divergent library or who already own the Insurgent Collector's Edition; readers new to the series who want a fuller reading experience; and fans of the feature film.
Taking place in a futuristic Chicago in which society is divided into five factions, Divergent is the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love.
What is there to say about Divergent that hasn’t already been said? Like a lot of other readers, I felt the plot was very similar to The Hunger Games, but that the writing and world-building didn’t feel quite as strong. That said, I can’t deny that I was completely drawn into this story. The character of Tris was extremely well drawn, and though there were moments that some of the writing tripped me up (particularly the times when Tris repeats things over and over), I loved her spirit and fighting nature. She was strong-willed and physical without losing her humanity.
Spoiler-y rest of review after the jump…
I also really enjoyed learning about the factions and seeing Chicago through Roth’s post-apocalyptic light. The scene at the top of Hancock tower was amazing, as was Tris’ first jump into Dauntless headquarters. I ADORED the Four character and their relationship. And though a few of the plot “twists” were a bit predictable (the serum that they inject into the initiates at the end of their final test was obviously going to play a role in the revolution; as soon as Tris’ mother told her to visit Caleb and ask him to research the simulation serum, I knew that was going to be the proverbial “gun in the third act”, etc), Roth did a great job keeping me interested in the characters and what was going to become of them.
Overall, a really great read if not a GREAT book. The fact that I ran out to buy the next book immediately is a testament to how much I enjoyed the story, if not necessarily the writing. Looking forward to finding out what’s next.