Saturday, 29 November 2014

A Book Review: Divergent

Now this is completely new territory for myself. I've never done a book review before but I felt like I needed to share this. 

Last book I read before Divergent was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and I was a bit hesitant to read this because I was so loyal to The Hunger Games Series. But I was going on holiday and I knew I needed a book to tide me over whilst I sat by the pool. I seen this was on offer in Asda for 2 for £5 so I bought this along with another book. It's really safe to say I loved it and here's why. 

The main story is about a girl called Beatrice Prior who lives in a post-war dystopian type America where to keep the peace the population have been split into five factions (groups) and each faction has different traits and when a person is 16 there is a picking ceremony every year and they get to choose which faction they belong to. The factions and traits are below: 

  • Abnegation - Honour Selflessness
  • Erudite - Honour Knowledge and Intelligence
  • Amity - Honour Peace
  • Candor - Honour Truth and Honesty
  • Dauntless - Honour Bravery
Beatrice is Abnegation born, a faction to which she feels like she does not fit in and finds it difficult at times to conform to the Abnegation rules. Before the picking ceremony there is a test which is meant to determine which faction you belong to. As suspected Beatrice's results are inconclusive which means one thing, she's what they call a Divergent, which is not a good thing when she lives in a society where each faction conforms to different rules. She is told to keep this result private. 

Bored with Abnegation during the picking ceremony Beatrice is still unsure about her future. In a moment of thought she chooses what most consider the most dangerous faction, Dauntless, leaving her family and Abnegation behind. 

When Beatrice arrives at Dauntless she decides she wants to try and belong, changing her mind track and also her name and appearance going as "Tris". In Dauntless she is trained by Dauntless trainer Four, who is quite the mystery to Tris. She is set a series of tasks and challenges which push her to the limit. 

Does she belong in Dauntless? You'll have to read to find out. 

I loved this book so much. I was pretty much hooked from the start and I found I couldn't put it down when I was on holiday. I really love books with a strong female lead and this one was just perfect because not only is Tris a YA Heroine but she's confused and conflicted like I know I have been in my life and she never lets it get her down in the whole book. 

When I had finished this book I was so sad because it was the middle of my holiday and I had nothing else to read. I kept going into Asda hoping they'd get the second book Insurgent in and it was always out of stock! I went to The Works Outlet in Cheshire Oaks and they had the 3 book set there for £7.99 so I just bought the whole set and I am completely enthralled in the story. 

I have told my friends about this and my pal Charlotte quickly became obsessed like myself and she's loving the series. I also love the film and think Shailene Woodley has done Tris justice. I do advise you though, please do read the book before watching the film.

So there's my first EVER book review. I hope you've enjoyed it and I haven't given too much away and it has made you want to go out and buy the book. It is available in Asda and Tesco and Amazon and all places like that. 

Thanks for reading:


  1. A lovely first book review - it's got me wanting to read the book! I enjoyed the Hunger Games books too.

  2. This would make a great gift, well done of your book review, Yay !! Love the cover its gorgeous.

  3. This sounds really good and something my sister would probably like, she loves reading! I however rarely find the time with two toddlers :) I saw Shailene Woodley as the lead role in The Fault In Our Stars and think she's a great actress so it's interesting to hear she's done something else. xx


  4. Brilliant first book review, I actually really wanted to read the book as well, thank you! x
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