Feb 1, 2013

"Divergent" + "Free Four" by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1

My rating: 5 of 5

(Book re-read from my own copy  from January 4-29 for a read-along)


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are - and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series - dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


My Thoughts on the Book:

So, yeah, Divergent. I don't think I have something more to add about it that hasn't been said so far. I actually read it last year, and this was a re-read for me, and since I didn't review it last year, I decided to do that now, but I'll keep it short & simple. 

And what did I think about Divergent? I loved it. I loved it last year, and once again I loved it just as much when I re-read it :) I just loved every second of it. There's just something really addictive about the story & the characters, that will keep you glued to the pages. The world was interesting, the story fun & interesting, I really liked most of the secondary characters, of course there were quite a few I hated (I mean those that were meant to be hated), I loved Tris as a heroine, and I loved Four as a character, too. The romance between them was really sweet & I loved it!  

Overall, Divergent is a great dystopian novel, that you wouldn't want to miss, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will keep you on the edge of your sit, so if you still haven't read it, you must!

Title: Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story

Author: Veronica Roth
Series: A Divergent short story 

My rating: 5 of 5


#1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth retells a pivotal Divergent scene (chapter 13) from Tobias's point of view. This thirteen-page scene reveals unknown facts and fascinating details about Four's character, his past, his own initiation, and his thoughts about new Dauntless initiate Tris Prior.


My Thoughts on the Short Story:

So, like Divergent, this short story was a re-read for me. I read it the moment it was released last year, and again while re-reading Divergent, but this time I read it right after I re-read the knife-throwing scene. And what did I think about it? I felt about it just as I did last year. I loved it, because we learn more about Tobias, but I have to mention that this short story makes me love Tris a little less, just a tiny bit ;) and at the same time it makes me love Tobias more as a character. Still, a great addition to Divergent, it was great to see things from Tobias' PoV.



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