Book Review: “Divergent” trilogy by Veronica Roth (Published on 2011-2013)

Rate:
3.3/5
(Estimate of each book rating combined)

Genre:
Fiction/YA/Sci-Fi/Dystopian (Trilogy)

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DIVERGENT (Book #1)

Rate:
5/5

Book Plot:
Beatrice Prior Lives in a community which is divided into 5 factions (Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, Amity) At the age of 16 every child chooses a faction and has to live by the rules of the new chosen faction for the rest of their lives. Beatrice aptitude test results show that she is a divergent; Which means she belong to more than one faction but she is told that she should not discuss that fact with anyone as that information is extremely dangerous. Beatrice has to worry about how to conceal her status but that’s not the only problem she’s facing.

Point of View:
First Person POV (Beatrice Prior)

Book Review:
From the opening you can tell the world that the story is set in is not a normal world and that you have to be patient to understand this new setting. If you read this book by itself without being aware that it is part of a series you will definitely find the factions confusing and the world building a total mess. Personally I could tell that there was more to come and that there is some mystery outside these factions so it wasn’t a problem for me. It kind of reminded me of ‘Attack on Titan’ and I couldn’t wait to find out what was outside! (Which you get to know in book #3)
The protagonist (Beatrice Prior) is a little bit of a mainstream character (skinny-petite girl, being tough, being special) but again this didn’t bother me as much and I’m assuming it was because of the writing style since she didn’t come off as annoying as many other female leads I’ve read about and the fact that she wan’t the only tough one or the only special one; the story was focused on her more because she is the protagonist. The rest of the characters were likeable too but I wish there was a little bit more history about them, especially the villains.
Overall I did like the story, it was a fun read and there wasn’t anything wrong with the way it was written. (keeping in mind it’s a trilogy) I was excited to read the next book and resolve the mysteries the first book left unsolved.
Divergent was my favourite book out of the trilogy!

Favourite Quote:
“Those who seek peace above all else, they say, will always deceive to keep the water calm.”

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DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED BOOK #1

INSURGENT (Book #2)

Rate:
2/5

Book Plot:
Tris and Four are trying to find out about the secret only the abnegation leaders knew about while still on run from Jeanine Matthews. It is not an easy road and they face many challenges trying to unravel these mysteries. What could possibly be so important that so many human lives were taken for?

Point of View:
First Person POV (Beatrice Prior)

Book Review:
Personally this was my least favourite book of the trilogy. The storyline was still good; I liked how it gave just a little bit more about the world outside and I couldn’t wait to read the third book to get some real answers this time.
There was a little error which I really hated! There is a part that Tris says “I never thought about it that way before…” regarding the gates and how it seems like they are trapped inside rather than the gates exist to keep the intruders out, but she definitely did in book #1. These types of errors really bug me; it just seems like the author doesn’t know the protagonist thoughts or how much she has already revealed. This was a BIG turn off for me!
On top of that I felt like Insurgent was a bit slow. The relationship between Tris and Four and their problems were dragging on for too long; fight after fight. Her image was totally ruined from a brave and smart girl to a crying dumb kid. (Crying here and there is ok! EVERYONE cries! but going through all that just to cry over the smallest things? It just didn’t reflect her personality. I didn’t count how many times she cried but it was a lot!)
What I loved was the major twist in the plot and it was a big factor of why I didn’t give Insurgent a lower rating.

Favourite Quote:
“The Candor sing the praises of the truth, but they never tell you how much it costs.”

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DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED BOOK #2

ALLEGIANT (Book #3)

Rate:
3/5

Book Plot:
Now that they have escaped their old home what will they find in this new place and how will the truth change them?

Point of View:
First Person POV (Beatrice Prior AND Tobias Eaton)

Book Review:
First of all the POV changes in each chapter now! (one chapter Tris, one chapter Tobias) That was extremely confusing until I read more than half of the book and got use to it.
Second, I found a few plot holes which really left me confused and I had no answers for them. So if you’ve read the series click on The first thing that I had a problem with was: why didn’t Amar tell the people who took him that Tobias was a divergent too and save his life from possible dangers? At the time they thought he was a divergent too and no one knew that he was a bit different. How come they only took Amar?
The other problem was when Tris went in the city to help with installing cameras there was a mention of military soldier going there often to take GPs away…but nothing was ever mentioned after that. Why did they take them? where did they take them? It seemed like Tris was reflecting on that but she didn’t dig any deeper. It was important enough for kids to risk their lives trying to stop these soldiers (which at the time they thought Tris and her team were from military) but there wasn’t much more explanation on the matter.
Lastly how in the world did Tris wipe the memories of all the bureau and the government officials when only David was in the room when she released the serum???
. if you know the answers please email me and let me know because I’d love to know some explanation.
I would have loved it if the ending was a bit more tragic and the epilogue a bit more interesting but at least we get a proper ending. I’m not a fan of cliffhanger endings and would rather the author finish their book instead of me having to do the job for them in my head, so I was satisfied with the answers given and apart from the few examples I gave on top the rest of the book was pretty interesting.

Favourite Quote:
“Sometimes I feel like there is so much to be afraid of, and sometimes I feel like there is nothing left to fear.”

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Overall I did enjoy the series. It was certainly a fun read but it wasn’t the type of series I fall in love with and carry the love for years.

Little Dino off to read now ~~~

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13 thoughts on “Book Review: “Divergent” trilogy by Veronica Roth (Published on 2011-2013)

  1. I read this series a few years ago and I remember loving it. I had a hard time putting the books down at night and going to sleep. I really like the movies (possibly because Theo is so hot lol) and think they did a good job translating the story on to the big screen. Divergent was my fav out of all the books. It was a creative world that she created and I found myself loving the characters too.

    1. I know right! The characters were developed nicely! I haven’t watched the movies yet but watching the Divergent trailer made me want to read the books! I can’t wait to watch the movies now <3

  2. I really enjoyed reading your reviews. It’s great that you reviewed all three! I was definitely interested in the inconsistencies you found in the novel. Some I hadn’t noticed before and others I caught when I was reading the series.

    1. Nawww Thank you so much! It makes me so happy that you actually enjoyed it! I’m sure I missed a few details here and there but did my best to wrap it up 😀 You can Email me anytime if you want to discuss the details more and If there are parts that you noticed which I didn’t mention!

  3. Hey!

    Your reviews were great! I really like how you compare them wanting to know what is beyond the wall to the plot of “Attack on Titan”! I do agree that there are some plot holes, but that they are not so severe that we can’t move past them and keep following the main plot line. Have you read the companion novel “Four”? It gives some insight into Tobias for sure! As for the serum, I think there was a ventilation system or it was extremely airborne…..I am not 100% sure though since it has been a few years since I have read them. The characters are just so amazing in this series! Tris kind of got on my nerves, but I loved Four and her friends. I definitely prefer the books to the movies. Have you seen the movies?

    -Samythenerdybeasty

    1. Thank you so much! Yeah it didn’t really effect the main plot but if it was a bit more thought out it would have made a much better story! I was actually thinking it was extremely airborne too but it wasn’t really mentioned or it didn’t say that all the employees lost their memories as well as the government officials so I was confused. I haven’t read ‘FOUR’ yet but i’m planning to do that soon! Hope it gives some new info!!!I agree on the character development tho! Tris did annoy me a little in book #2 but so did Four hahaha but the rest of the story I LOVED all the characters <3 (SO MUCH)

  4. This was a great thought about the entire series though I was spoiled since I haven’t read the whole trilogy but it is ok. I guess I will just came to it anyway.
    You’re was indeed awesome simple and nice. I like it. 😊😊😍

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 Yeah I wrote it assuming only people who already read book #1 would want to know about book #2 and so on 🙂 But you’re right I should write an indicator to people who might read the whole thing! Thank you for the feedback <3

  5. Now that you mention it, it’d be interesting to know a bit more about other characters. I want to see what Peter’s life was like lol and also Al’s.

    1. Yesss! I want to know about them too! Tbh I want to know more about Jeanine and Eric! some background on the villains would be good 😍

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