It’s Better Than Hunger Games – Have You Read Divergent?

Welcome to my first ever book review!

This book was originally loaned to me by a friend who had been raving about it for a month or so before she finally convinced me to give it a read and I am so glad that I did!

First off, picture a society similar to Hunger Games (only not), but better.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent is Hunger Games if it was more thought out, better written, just a realistic, and deadlier, if that is possible, which is pretty incredible when you consider it’s her debut novel!

First off, the book takes place in what we assume is post world war type Chicago. In this society, there are 5 main factions each dedicated to a specific virtue – Abnegation (selfless seekers), Amity (peace-seeking), Erudite (knowledge-seekers), Candor (truth seekers), and Dauntless (thrill seekers). At age 16, everyone takes an aptitude test which determines what faction they are best suited towards and then they must choose which faction they want to join. Some stay in the faction they were born into while others transfer to a new one, often leaving their families behind forever. Beatrice, our main protagonist, is born into the life of Abnegation, but she has doubts about belonging in a faction dedicated to selflessness when she never feels good enough. When she takes her aptitude test and results come back inconclusive, she is told that she is Divergent and may never tell anyone or she faces certain death. Then, she is faced with a challenge that may change her life forever – stay with Abnegation or transfer to another faction?

I am really enjoying this series at the moment, currently re-reading the second book Insurgent, and I think anyone who enjoyed Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Uglies series, Infernal Devices or any kind of science fiction types will like this series. I definitely recommend it!

Buy it on Amazon – here! 

Have you read Divergent?

If so, what did you think?


Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this book with my own money and of my own free will! My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

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10 thoughts on “It’s Better Than Hunger Games – Have You Read Divergent?

  1. July 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    I have seen this book in the stores but have never read it. While I did enjoy the hunger games series, it is in no way my favorite book series. If you ever are in need of a new book to read, check out “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett, It takes a bit to get into the book but it’s my favorite book. There is also a made-for-tv 8 hour series made after it. The book and the tv-series are both fantastic.

    1. July 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      oh yeah I’ve heard of Pillars of the Earth, but never read it ; what’s it about? Divergent is good if you like science fiction type metaphors about society etc. It’s also really cleverly written IMO.

      1. July 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        it’s about…a lot of things. this book has so many dynamics to it. i haven’t read it in quite some time but ive been meaning to read it again. it is definitely next on my list to read again once i finish the current series im reading. but back to the’s a historical fiction book and it is set back in the early days. it follows a few families through war, love, sex, revenge. it just has everything. highly recommend it. from the reviews on it, people are somewhat split on it. either you love it or you hate it. hopefully you will love it though 🙂

        1. July 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

          Sounds interesting. 🙂 I will check it out. Have you read The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo?

          1. July 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

            no i haven’t. i have seen it at the library and in stores but have not read it yet. i take it, it’s good?

          2. July 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

            It’s a really good book about life, goals, living, existentialism type . really good.

          3. July 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

            i’ll have to check it out. thanks for the recommendation.

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