Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth


Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Pages: 496
Source: Borrowed from Danielle B.
Ratings: 5 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Where to start with this book? Seriously. This is probably one of the best books I have read this year. If it was possible for me to marry a book, I would marry this one.
I was extremely hesitant to start this book because there was so much hype surrounding this book. Usually when there is all this hype surrounding a book saying how awesome the book is I’m extremely wary and often times the book does not live up to the hype. That was not the case with Divergent. If anything, Divergent was even better then all the hype makes it out to be. This book is just awesome in a physical form.
So why is this book awesome? Let’s first start with the plot. I loved this plot. This book is dystopian done right. From the first moment you pick up the book until the very last page you will be actively engaged in the plot. I literally was swept up into the plot of this book, not sure were Veronica Roth would take Tris and Four and the other characters next. I was constantly turning the pages, engrossed in the story. I got so swept up in the action of Divergent that I lost track of time reading this book and was actually shocked when I finished because I did not realize I had just spent hours reading the book. I have to say the climax of this book is amazing. This book had one of the best climaxes in a book with a great twist and great action. The last couple chapters had me literally gasping out loud and even yelling at the book. I was very emotional invested in the plot and was just amazed at everything that happened in the book. I don’t want to spoil the plot for anyone but be expected to be blown away.
Another amazing thing about this book was that Veronica Roth was able to create a realistic future dystopian society. A thing that can make or break a book, specifically a dystopian, is the world building. Veronica Roth is able to successfully create a world where people are separated into five different factions based on different personality characteristics to create a perfect society. Veronica Roth immediately immerses you into Tris’s future Chicago world. The differences between each faction in the society was clearly defined, and the five factions made sense in trying to establish a perfect society. I was really fascinated by the differences between each faction and the decision each person must face when they come of age: stay with your family in the same faction or chose a different faction in which you are better suited for. I loved the whole world of the Dauntless faction and how different it was from the Abnegation faction and the other factions. I just loved the contrast between all the factions.
I really loved the main character of Divergent Tris. She is such a strong, fierce character. I loved that Tris was not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and was willing to make choices based on her heart and decisions even if they were unpopular decisions. Tris was everything you want in a strong female character. Not only was she willing to make difficult decisions she could also kick ass, physically. I loved that she was such a strong female character, making decisions based on what she thought was right, not what society deemed right. And then there is Four. I loved Four. He was awesome and just as strong as Tris. I have a lot to say about him but it’s spoilery and I do not like spoilers.
There is so much more I want to say about this book, but I am worried about spoiling the book and this is not a book you want spoiled. You need to experience everything first hand to get the full effect of how awesome this book is. I am amazed at how amazing this book is. One of the amazing things about this book is that it is from a debut author who is still in her 20s. I’m amazed. This is definitely a stunning debut and I cannot wait for the sequel and to see what else this amazingly talented writer will turn out next.
Everyone needs to go out and buy this book since it is on sale today. I would marry this book if possible, because it is that awesome. I realized I have used awesome a lot in this review, but really there are no adjectives to describe my love for this book. Awesome is the only one that comes close. I am willing to force this book upon random people on the streets and bookstores. That is how much I love this book. I have already forced upon one of my college professors because I love it so much. Everyone go buy this book because it is one of the best debuts of the year, and even possibly, one of the best books in general of the year.
And check out my Fragment Friday where I read an excerpt from the beginning of Divergent.

Also check out the trailer for Divergent here. Divergent by Veronica Roth is on sale now.

Review: Angelfire

Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: Februrary 15, 2011           
Pages: 464
Source: Borrowed from Danielle B.
Ratings: 4 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.
When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers – monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell – she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.
A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie’s powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her – an assassin who has already killed her once.
While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie’s soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian’s most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives – including truths that may be too frightening to remember.
I was intrigued by Angelfire’s premise and was not let down. In this stunning debut, Courtney Allison Moulton a butt kicking novel.
Angelfire was something new and intriguing. Once I started it, I could not put it down. From the first chapter to the last page I was drawn in. What made this book was truly the characters and there interactions with each other. Ellie was a kick ass heroine. Even as she was discovering who she was and what she was Ellie still had a certain spark to her. And Will was a hot bundle of mystery. And there is Cadan who did not have a huge role, but was definitely a bigger mystery then Will and I have a feeling will be seeing a bunch more of him later.
This book had tons of butt kicking, action packed scenes. Ellie and Will get there share of kicking reapers butts. And let me say, I loved these action scenes, they were awesome. While reading them, I felt like I could picture exactly what was going on as if I was watching an action movie. I literally could not get enough of them.
I loved how Courtney Allison Moulton was able to make this story completely unique and her own. Angelfire was truly a story I’ve never read before. The plot was fresh and kept me on the edge of my seat, and the twist at the end, BRILLANT! Angelfire is a must read and I will definitely be waiting on the edge of my seat for its sequel.