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Is Divergent Worth the Read? A YA Dystopian Romance Book Review

Divergent book cover
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hey bookworms and fellow initiates!

It's time for another book review, and today I'm diving headfirst into the electrifying world of Divergent by Veronica Roth, where factions rule and being different could be deadly!

First things first, let's talk about the premise. In a society where everyone's divided into factions based on their personality traits, our heroine Beatrice Prior is facing one heck of an identity crisis. As she navigates through this dystopian Chicago, we're thrust into a whirlwind of action, romance, and some seriously tough choices.

Roth doesn't hold back when it comes to world-building. From the gritty streets of Dauntless to the intellectual haven of Erudite, each faction feels like its own vibrant universe. It's like hopping on a magical train where you never quite know what's around the corner.

But what really sets Divergent apart is its characters. Beatrice, or should I say Tris, isn't your typical damsel in distress. She's fierce, independent, and flawed in all the right ways. And don't even get me started on Four – mysterious, brooding, and totally swoon-worthy.

Of course, no dystopian tale would be complete without its fair share of twists and turns, and Divergent delivers them as expected.

The Finer Book Review Details

Now let's look at the finer details, and be forewarned...I'm going to be harsh!

👸Characters: As mentioned before, Tris is a strong female MC, which I really do like about her. But her voice feels very stiff to me, which is probably on purpose since people tease her and call her “Stiff.” 😂


Four is our MMC and romantic interest. I enjoyed his character a lot, which is probably why I wished there was more of him. But he doesn’t really take a significant role in the story until roughly the half-way mark, which was a bummer for me.


💗🌶️Romance & Spice: Romance takes a back seat in this story, but I’m not sure if it was really supposed to. Four and Tris’s relationship is a slow burn, with no spice present, making this better for younger readers interested in YA Dystopian stories. The relationship develops fairly organically and remains sweet throughout the course of the book.

📖Plot: The world in this book isn’t complex at all and easy to follow, but I do find the plot to be fairly unexciting. Yes, there’s conflict, but this book is more about Tris trying to become Dauntless (a faction in this dystopian society), and only introduces the main conflict. There were a few surprises here and there, but overall, I just wasn’t that into it.


Overall Rating: ⭐⭐ 


I think that The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Configured by Jenetta Penner are far better dystopian reads than Divergent. I do believe, however, that Divergent is a classic in the genre. So, if you're a diehard dystopian fan, then you should absolutely read it

Now, if you're a dystopian romance fan, then you might want to check out Revile. Romance takes centerstage in this standalone book withing the larger Dissenter Saga universe. With an enemies-to-lovers romance, spice, and a strong female MC, Revile offers a great ride!

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