Divergent Series by Veronica Roth ~ Review #VeronicaRoth

Whilst checking out a little second hand shop in a small town recently, I stumbled upon these three books, and picked them up for the bargain price of $5 for the series! They were well loved and I was excited to jump into this world!
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Genre: YA Dystopia
Published: February 28th 2012 (first published April 25th 2011)

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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

This was a fabulous start to the series! I have to be honest, I have watched the movie about this book and the book was better than I hoped. It was a great introduction to the characters and the world that they live in.

I liked seeing Tris grow and adapt throughout this book. She faced some hard times and there were so many moments that could drag her down, but she managed to find inner strength to push through.

I liked meeting the mix of characters throughout this read, and am keen to see how they all gel in the future reads. This book was everything I expected, and I am certain that I will dive into the next book immediately.

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Genre: YA Dystopia
Published: May 1st 2012

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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

This was a great sequel to the first book, with just as much action and drama that I hoped. There was so much change and this group of teenagers were strong enough and selfless enough to fight for the world they wanted to live in.

Tris made a lot of sacrifices and at times I thought she was running head on into danger without thinking of the consequences. She had a strong group around her that were willing to do anything to help her. She made alliances with some unlikely people, and through everything she could still rely on Four to come to her aide.

The ending left me shocked, and eager to jump into the next book to see how things would unfold. Things were changing for everyone and I could see more change on the horizon!!

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Genre: YA Dystopia
Published: October 22nd 2013

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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

This was quite the eye opening read. Being the last book in the series I knew it was going to be one hell of a roller coaster ride. Tris had already lost so many people and was determined to get answers from those involved.

I liked how this book also gave us Tobias/Four's perspective. I was able to see his struggles and what he was dealing with. He had some hard decisions to make, not all were the right ones, and he had to learn from those mistakes.

This read wasn't my favourite, but it also dragged the most emotion from me. I was not ready for how it wrapped up and blubbered my way through the final chapters. I was proud of how all characters stood up and faced the challenges and were willing to do anything to restore order to their world, and the new one they were in.

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection), the Carve the Mark duology (Carve the Mark, the Fates Divide), The End and Other Beginnings collection of short fiction, and many short stories and essays. Her first book for adult audiences, Chosen Ones, is out now. She lives in Chicago.

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