Divergent – Book Review/Link Up

Time to talk about Divergent by Veronica Roth!!

In case you forgot or you’re new — here are the rules….

  1. You don’t have to answer every question.
  2. You can add your own comments/questions. (feel free to suggest any – and I will add them to the list!)
  3. If you don’t have a blog – please feel free to add your review to the comments section of my review (to be posted soon – maybe later this week or this weekend).
  4. If you DO have a blog – link in your review. You don’t have to wait for me to write your review, just remember to stop by once I post link yours in.

And now for the questions

1. What did you think of the world that Divergent is set in? Would you have thrived or failed in that world? Was it realistic?

The setting of this world really reminded of A Clockwork Orange. Futuristic and realistic enough to be creepy – but I never forgot it was a made-up world (unlike say, Harry Potter). I think if she had fleshed out some of the other factions a little more and gone into more details on how the factions all intergrated a little more clearly I would feel differently.

I would have definitely failed in this world though – especially in Abnegation and Dauntless.

2. What would be the biggest pro to living in a world with factions? Biggest con?

Biggest Pro: Once you pick your faction – you know what you’re going to do with your life. For the most part.

Biggest Con: Being pigeonholed. Your identity is based on your faction. You may not be able to be the person you WANT to be. All based on a decision made at age 19.

3.  What faction would be in? You can take the Faction Aptitude Test to be sure :) Which faction was your favorite?

According to the test I would be Amity…which is pretty accurate. I don’t like conflict. I like it when people get along. I am always willing to compromise. I don’t hold grudges. Seems like a wimpy faction though!

4. Why do you think Tris picked the faction that she did? Were you surprised? Were you surprised about her brother?

I think she picked it because she went with her gut. She knew she wasn’t truly Abnegation and choosing Dauntless was something new and exciting. I was not surprised — and it might have been because of the “foreshadowing” that lead up to it — especially when referencing Tobias and his deflection from Abnegation.

I was more surprised about her brother — but like my friend Kate said — the pale face and books SHOULD have given it away!

5. Let’s talk about Tris – did she make you want to be 16 again? Did you love her or hate her?

I liked Tris, but I did not LOVE her. It’s hard to explain. She was — dare I say — a little boring? In some ways, I DID want to be 16 again. Whole life ahead of you. Big decisions to make. But in others — I am SO GLAD that part of my life is over. 17+ years later. I’m OK with being in my 30s :)

6. Let’s talk about Four – love him or hate him? Were you surprised by his “big reveal”?

While I didn’t love Tris, I did love Four. I hope the next book goes more into detail on Four’s life. I was a little surprised on the reveal. I thought that ERIC was Tobias. I figured it out before the reveal, but it could have gone either way for a while.

7. Why do you think the factions found being Divergent so threatening? What would you do it YOU were Divergent?

I think they feared people thinking for themselves and relating to different groups of people. Sharing ideas, learning new things, and knowledge. By separating people into factions it helped create fear and prejudice.

8. Why did the serum work on Four but not Tris? (this was just something I was wondering)

I thought that Tris was given the serum (at the end) at the same time at Four — but apparently she wasn’t? Somebody please explain it to me! Ha ha. I read too fast.

9. What fears would show up in your fear landscape?

Bees, hornets, cockroaches (and palmetto bugs), flying, heights, and speaking in front of large groups of people

Bonus Question: How much do hate and also love that Veronica Roth is only 22?

I hate her SO MUCH! I can’t imagine being so gifted at such a young age.

Overall, I think this book was an awesome/easy read. I love Young Adult so much! I could tell she was influenced by The Giver. I DO think the plot was somewhat predictable (especially compared to other books like Hunger Games and Maze Runner) and there were definitely holes in the plot, but who’s to say they won’t be answered in subsequent books. Which, for the record, I will be reading as soon as they are available!

Did you read the book? What did you think? Ready to link up??? It’s set to close on August 2nd — so GO!


  1. cristy says

    Just wanted to pop in and give you a thanks for having these questions. I chose this book for my bookclub this month and was having a bit of a concentration problem and coming up with questions, so I was happy to stumble upon your blog. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow a few, they are good questions. And looking around, your blog looks fun and interesting that I might just pop back in sometime. Thanks again!


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