I first heard about Divergent from Reading Teen, where it was featured as a “Reading Clean Spotlight.” I put off buying the book but whenever I would see it in the store, I’d be reminded that I wanted to read it. I finally caved and picked up a copy last month. It then took me a few weeks to actually read it but after reading the first chapter, I was hooked it – I finished it in a weekend. Yes, there’s some violence – quite a bit – and there’s one choice word, used less than a handful of times. But overlooking that, I liked the book. What makes me even more excited is that the second book is set to come out May 1 so I don’t have to wait long before seeing where the story picks up. However, Veronica was nice enough to include the first two chapters of Insurgent at the back of the book. What I also liked is the playlist for the book she included. I was able to agree with her on almost each song choice and what part of the book it corresponded with.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Leo is a boy who dreams of a life beyond the weight of the responsibility that is destined for his shoulders. Rose Red is a mysterious mountain girl who dreams of nothing save escaping her nightmares. When they meet and become friends, little do they realize the havoc that will be wreaked on their lives as a result, or the power of their friendship to bring them through it.
I really enjoyed this book. When I began to read it it seemed fairly cut and dried, and I thought that I would have endure a book to which I already knew the ending. But then little twists began to appear in the plot. Soon the plot developed into something much more intricate than I had expected, and I was hooked. Even two-thirds of the way through the book, when I still thought I knew the basic premise of the ending, I was very much invested in the story playing out before my eyes.
Turns out, I didn’t know the ending after all. This happens to be part two of a three part story, and while the story that begins in this book comes to a definite close, there is much more to tell and much more that I want to know. I never felt like I had come in on the middle of a story without knowing all the details, which is always a concern when beginning a series in the middle. I felt like this was a complete story about well developed characters with histories more detailed than even they know. Even the character names (Leo, Foxbrush, Daylily, Rose Red), which were somewhat annoying at the beginning of the story, ceased to be so as the story went on — they became a part of the culture represented in the book.
I really liked this book. The prequel, Heartless, came out last year, and Moonblood, the final book in the trilogy, will be released next year. But you don’t have to read them in order. I may not have picked up Heartless initially, but thanks to Veiled Rose, I just became a fan of another series.
I received a review copy of this book free from the publisher, Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own.