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Books in Review: The Divergent Series

I read a lot. I would guess that I average about 40 books a year. It’s not uncommon that I spend a few hours on a “me day” and finish a book in one sitting. It just recharges me like nothing else can. I love getting lost in worlds that aren’t our own and experiencing things that I otherwise never would.

I love sharing that feeling. That’s what this Books in Review blog series is about. Sharing that feeling.

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Divergent Series

The Divergent Series
Book 1 Divergent
Book 2 Insurgent
Book 3 Allegiant
Veronica Roth

Quick Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I finished all 3 books in 2 days. It’s similar to The Hunger Games, if you’ve read that. However, there are enough differences to set it a part. Some readers thought the ending should have been different (I’m among them), but it doesn’t change my overall opinion of the book.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


**This book has now been made into a well-rated movie starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.**

See additional titles by this author HERE.


  1. Funny that you read the whole Divergent series in one month! I finished Divergent and have Insurgent sitting on the table to start this week! Will you be seeing the movie when it comes out?

  2. I will be seeing the movie. That's actually why I read the book. My book club decided that for 2014 we are going to read all of the books that will be turned into movies this year, then when the movie comes out we are all going to go watch it. I think it should be fun!

    Are you planning to see the movie?

  3. I'm always jealous when I read book reviews… I don't seem to get any time to myself to read at the moment and so I add the ones that seem most interesting to my "me time, one day" list. I have bought the Happiness Project and have that waiting for me… I hope I'm not bored too!

  4. One of the best things I did was joined a book club. It was my New Years resolution because I love reading, but never had the time.

    While The Happiness Project did bore me a little – I am SO glad I read it. I did learn a lot from it!

  5. Wow – I wish I had time to read that much! They look like a fun read 🙂

  6. WOW! These all look great! I wanted to read one book per month this year…it's the end of February and I'm still on book one LOL **SIGH**

  7. OH!! I've been dying to read the divergent series!! I'm glad to know its a good one!!!

  8. I've been wanting to read divergent and the happiness project. These are both on my list to read soon! Thanks for sharing this awesome info!

  9. These all look good. I really want to check out the Happiness Project next.

  10. I really need to add some of these to my book list. Divergent looks fantastic–thanks for sharing

  11. They All Look Like Great Books I Will Definitely Be Getting The HAPPY REPORT!!

  12. I think the The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin could be inspiring.

  13. I think i will look into the happiness project. Even though it only scored a 3, I think I would be interested in any lessons that can be learned.

  14. Ha ha just stick with it! You can do it! 🙂
    I have the kindle app on my phone and just read whenever I get even a spare second.

  15. The Divergent series looks interesting. Dystopias are always intriguing!
    ~ Kimberly
    Our Family World

  16. Good for you. You did a great job with your reviews this month. Wishing more success next month. 😉

  17. That looks like a great series. I have to get back to reading the way I used to.

    Michelle F.

  18. You are welcome! I hope you enjoy them!

  19. I agree. I only gave it a 3, but still really got a lot out of it!

  20. Haha – I joined a book club and that helps keep me accountable.

  21. I used to read a lot and I had kind of gotten away from it. I started missing it, so my New Year's resolution became to read at least a book month and I joined a book club to help.

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