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8 BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LIKED DIVERGENT

One of my favorite parts about being a book blogger is sharing the books that I love with others. I absolutely love sharing my favorite reads and recommending them to others who are looking to fall in love with a new book! With all of these amazing YA adaptations coming out recently, I know a lot of people are looking for more books similar to the movies that have hit the silver screen, so for all those looking for books similar to your blockbuster favorites, I’ve got some recommendations lined up for you!

It’s no doubt that Veronica Roth’s debut novel (and series) DIVERGENT has exploded over the last few years. I absolutely LOVE seeing not only YA novels but any books gain extreme popularity because they start to grab the attention of occasional or non-readers and for some, that starts a craving for more and more books like the one they just read. For me, it was The Hunger Games and that really set off my craving for dystopians which led me to just more books in general.

So in this post, I wanted to share my personal picks for books like DIVERGENT. I feel like I see some recommendations that are just thrown together because of genre, and yes — there are plenty of dystopian recommendations here — but I also picked the books I thought had similar themes as well as similar feels. Without further ado, here are my picks for eight books to read after DIVERGENT!


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IF YOU LIKED DIVERGENT…

Try… THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey.
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Like DIVERGENT, The 5th Wave is already on its way to becoming a major motion picture. When the book first came out, I wasn’t totally sold on the idea of an alien invasion. I’m not usually one for alien themes but with so many great reviews, I picked up and inhaled it in one day. The action is fantastic, characters are great, and I think fans of Tris will really love Cassie! There’s action, romance, and a plot to save the world.

Try… THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken.
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Things explode in THE DARKEST MINDS when children at 10 years old either develop special abilities… or die. A strange disease sweeps the nation leaving kids dead or left with incredible powers that they can’t control. THE DARKEST MINDS has a bit more of a paranormal aspect with the special abilities thing, but it’s set in a sort of post-apocalyptic world and Ruby and her new group of friends have to try to figure out not only how to survive but also thwart the authorities. All three books in this trilogy are now out and this is one I want to finish this year too!

Try… REBOOT by Amy Tintera.
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I really loved REBOOT when I read it. It’s a sort of zombie story without it really being about zombies. Wren is a “reboot” — After 178 minutes of being dead, she came back to life. She’s not as emotional and seems less human than the reboots who have been dead for longer and come back but emotion isn’t very necessary when your job is to train other reboots… until she starts to fall in love. REBOOT has romance, action, and is set in a dystopian Texas. I thought it was a great balance of everything! It’s a two book series too so it’s one you can finish quickly!

Try… INSIGNIA by S.J. Kincaid.
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INSIGNIA is also a trilogy but it’s a bit different than the ones I’ve listed so far — the main character is male and also a bit younger at fourteen, but the book doesn’t feel juvenile. The earth is in the middle of WWIII when Tom Raines, a fourteen-year-old with incredible video gaming skills, is recruited by the army to control drones. It’s definitely not the same exact concept as DIVERGENT but I think fans will enjoy it! It has a similar feel to me and it’s something that will be easy to sort of compare but won’t feel exactly the same. I had so much fun reading the first book! Another series I want to finish soon.

Try… SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo.
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SHADOW AND BONE is actually fantasy, not dystopian, but I also think it’s great for DIVERGENT fans! The lead female Alina feels she’s completely ordinary and then it turns out that she’s actually incredibly important with incredible abilities. If you’re not a fantasy fan (yet), I strongly recommend starting with SHADOW AND BONE! It was one of my first fantasy series and I ended up really loving it to the point where this trilogy has become one of my all-time favorites. There’s plenty of action, adventure, romance, villains, and magical powers to go around!

Try… PAWN by Aimee Carter.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

Another dystopian novel is PAWN by Aimee Carter. This one has a similar feel to DIVERGENT’s factions with its sort caste system determined with a number ranking. Usually people test into their rankings and don’t get to change at all but Kitty is offered an unusual opportunity to live a glamorous life, but she has to give up everything of her own life.  It’s a very interesting situation and I really enjoyed PAWN a lot! It was definitely twisty and kept me hooked.

Try… LEGEND by Marie Lu.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon
I’ll admit it… I actually liked LEGEND more than DIVERGENT! I was totally wowed by this new dystopian series (well, it’s not new anymore. All three books are out now!) with alternating point of views between the two main characters, Day and June. They’re pretty much polar opposites with June scoring the highest ever on a series of tests called The Trial and Day has the lowest score ever. Worlds collide when Day and June have their first encounter under terrible circumstances and the book escalates from there. I just absolutely loved it!

Try… THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young.
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I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised by THE PROGRAM! This dystopian world is much different than DIVERGENT but I think the general concept will really resonate with DIVERGENT fans! Sloane lives in a world where suicide is an epidemic so Sloane makes the decision to hide the fact that her feelings are there. She doesn’t want to through “the program” and come back emotionless and wiped of all intense memories. It was such an interesting concept and I really connected a lot with this book and its characters!


I hope this list helped you pick out a few new reads! I don’t take my recommendations lightly so I really hope these recommendations strike a chord with DIVERGENT fans! If you’ve read any of these already, what do you think? What other books would you recommend?

Looking for more recommendations? Check out my previous list of recs below!

 

Insurgent (Divergent #2) – Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent #2) – Veronica RothTitle: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
Publishing Info: May 1st, 2012 by HarperCollins
Source: Anderson's Bookshop
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: October 31, 2012
Related Posts: Divergent (Divergent #1)

    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.

bookreview1INSURGENT sort of followed the same pattern that DIVERGENT did for me — I was like “Wow what an ending!” but I was still kind of confused on how I felt about the rest of the story. Once I was done, I spent hours thinking about it afterwards, but I was still confused on whether or not I was really enjoying it while I was reading. Okay — I didn’t mean that. I did enjoy it. Quite a bit, actually. But I still found myself hoping for more. I could never quite place myself in the story though I really, really wanted to.

Somehow I finish over 500 pages and I can’t quite come up with what to say about it. It felt very reminiscent of DIVERGENT to me and not quite like a separate story, although we do find out more secrets here and there and more about the other people who are Divergent like Tris which play into the major conflicts.

Overall, I just felt like I was missing something, that I just needed a little something more and I could never quite figure out what I was missing! It was still very enjoyable though with a nice surprise ending and actually lended a lot of ideas to me for my current NaNoWriMo project (and believe me, for how confused I am about INSURGENT right now, I find myself struggling to make this novel NOT sound like the DIVERGENT series! It really had an impact on me)!

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Beatrice/Tris: Sadly, I think I was more annoyed by Tris in this book. I wanted her to get even stronger and instead, her little lover’s spats with Four started to get on my nerves. I mean, I guess they ARE teenagers, but still. Tris is a strong character and I wanted every aspect about her to grow even stronger.
Four: Same with Four. Enough about the fights with Tris. Be strong and save everyone from the Erudite!
Marcus: Is it bad that I kind of like Marcus in this book? I liked that we got to know him more outside of Four’s nightmares and I thought he became a really interesting character.

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INSURGENT was enjoyable but I still find myself so torn. I can’t stop thinking about the book and yet I can’t think of what I really LOVED.

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Divergent (Divergent #1) – Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent #1) – Veronica RothTitle: Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Publishing Info: April 25, 2011 by HarperCollins
Source: Anderson's Bookshop
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 28, 2012
Related Posts: Insurgent (Divergent #2)

    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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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So before I started DIVERGENT, I knew three things: 1) It’s a dystopian. 2) Everyone loves it. 3) I wanted to read it.
I really didn’t know much about the plot as I like to keep myself in the dark and figure it out as we go along, so I was actually quite surprised at how the story unfolded. I think I expected a lot more action and a lot more direct conflict with the authority of society, but instead I found myself learning more and more about Beatrice and seeing her grow as a person. I actually quite liked it, but it threw me off a little bit.

I always enjoy true dystopian societies where we see the landscape in shambles as the citizens rise up and try to reconfigure their world and “do it better” than the generations who left this crumbling world for them. Divergent is definitely a true dystopian, and I really enjoyed learning about all of the factions and their different characteristics. Of course, I don’t ever think this would actually work in the real world, but it was interesting nonetheless!

I think I was hoping to learn more about being Divergent and what it really means closer to the beginning/middle of the story. We get little sneak peeks at how it makes Beatrice different from her peers, but I feel like I was left waiting too long to figure out what made a person Divergent and if there was anyone else out there who was like her that was forced into hiding as well.

As far as the ending goes, it’s not quite cliffhanger, but definitely left me on the edge of my seat waiting to pick up INSURGENT! Lucky me, I just bought it!

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Beatrice/Tris: Geez, how do I feel about Beatrice? I don’t even know. I relate a little to her Abengation side seeing as how that’s the selfless side of her and the one who puts everyone else first. Well, I guess I’m not really like that, but I’m a people-pleaser so I have to make sure others are happy with my decision and it’s not all about me! As for the Dauntless side… Yikes. I don’t think I can handle Tris! Even not being one of the most hard-core kids their, her bravery and determination scares me!! I really enjoyed how much we got to see her change throughout the book though and pick up pieces of each faction here and there. She really turned into a stonger person by taking all of those aspects and combining them into an awesome Divergent.
Four: Hmm, Four. Why did I keep picturing him as Kupono from SYTYCD? I really have no idea how his physical description led me there, but there you have it. I always like the roles of these main male characters who are teachers as well as protectors and then they have to throw a little romance in there. Ugh, that combination just kills me! Books like VAMPIRE ACADEMY, RIFT, SWEET EVIL — I think that combination is turning out to be my favorite kind of romance. As much as I liked him, I felt like he fell a little flat, but then again, he was keeping his distance from Tris and he had secrets of his own that weren’t revealed until much later in the book.
Christina: I think Christina was definitely my favorite secondary character! Each had its own part, but I love the best friend that Roth created for Tris as she figures out how to be Dauntless. She seems like someone I’d like to be friends with and a fierce ally who would always have your back! Christina definitely brought a lot of color into the book and really helped Tris develop her character even further.

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P97: “Four leaving makes me nervous. Leaving us with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives.”

P250: “Peace is restrainted; this is free.”

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4.5/5 STARS

I think the only thing really holding me back from giving it 5 stars is that I just wanted a bit more action from it. We get a lot of action scenes in the Dauntless compound, but I was hoping for more conflict with society earlier in the book to add for a little bit more suspense. I’m hoping INSURGENT picks up right where we left off and it hits the ground running!

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I actually made a post with DIVERGENT recommendations! If you’re a big DIVERGENT fan, check out “8 Books to Read If You Liked Divergent” and hopefully your next great read is tucked in there!

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