Divergent

Veronica Roth

Divergent
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Divergent

Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are - and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves … or it might destroy her.

Review

Imagine a society divided into five factions. Each faction represents a particular virtue its members are said to possess and are free to cultivate.

Candor is regarded for its honesty. Erudite is known for its intelligence. Abnegation prefers a life of selflessness. Amity believes in a peaceful existence and Dauntless parades the bravery of its members. If you were given a choice, which faction would you choose?

At the age of sixteen, citizens in a dystopian Chicago are required to take an aptitude test to help them decide on which faction they would like to be a part of. Beatrice Prior struggles to follow the rules of Abnegation, believing she is more selfish than selfless. When the results of her test come back inconclusive she discovers she is part of another faction that is considered a threat to society’s peaceful existence. She is a Divergent. When the day arrives for Beatrice to choose her faction her decision not only changes the course of her life but also upsets the relationship between all the factions.

There was much hype surrounding the release of Divergent with many tipping it to be the dystopian novel of the year. Following the success of The Hunger Games it has a lot to live up to. Veronica Roth writes with so much confidence it is hard to imagine this is in fact her first book. The dystopian world she has created is so vivid and so thought-provoking you cannot help but feel for all the characters. This is a compelling read that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Divergent will shock you, move you and most importantly it will have you hanging for more. Lovers of dystopian fiction will not be disappointed. The second book in the series is due for release next year.

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