Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published:May 3, 2011
ISBN: 9780062024022
Pages: 498

So I literally just finished reading Divergent and had to write a review immediately.  I initially picked it up based on Wanda from Good Choice Readings rave review.  Once, I got it I couldn't put the book down.  From the minute I picked it up from the library on Friday to about 11 the same evening, I was super absorbed by Beatrice and all her adventures.  This book totally lived up to the hype.

In a future Chicago, society is divided into five groups, each defined by their chosen personality type.  There's Amity (Peace), Candor (Honest), Dauntless (Brave), Abnegation (Selfless), & Erudite (Intelligent).  Each faction bases their culture on the development of the character trait they presume to be the basis for a peaceful, prosperous society.  Everyone is born into a faction.  Yet every year sixteen year olds are required to undergo simulations to identify the faction they will be a member of for the rest of their life.  On a special day, every sixteen year old must declare the faction they choose. Imagine having your life decided by the results of your personality test.  Your job, your mate, your family (old or new) is decided by which faction you choose.  The only thing harder than choosing a faction is being factionless, doomed to a life of poverty and neglect.

Beatrice Prior is having a hard time making her choice of faction.  Her simulation classed her as divergent.  Does she put her feelings aside and remain in her faction of birth or does she follow her heart and choose another more to her liking?  All of this on top of keeping her divergence a secret.  After making her choice, she must come to terms with the effect her choice has on those around her.  Left to find her own way, she has to deal with her new surroundings while watching for those who have ill will toward her.

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