Beatrice Prior resides in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five different factions. These factions were created to grow specific virtues and to bring harmony to the world— Candor, Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, and Abnegation. On a designated day once a year each and every sixteen year old among the factions must make a choice, a choice that transforms their future. On this day each one is to decide the faction they will be devoted to for the rest of their lives. The choice for Beatrice is to live her life with her family, or be who she really is— there is no way she can have both. The decision she makes is one that surprises everyone— including herself.
After the decisions have been made the new initiates all go through their chosen factions initiation. Beatrice, now called Tris, struggles with the other initiates in order to live out the choice they have made. The initiates undergo tests that challenge them in every way—physically, mentally, and emotionally—some having dire consequences. Initiation is a transforming time and during it Tris has to determine who her true friends are and how a new relationship with a fascinating, sometimes overwhelming boy all fit into her new life. Through all of this Tris has been holding back information, about herself, that she has been warned not to share or it could lead to her death. She soon discovers conflict and unrest that threatens to destroy the seemingly perfect society she once knew, she even comes to discover that her secret may be the one thing that can save them all—or it could be the one thing that destroys her.
I was recommended Divergent by a friend, so even before I returned home I hopped online to make the purchase. When I got home I opened the package and started to read…and honestly I couldn’t put the book down.
Divergent is one of many books about dystopian societies that are appearing on the shelves of bookstores all over the nation. What makes this one unique is the depth that Roth includes in her writing. It is more than just the struggle of living in a dystopia, or more than just the normal teenage girl struggles, of love and acceptance, but of doing what is right and standing up for the things you believe in. I may not be living in the same world as Tris but I found myself able to relate to her, at least a little. Her struggle between staying alive for the sake of those she loves, or sacrificing herself to save the world she knows.
Even when there wasn’t a battle, or people fighting one another this book kept me on the edge of my seat, sometimes literally. If you had seen me I was on the edge of my chair waiting for what was going to happen next. Roth did an amazing job with Divergent and she is able to keep the reader interested the entire way through. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, Divergent is a less gruesome version and having read both I honestly could say I like Divergent more. I would recommend this book for teens, young adults, and adults especially if you’re a fan of reading about dystopian societies.
If it means anything, before I was even halfway through with Divergent I was back in the store buying the second book in the series, Insurgent.
* I completely agree with Ashleigh’s 5 Star review of this book! You can read my review HERE. The ebook is currently just $3.99 & I’m sure your local library has it so go grab a copy if you have not read it! ~Inspired Kathy