Series: Divergent #1
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, YA Fantasy
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.
Today’s post is a review of Divergent, the first book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.
Beatrice is 16. She has grown up in the Abnegation faction. One of five factions that now exist in the world. She lives with her parents and her brother Caleb in the Abnegation district of town. The Abnegation faction are selfless. They wear grey, do not look in mirrors and among other things they always put others before themselves. They live a quiet, simple life unaffected by greed, desire and lust.
The time has come for Beatrice to be assessed. The assessment will help her to decide whether she should remain in Abnegation for the rest of her life, or if she should leave her family and everything she has ever known for one of the other, very different factions. If she chooses to leave the faction she has been born into she will bring shame upon her family. If she stays she will continue to live a bland, peaceful life. Whichever faction she chooses she must pass the initiation to become a member or find herself factionless, poor and on the streets.
We follow the story of Beatrice (Tris) as she makes these potentially life changing decisions. Will she join Candor and forever speak the truth, or Erudite and become a learned scholar? Amity would she her live on the outskirts of town farming the food that the factionless live on. While choosing Dauntless would mean she’d have to set fear aside and protect the city. It’s during this selection process that she discovers a new word, Divergent, a word she is warned to keep to herself!
Beatrice soon captures the attention of an 18 year old known as Four who is to guide her and the other initiates through their initiation. She also attracts the unwanted attention of some other less-than-kind initiates. Through it all she encounters corruption and hatred as she set out to save the world she lives in.
Truthfully it took me a while to get into this book. Perhaps because it gets such good reviews I expected to be captivated from page one. I wasn’t. However I knew that I had to keep reading, that surely so many people couldn’t be wrong about this book.
At about the quarter mark I became hooked and wanted to just keep reading and reading. Yes there are ridiculously predictable plotlines, but I can forgive them because, in general, the ideas in this book are a bit different.
So will I read book 2? Yes. I am hooked. I am hoping for some more twists and turns in the next two books though.
Will I watch the film? I won’t go out of my way to watch it. I want to finish the series with my own ideas on the characters, the city etc. I’m not fussed about seeing the Hollywood interpretation!
Have you read Divergent? What are your thoughts on it?