Divergent Book Review

Emily Hayes, Staff Writer

In Divergent, the inhabitants of a future-set Chicago city have been split into five different factions. Each faction has a character trait that they prize more than any other. Abnegation values selflessness, Dauntless values bravery, Amity values peace, Candor values honesty, and Erudite value intelligence.

At the age of sixteen, each person takes a test to find out which faction they are best suited. They then choose whether to stay in their current faction with their families or leave them behind and transfer to a new one.

Sixteen-year-old Beatrice “Tris” Prior hasn’t the slightest idea what her results will be. Her results come back showing she is “Divergent” and has an equal aptitude for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. Tris makes a brave decision to leave her Abnegation family behind her and transfer to Dauntless. She must have one of the top ten scores in the Dauntless initiation or she risks becoming one of the factionless.

Tris struggles to hide her Divergent mindset as she faces the physical, mental, and emotional challenges initiation sets for her. When attempts are made on her life, she finds out who her true enemies are and learns who she can really trust. She finds romance with the mysterious and sometimes infuriating Dauntless trainer Four.

I had heard many good things about the book before I read it and Divergent did not disappoint me in the least bit. It has been referred to as “the Next Hunger Games” and I support that title completely. It was one of the best books I have read this year. Veronica Roth really manages to capture a convincing and interesting future for the city of Chicago. The novel is a fast-paced dystopian thriller. The diverse characters are lifelike and at times unpredictable.

Readers like me find themselves unable to put the book down from the very beginning. Insurgent, the second book in the trilogy was just as amazing. The third and final book of the trilogy is set to be released this fall. Anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or Twilight will enjoy this trilogy as well.