Divergent by Veronica Roth
After the craze about The Hunger Games (let me add that I read all three of those books in one week.. they were amazing and if you haven't read them, stop reading this lens and go find one of those books asap!!), I fell in love with the Dystopian novels. I thought they were interesting and different from the usual books that I read, which were mostly fairy-tale-like books with a love story and everything is predictable. Dystopian novels are different because the characters live in a world that is not like ours. Dystopian societies are the opposite of Utopian societies. A utopia is a perfect society. Therefore, a dystopia is not perfect and scary. Dystopian novels take a different spin on the world and makes the novels more captivating. Almost all of the dystopian novels that I've read have been so difficult to put down and so I know for a fact that they are good books and I definitely recommend giving them a read!
My childhood friend suggested the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I never heard about this series or this author before but I was willing to give it a shot. I don't really want to ruin the book or movie (the movie just came out March 21st and it is AMAZING.. so I suggest you read the book quickly and watch the movie ASAP!!) but I will try to give a good review, without spilling all the deets.
Divergent is set in a future version of Chicago, IL. There are five "factions", each of which have one virtue which all the members focus on and live their lives by this virtue. The factions include: Dauntless (bravery), Erudite (knowledge), Abnegation (self-sacrifice), Amity (friendship) and Candor (frankness). Everyone lives in one of these factions and at the age of 16, you must take an aptitude test and decide which faction you would like to be a part of. Most times the teenagers stay within the factions they grew up in, but sometimes they decide to leave their family and enter a faction where they think they will fit in better. When you choose the faction, you must go through an initiation period and if you do not pass, you cannot be a part of the faction and you are now part of the Factionless. They are basically the homeless and poor people, who have no jobs in the society and no purpose to their life.
The main character is Beatrice Prior. She is raised an Abnegation, but her aptitude test shows inconclusive. What we actually learn is that she is a Divergent, which means that she does not fit in with any one faction, but she has traits that are of the other factions as well. This is crucial and she must keep this a secret, since some of the faction leaders are hunting down Divergents and killing them, since they think the Divergents are a threat to the society. Beatrice chooses to join Dauntless, and her brother chooses to join Erudite. Beatrice then shows a lot of bravery within the beginning of her initiation, and wanting to start fresh, chooses a nickname of Tris.
The bulk of the novel is Tris' initiation to the Dauntless. Tris makes great friends, has some troubles with enemies and starts a relationship, with an unlikely person. Then, the majority of the Dauntless army gets brainwashed by the Erudite's in an attempt to overthrow the Abnegation faction. Tris then goes to save the day, but unfortunately loses some very important people in her life. The city is in chaos and the novel ends.
The book is very entertaining and trust me, you will not want to put it down. There is friendship, romance, blood, violence, family secrets, family betrayals and much much more! Check it out! You will be glad you did!
Continue the trilogy with the next two novels: Insurgent and Allegiant.
Luckily for you Allegiant just came out in October so you don't have to go through a long, unbearable wait like I did for its release.
The movie just came out so head to the cinemas! :)
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Last updated on March 27, 2014
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