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Divergent by Veronica Roth

27 Nov

ImageThis book takes place in Dystopian Chicago. In order to create a more functional society, they (being the government) split the city into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Once a person reaches age sixteen, the individual takes an aptitude test that tells them in which faction they’d best fit in, so they then can choose the faction in which they will reside for the remainder of their lives.

Tris Prior was raised in the Abnegation faction, but she never felt at peace there. She never once felt quite selfless enough to belong with such kind people, like her parents or brother, Caleb. Caleb has a birthday around the same time as her, so they take the aptitude test at the same time.

Things don’t go as planned. Tris becomes something she didn’t know before that day- a Divergent. She is forced to keep it all a secret, and surprises everyone with her choice of faction. Only a handful of people before her have chosen that same path.

Along the way, she deals with your average teenage stuff, like boyfriends and bullies, and some things that would earn a solid eleven on the freak-o-meter. She comes to find that one choice can transform you.

*****

I loved this book. It was the a perfect balance of realistic and fiction. You as a reader come to know Tris as much more than she makes herself out to be. As she says “I am Selfish. I am Brave”. I also think that this book sets an example for all of us, that no one person fits just one faction, and that many different things and personalities must work together to make a society successful.

Now, this book does have some romantic themes along the way, but that does not mean that is necessarily a “chick” book. Guys have approached me in the past to comment on the novel. None of them had anything bad to say about it.

As for Veroncia Roth’s heart-pounding debut novel, I give it two thumbs-up.