The dystopian city of Chicago is composed of five factions. Each year, all of the 16 year olds are given an aptitude test to determine which of the five factions they belong in. These teens then choose the factions where they will live out the rest of their lives. It may be the one in which they grew up, or it may be another.
In Veronica Roth's Divergent, Beatrice Prior has never felt comfortable in the Abnegation faction, where the focus is on selflessness. She hopes the test will help her decide where she does belong, but something doesn't work out quite right, and she isn't given a definite answer. Instead, she learns she is something called Divergent. With this knowledge, Beatrice chooses Dauntless (the brave) as her faction and renames herself Tris. She devotes herself to making it through the tough initiation in her new faction, while hiding her Divergent status from those who would do her harm.
I don't read a lot of young adult novels, but this one has been very popular and I got a great deal for the ebook, so I figured why not! I'm so glad I did. I got right into the story and the characters, and had a hard time putting the book down. There's a lot of violence in this book, as the Dauntless initiation is focused on learning to fight and facing fears. But I thought the relationships between characters were fairly realistic, both the good and the bad. And I found myself caring about Tris and the other characters, and wondering what would happen next.
I will definitely be reading the next book in this series. This one does leave you hanging a bit, as is expected in a trilogy. And I look forward to seeing the movie now, too!
My Rating: 5/5
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This review is written based on a copy of Divergent that I purchased.