Divergent by Veronica Roth
In the near future, we live in one of five factions. Each group is conditioned to think, act, and behave in a certain way. When we turn sixteen years old, we are given a test that assigns us to one of the factions. We then have the choice of staying in the faction of our family or transferring to one of the other four.
We are introduced to this world through the character of Beatrice Prior. Her test proved that she didn’t exactly belong to any of the factions. It turns out that she is “Divergent” and that this is a scary and pretty much unspeakable thing.
She renames herself Tris and abandons her home faction for a new one. She tries to understand exactly what she is and why.
The writing is fast-paced and brilliant. This is a world that mirrors our own. We have all been conditioned to act and behave in certain ways. This is science fiction at its best. It shines a light on our own reality while delivering a spellbinding story. I simply couldn’t put the book down.
We get a resolution at the end of the book, but I am left wanting to read more about Tris and this dystopian world she seems destined to overthrow. Good thing this is a trilogy. I will be reading the next book, Insurgent, very soon.
I’m adding this title to my Recommended Reads section. You should check it out.
My 2013 Reading Log (Every book I’ve read this year with links to each title)