After getting this book recommended to be my multiple people, I had to read it, and I’m very glad I did.Divergent, by Veronica Roth, is a dystopian YA novel set in Chicago in the future. The book follows Beatrice (Tris) as she leaves her home to start a new life.
Society is comprised of five factions, each with its own special trait that defines the residents. Beatrice is from Abnegation, where the defining characteristic is selflessness, but she doesn’t feel like she fits in. When all faction residents are 16, there is a test to determine what traits define them and where they really belong, and then everyone gets to make a choice about which faction they want to live in. When Beatrice receives inconclusive results, she is told she is Divergent, but doesn’t understand what that means. The day of the ceremony, she chooses the faction Dauntless, leaving her family behind.
To become a full memeber of Dauntless, Beatrice changes her name to Tris, and undergoes an initiation process to learn courage and how to overcome fear. During this process, Tris learns that being Divergent is very dangerous, and she has to watch herself in training. She finds that she can beat the fear simulations with little effort, which causes the leaders of Dauntless to suspect her of being Divergent. After her initiation, all hell breaks loose.
I won’t give anything away, but as you can imagine with most dystopian novels, the citizens finally realize that things weren’t what they seem and a rebellion is bound to occur. With a little romance thrown in with another Divergent, Tris must fight to save her world. This book was a fun and quick read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games and wants to dive into other worlds. There is also a sequel, Insurgent, which I’ll have to find at the library!