In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
- Title: Divergent
- Raina Rating: 8 out of 10
- Genre: Dystopian – Young Adult
- Author: Veronica Roth
Due to the massive popularity of the Hunger Games trilogy, there have been a large number of dystopian books come out. This series however seems to have gotten a lot of critical acclaim so of course I had to check it out … heck, it even got a movie with a really gorgeous lead male character! But back to the book … in this future, the world is broken into five factions and each one plays a role in shaping and running society. There are those who put honesty above all else, and they are called the Candor. There are those who put bravery above all else and those people are called the Dauntless. There are those who put intelligence above all else and those are the Erudite.
virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent)
Right away I will say I got a little lost on the factions. It switches back and forth really fast talking about them and I found that for me at least the trick was to write down the 5 factions and have them on a piece of paper sitting in front of me so when the book made one of its many references to the factions, I could simply glance down and see what the heck the person was talking about. I absolutely would have not made it through the first book in this series without doing that. It takes time getting used to who is what and the story doesn’t allow for that in a natural way. That being said, eventually it does get easier, especially in book two.
The main person in the story is Beatrice. She was born into an Abnegation family (the selfless) and this means that they highly value self sacrifice. At 16, like all others she can choose to stay with her family and remain in the Abnegation faction or she can become go to one of the other factions and if she passes initiation she joins them. Then again the real risk is, if she chooses another faction and fails initiation she becomes the worst possible thing imaginable, one of the factionless, the dredges of society.
Prior to a child’s 16th birthday they are given an examination … well, really more of a high tech psychological test that will help them reveal their true nature. This is meant to help them decide which faction they will be happiest with, for the rest of their life. Of course most people don’t want to leave the love and security of their family but sometimes you just can’t help but be who you are.
If you are wondering a “Divergent” is a person who isn’t like just one faction, but belongs to many. So a person could be selfless but still brave. In this society you are either one thing or the other. Anyone who could be two or three things is a Divergent and Divergence is seen as a defect and a threat so anyone who discovers they are Divergent must keep it a secret and that’s really what this book is about, Beatrice’s secret identity as a Divergent.
There are a lot of people who LOVED this series. Then there are the people who just hated it. Here is a good reason why a lot of people aren’t into it.
I personally did not believe the world for a second. I find it highly unlikely that people would split into five groups that cultivate one specific virtue. It oversimplifies humans and the human experience. It is completely unbelievable, and it reminded me of an odd mixture of the Houses in Harry Potter and the Districts in Hunger Games, that I felt it was unoriginal, badly conceived idea.
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