Divergent Is the breakout novel by author Veronica Roth, and is the first of yet another YA distopian trilogy. To be honest, I have got mixed feelings about this novel, and for the first time in my life will actually just suggest watching the movie instead of reading the book.
In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, survivors were divided into five factions based on their dispositions: Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intellectual. Each year, all sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test that describes the faction for which they are best suited. After receiving the results, they can decide whether to remain with their family’s faction or transfer to a new faction. Those who do not complete initiation into their new faction become “Factionless” and are forced to live in poverty on the streets of the city.
Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior is born into an Abnegation family. She doesn’t feel she belongs in Abnegation, because she doesn’t see herself as naturally selfless. Her aptitude test results are inconclusive and indicate aptitude for three factions – Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. The test proctor warns her never to tell anyone that her results were inconclusive because that makes her a ‘Divergent.’ Beatrice agonizes over Choosing Day, unsure about staying in Abnegation with her parents or moving to a different faction. On Choosing Day Beatrice decides to leave Abnegation and join Dauntless. Her brother Caleb chooses Erudite.
Naturally there is an attempted coup in the dystopian world, in which Tris gets caught up. I don’t want to give you too many spoilers, so yea, If it sounds interesting to you already then stop reading my review and go buy the book.
I’ve got to give props to Mrs. Roth, she does write exceptionally well, but I just feel as though there are too many plot and logic holes in the story. There’s no real reasoning behind any of the technology showcased in her fictional world, and that’s something that just bugs me. Nevertheless, the sci-fi aspect of the book still turns my bookworm on.
Overall, the storyline has a lot of potential, almost endless potential in fact, which will probably be enough to convince me to overlook the logic holes and have a gander at the second novel in the series.
I give Divergent a respectable rating of 6.8/10, the same score I gave to Mockingjay, the least endearing of the Hunger Games books.