REVIEW: Divergent by Vernoica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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I had heard that in the line of epic dystopian YA fantasy, Divergent was not as good. While I don’t think it’s as good as say The Hunger Games, I do think it was really good.

I liked the world of Divergent. The premise of their society being sectioned off into the different traits that each sub-society respected was really interesting.

When I think about real life, I know I wouldn’t be able to fit into one category and don’t know one person that could section themselves off to one trait so they couldn’t fit into a particular group like that.

I would care about others, and being truthful is really important to me but I don’t think I could sacrifice myself so completely or just tell the truth as plainly as I think it in my mind. So I couldn’t even belong two let alone one.

The characters on the other hand seemed slightly flat. I thought all the events that happened to them were really cool but they didn’t handle them just the way real people would. It was a valiant effort to make them seem believable but fell just short of that.

I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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