Friday, July 22, 2011

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth


 

Beatrice (Tris) Prior's life has been planned for her. Everything, including the clothes she wears, the job she'll hold as an adult, and even the playground games she took part in as a child are dictated beforehand. All these things are determined by her faction.

In her dystopian Chicago, people are sorted into five different clans or factions, according to personal traits and qualities. They are: Candor (the honest), Erudite (the brilliant), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the tough and fearless) and Abnegation (the selfless).

Abnegation is the faction that Beatrice was born into. Its members are expected to lead a life of self-denial and charity, and accomplish little in the way of daring feats. Beatrice longs for more.
So when it comes time to take her aptitude test and find out which faction she is most suited for, she jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, when her results come back, they are inconclusive. She sports equal traits for Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation.

This categorizes her as Divergent. Such people end up being executed, or worse, factionless. The test proctor destroys her results, and resubmits them as being Abnegation.
 However, when Choosing Day comes- the last chance left to leave her faction- she chooses Dauntless.
And thus begins her initiation to see if she is fit for the most elite faction of them all.

DIVERGENT is a tale of adventure, action, and just a bit of romance. It was a real-page turner, and each character was captured in vivid detail. The only quibble I have is that sometimes Beatrice would have a revelation, then immediately contradict it in the next chapter. On the whole, though, DIVERGENT was a satisfying story, and I will definitely be reading its sequel, INSERGENT.

I give this book four swallows.

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