Divergent – Another Great Dystopian Tale

First things first, I need to apologize. I haven’t blogged in quite some time and most of that is due to having a baby. But, no worries, I have still been reading as much as I can and have a lot of new novels to share with you. First up on the list: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Roth creates another dystopian world that is easy to fall into. After the world collapses on itself, the survivors create five factions in the hopes that each faction will live in harmony with the other. The factions are Amity (for those that felt that the previous world ended because their wasn’t enough happiness), Candor (for those that felt that dishonesty caused the previous world to fail), Erudite (that believed that a lack of knowledge caused the downfall of civilization), Dauntless (who was certain that it was cowardice that caused their world to collapse) and finally Abnegation (that felt pride and selfishness was the problem with the previous world.)


In this dystopian land, a person grows up in the faction they are born in, but at the age of sixteen they are given a test simulation that reveals the real faction they should be in. It is then that the teenager can decide to stay with the faction they were born in, or move into the faction that they had aptitude for in regards to the simulation.
Divergent tells the tale of Beatrice (Tris), a born Abnegation that finds out in her test simulation that she is different than the rest. Instead of just getting one faction option, Beatrice finds herself having aptitude for three: Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. Having a mind that has aptitude for more than one faction is called Divergent and can be considered very dangerous if the wrong people realize that their brains work in that manner.
Tris ultimately chooses Divergent and struggles to pull herself from the “stiff” roots of her previous faction and find friends and companionship in her new Dauntless faction. But after a grueling initiation process, before she is officially welcomed into the Dauntless world a simulation causes anyone who is not Divergent to blindly wipe out nearly an entire faction and suddenly Tris finds herself in the most dangerous obstacle she has faced yet.
I really got into this novel pretty fast. I think it had a lot to do with my love for Dystopian fiction or maybe it was my want to find another book that would give me the same feeling that The Hunger Games did while reading. Whatever it was, I flew through this in no time and definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys that type of plot and setting. This is actually Roth’s first novel and she does a superb job of building characters that you want to fight for, which is always a plus in my book. I definitely recommend this novel and it’s sequel Insurgent. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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