Blurring The Lines: Divergent

Book Jacket for: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth has quickly become one of the more sought after titles with the movie having been released to theatres in March. It wasn’t until I heard about the movie that I’d really heard anything about the books at all, but they sounded interesting to start with from what I’d heard, which wasn’t much. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. “this book” meaning I haven’t read Insurgent or Allegiant yet. I’m not huge on futuristic style or teens fighting for survival books, but this was captivating.

In a dystopian future Chicago is divided into five factions or groups, each based on a different virtue. Candor (honest), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Amity (peaceful), and Erudite (intelligent). Tris, who has grown up in Abnegation, doesn’t quite feel like she belongs with her family and has to make a decision. One decision can change you forever. Families have been torn apart because children have switched factions.

At 16-years old the teens must decide in what faction they want to live the rest of their lives. There is one day of the year set aside for this that involves a large ceremony. A day or so prior to the ceremony the teens are given a type of evaluation to help them decide what faction they might best fit in with.

After completing her “evaluation”, Tris finds out that she is something dangerous. She is Divergent. She doesn’t fit perfectly well in any one faction and political leaders find anyone as Divergent to be a threat. The characters are well written in this story and I think we all can think of someone who would be Eric or even Four.

I highly recommend this book. A little slow in the beginning but it holds your attention and by the end I was laughing every other page if not every page. The humor underneath the life-threatening action is fantastic! I think this is a great addition to dystopian literature that teens and adults alike will get a thrill out of. I know I did!

About Heather

I often go by Razor as my nickname based on my maiden name. I work at a library and also write. I write anything from novels to poetry and I live for the written word.
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