Veronica Roth’s Divergent is set in dystopian Chicago. It is where the city is divided into five factions, Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice Prior, is about to choose a faction that she will devote herself to for the rest of her life. Will she stay with her family in the Abnegation Faction and help those less fortunate, or will she venture off into another faction? If she doesn’t choose one she will be swept aside to a sixth group called the “faction-less.” On the day of, she makes a decision that surprises even her. As she makes her way through the initiation phase of her chosen faction, she must figure out what she is doing, whom her friends are, and who she is. Hiding a secret can be hard when it shows up in every decision you make.
I am a fan of Roth’s writing. It was well paced and the characters are strong and real. You will find yourself rooting for the main character, Tris, to succeed. Tris, Four, and many other characters are very interesting to watch and see what they do, but it is also very realistic reactions to their situations. I will say this about Tris, I feel that some of her decisions were ill thought out, but it made for very real situations in this fictional world.
The story line flows very well and even the scenes that are setting up for another part of the story don’t seem forced. I will say that the plot line was a bit predictable, but it makes up in its pacing and its well-written tension.
I know that Divergent is one of those stories that people either love or hate, tell me what you think in the comments below.