Divergent (Divergent #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes this is another dystopian young adult novel. But it is really good, seriously good. It doesn’t contain as much of the angst often associated with this genre while still delivering on intensity. The characters are very mature and able to carry themselves as young adults so well that you forget their ages range from sixteen to twenty.

Society is divided into five factions by the traits they most highly value, Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty/truthfulness), Amity (friendliness/peace), and Dauntless (bravery). There is also a sixth unofficial faction, the Faction-less. We get a little bit of backstory about how the factions came into existence but not much other than the intent, to create a harmonious, peaceful society where everyone has a place and a purpose. However, there is a plot to manipulate the system to lead a revolution and divergents are a threat to that manipulation.

The story opens with Beatrice (Tris) preparing for the Choosing Ceremony where all of the sixteen year olds are given an aptitude test then later choose a faction to join. The first indication that all is not well is at Beatrice’s aptitude test, the results are not conclusive. This complication, of something so seemingly simple, starts a chain reaction of events and things will never the same for her no matter how hard she tries to fit into her new faction.

Veronica Roth’s story has action and conspiracies and manipulation which was completely unexpected. There are a lot of characters but none of them get lost in the crowd; some you will love, some you will hate. They all play a necessary role in the plot. Simply put, this is a story about a girl finding herself in a time when nothing is as it seems or should be.

While this book isn’t a cliff hanger in the traditional sense, it does make you want to start book two, Insurgent, as soon as possible. I can’t wait to go see the movie. I will post an add-on with a review of the movie and how it stands up to the book once I see it.

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