Divergent


Divergent by Veronica Roth was beyond amazing. I’ve heard that many have compared Divergent to The Hunger Games and loosely that does apply in a whole futuristic dystopian world separated into factions that result in death and mind warping by the government kind of way. Apart from that to me, Divergent was a merge between Stephanie Meyer’s The Host and a Russian book called We (which is sort of like Plato’s Allegory of the Cave set in a futuristic world, check it out).

Anyways here it goes: Divergent is about a girl named Beatrice who lives in a society separated into factions based on different personality traits, like Amnity, Dauntless, Erudite, etc. Beatrice, later known as Triss, never feels like she belongs in her group and when she comes of age, like the rest of the youth in the book, she is tested through a virtual simulation that narrows down her character traits. Typically from these simulations, a clear preference for one of the factions is revealed and the youth would then go to the choosing ceremony, cut their palm and drop their blood on the symbol of whichever faction they wanted to be in for the rest of their life. During the simulation, something nearly unheard of happens and a clear path is not revealed for Beatrice, this is known as divergent. Some time passes, Beatrice is warned to tell no one of her results because she will be killed by the government and she moves on to one of the factions where she goes through initiation, falls in love and saves the world (in simple terms).

If you like kid on kid carnage, wars within factions, advanced technology and manipulation, love, and a strong protagonist, then you will love this series!!!! I know I did!

-JW

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