First of the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.
Written in POV of sixteen-year-old girl Beatrice Prior, in a dystopian future where everybody is part of one of five factions, each said to believe in a different reason the world is so corrupted, and they try to fix that problem. The factions are:
- Candor: Here they believe dishonesty is the main problem, and are all supposed to never tell a lie. Faction Colors: Black and White
- Amity: They believe unkindness corrupted the world, and are all very kind. Faction Colors: Red and Yellow.
- Eritude: Here they believe that knowledge is the most important thing. Faction Color: Blue.
- Dauntless: They believe weakness is the main problem, so they train to be strong. Faction Color: Black.
- Abnegation: Here they believe in selflessness being the best quality. Faction Color: Gray.
Beatrice is a part of Abnegation, where she has been raised to be quiet and selfless, always putting others’ needs before her own. Beatrice believes that she is not good at this, and in a week she will have her Choosing Ceremony. The Choosing Ceremony is when the sixteen-year-olds of every faction come together, and they can choose a different faction to stay in for the rest of their lives. To help them decide whether they want to change factions or not, they all have to do an aptitude test to show which factions the sixteen-year-olds have an aptitude for. Beatrice is terrified of going for her aptitude test, and when she completes it, she gets the shock of her life:
She is DIVERGENT.
Her examiner, Tori, tells her this means she has aptitude for three factions, not one: Abnegation, Eritude and Dauntless. Tori explains that this is extremely dangerous and that she shouldn’t tell anybody. Beatrice is confused, but agrees.
Beatrice chooses her faction at the Choosing Ceremony, and her choice shocks everyone, as does her brother, Caleb’s choice- he chose Eritude.
In order to reach her new faction, Beatrice has to do things like get onto a moving train, and also jump into a really deep hole. Beatrice is the first jumper, and when asked what her name is by an instructor,
“A new place, a new name. I can be remade here.
Tris is soon settled into her new faction, with its exhausting training and tough work. She makes new friends and soon forgets the fact that she is Divergent. But when she learns that her faction leaders are looking for the Divergent and will try to kill them, she realizes how dangerous her Divergence is…
This is one of the best books I have read. It’s amazing, and I read it cover to cover in an hour! It’s good for ages 11-14. The only problem I have with it is the beginning is slightly slow, and the ending is a bit predictable. But otherwise, it’s awesome!!
Next in the trilogy: Insurgent
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