Roth, Veronica. Divergent. Katherine Tegen Books. 2011. ISBN 0062024027
Reader’s Annotation: Upon her 16th birthday Beatrice Prior must choose among five factions that will identify her and how she will live the rest of her life. What little know is Beatrice is a divergent, an anomaly that doesn’t fit neatly into one faction.
Plot Summary: In the future Chicago has been divided into 5 factions, each of which is dedicated towards a particular virtue such as Candor the honest, Abengation the selfless, Dauntless the brave, Amity the peaceful and Erudite the intelligent. Upon their 16th birthday each teen must choose what faction they will dedicate themselves to. They are given a test that helps determine which faction they are most likely to belong to but Beatrice finds that she doesn’t fit into just one faction. She chooses to leave her current faction, Abnegation, to join the Dauntless. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a conflict amongst the factions that make up this supposedly perfect society.
I’ve heard this book as touted as the next Hunger Games and while the story line is very different it is equally addictive. Beatrice, who takes on the nickname Tris when she joins Dauntless, was actually an irritating character in the beginning. She’s weak and pretty heartless especially for someone who grew up in the bosom of the Abnegation faction. She does grow on you as her character begins to mature and she figures out who she wants to be. The character that endeared himself to me was her drill sergeant, Four. He has a heart of gold but he hides it behind his tough exterior.
The world building is wonderfully done and the supporting characters are just as enjoyable as the main characters. A couple especially refreshing aspects in this book is it doesn’t include the ever popular love triangles that are prevalent in young adult books these days and secondly the romance isn’t the dominant part of the story.
For those looking for a book to feel that hole in their reading heart now that The Hunger Games is complete should check this book out.
About the author
Veronica Roth was just 23 years old when she Divergent was published. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University. The sequel to Divergent, Insurgent, came out in 2012 and the last book in the trilogy is due out in 2013.
Book talking idea
What faction would you choose?
Grades 9 and up.
Why did I include this book?
With The Hunger Games being so popular and many looking for similar reads this seemed like the ideal book to include here.