Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent Series
Genre: Dystopia fiction, Teen fiction
Rating: 5 stars
Beatrice Prior lives in a dystopia future Chicago in which each citizen is divided in to five fractions Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) however there is one group that is feared by other fractions the Divergent. Divergent’s are those who do not fit into other fractions. Beatrice on choosing day chooses to become Dauntless. This is because she doesn’t fill like she fits into the fraction that she was born into. Once at the Dauntless compound Beatrice meets Four who has his own secrets and changes her name to Tris.
I read Divergent because my co worker at the library where I work suggested it. She said that if I liked The Hunger Games I would like Divergent. She was right. However you cannot compare the two. They are two different types of dystopia, but each great in their own way. While Tris might be small in size her strength comes not only from being brave but more importantly from her selflessness that she does have even it she doesn’t see it. Four does. Tris cares about her friends and wants to protect them.
I enjoyed reading Divergent more that I thought I would. From the first page I was hooked. I times it felt like I was in dystopia Chicago. Even though things in the book are different the reader will still recognize important landmarks from Chicago. For mainstream teen fiction Divergent is relatively clean and a great book that I don’t mind suggesting to most teens as long as their parents approve.