Book: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Rating: 4/5

Divergent-Veronica Roth

Divergent, is an exciting novel that chronicles the adventures of a daring girl in a post-apocalyptic world. Tris, the protagonist, lives in a world where everyone is split into one of five factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Amity, and Dauntless. Each faction is a unique community made up of a group of people with common personality traits who perform a common role within the greater society. They live in a designated area and wear a distinct uniform. Tris grows up in Abnegation, the selfless faction, along with her two parents and her brother Caleb. On their last day of school they have an aptitude test which determines what faction a person belongs in. After the aptitude test, Tris was nervous because she discovered that she is divergent. Divergent means that she has traits that make her suitable for more than one faction. Divergent individuals are seen to be very dangerous because they defy the government's system. At the choosing ceremonies Tris chooses Dauntless. Dauntless are the brave. When she arrives at the Dauntless compound, she quickly learns that if she wants to make it into dauntless, she will have to come in the top ten in initiation. Initiation consists of learning to shoot guns, learning to fight, and being put in a virtual reality where you have to face your true fears. Over the course of initiation, Tris meets many new people and makes new friends, including Christina and Four. As she goes through initiation, she realizes that the Dauntless and the Erudite leadership had come up with a plan to take over the five faction. Can Tris and Four work together to save the day?

Social/Historical context:

The novel takes place in a future post-apocalyptic setting in a city that was once called Chicago. The book describes a strange society where the community is split up in five factions, or groups, each with different personality traits and uniform. Each fraction has different jobs and roles in society.

Writing Style:

The writing style is a first-person narrative. She often uses simple language to express the action and the descriptions in the story. This is a novel that is suitable for both older children and adults. I think that the target audience is 12-17.

My Thoughts:

Divergent is a thrilling, adventurous, and compelling novel. One reason I really liked this book, and I think many others would too, is because I can relate to the main character Tris. How she thinks and how she acts gives the readers an unexpected, yet refreshing personality. The plot is an ongoing journey through Tris’s fantastic adventure. I cannot wait to read the next book. Even though I really did enjoy this book, there were some chapters I felt that Tris would go on and on about description, and I felt like instead of pulling me in to the book, it made me want to stop reading. Although there was a lot of description the book was still very interesting and engaging.

Book Reviewed By Tess Leavitt

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