Book Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins (2011)
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
Stars: 3 Stars
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
DYSTOPIA: an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives.
Ever since Hunger Games blew up, dystopic stories are a top seller. I know this book series is popular, and a movie is being made – so I finally gave it a read. I did like it, but not as much as Hunger Games. The characters are typical, small average girl becoming brave and finding a love interest – it is the premise of the dystopia that makes this series interesting. The world has been divided into factions depending on values to prevent war, but how long can humans live that way before they revert back to the old ways?
Book 2 is out with Book 3 on the way.
Recommended similar reading: City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins