‘Divergent‘ by Veronica Roth
HarperCollins Children’s Books | 2011 | 486p.
Found on the YA shelves at YA ROTH
Plot Summary : Divergent is another book I have read recently that is set in a dystopian society. The society in which our central heroine lives in is a large city that has been walled off from the “Outside”.
Centuries ago the city was divided into five factions: Abnegation – The selfless, Amity – The peaceful, Candor – The honest, Erudite – The intelligent and Dauntless – The brave.
These factions each contribute in their own way to help continue to keep the city functioning and efficient. For several millennia these factions have each lived by some very strict rules and traditions, because they fear the violence and mayhem that disorder could bring.
This is the society our main character, Beatrice Prior, lives in. Beatrice was born into Abnegation and has spent her life so far caring for other people – Catching a later bus so other people can take a seat, taking the stairs to let other people take the almost full elevator and giving food to the factionless.
Once every year the city has a “choosing ceremony” where every sixteen-year-old must choose a faction — choosing a faction other than the one you were born into is the worst kind of betrayal, but when choosing day comes, will Beatrice make the first selfless decision she’s ever made? Or will she stay trapped in a place she knows she doesn’t belong?
Review : Divergent is the first book in ‘The Divergent trilogy’. A brilliant story line that had me sitting on the edge of my seat. The story does seem to plateau in the middle but I promise that if you persevere it’s worth it. I strongly suggest you read it before going to see the movie. Happy reading! (or not… I needed a box of tissues for the last book!)
Reviewed by : Rebekah