By: Veronica Roth
Do you hate the little cliques in your school? If you don’t fit in one, than you don’t belong in society what-so-ever. Well, the book Divergent takes how people fit in with each other to a whole new level.
The book’s setting is in the future, in Chicago. In some parts of the city it is falling apart and some parts it is nice and new and almost all glass. In this book, the big thing is the different groups or factions of people: Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), and Dauntless (the brave). Imagine you didn’t fit in with any of them? Would you survive? That is what the protagonist Beatris is dealing with. This is called Divergent.
Beatris is getting ready for school like normal as an Abnegation member, but today is different from the normal days. Today, Beatris is taking a test to find out what faction she fits best in or, she can stay in her original faction with her mom and dad like how everyone else does. As she takes the test, she has many different simulations to test her decisions in different things. To me “Tris” is different from the start, but the test confirms that by being inconclusive. Tris is split between Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. Now she has to choose which one she wants, and then her choice will decide how she will look, act, and who she will socialize with.
In the end she chooses Dauntless, some place that people will never suspect that she was divergent. This is her new life and how she will act, or so she thought. In the Dauntless factor they go through initiation, and only 10 people go through to be a part of their society , and if you don’t pass you will be homeless for life. During the initiation, she will meet new friends like Will, Al, and Charlet. She will also encounter some enemies like Molly and Peter who will try to make her time there as horrible as possible.
Everything there is all training to see if you fit in and it will also rank your job. Some of the things that you would do if you were in her place would be shoot guns, jump from an elevated train, and they will beat each other up to see you individual rank among everyone else. Some other things would be they will put you in different simulations like the aptitude test but she can change the simulation because she know it’s not real. Will anyone find out her secret or will she be factionless forever?
This book is the best that I have ever read and this is definitely for people ages 13-19 or if you are older and tired of those romance novels this is quite a change, and a well written one too! Veronica Roth really has a way with writing. When the parts of the book get really stiff and silent Veronica makes the air feel so thick you couldn’t cut it with the sharpest knife.
This is a futuristic and divided world, that is hard to fit in with, but this book is amazing for all types of people, even if you might be divergent.