Divergent Lives Up To Its Name
February 4, 2014
The novel, Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, describes a futuristic society that is separated into five factions (Amity, Candor, Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation): each embodies a characteristic that has the potential to solve war.
Divergent is easily comparable to The Hunger Games, with a commanding plot and emphasis on the flaws of government. Though both share similar ideals, the story lines are distinct, so readers who disliked The Hunger Games should not be discouraged.
The protagonist, Beatrice (nick-named Tris), was raised in Abnegation. After taking an aptitude test, a conventional rite-of-passage for adolescents of the society, her results are classified as ‘Divergent’, meaning that she has an equal aptitude for Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless, which is almost unheard of in her society and is considered extremely dangerous.
This book is a must-read for those that love science fiction. It is well written, with the exception of a few cheesy lines here and there, that fortunately do not hinder the captivating storyline. Divergent will keep any reader up to 4 a.m. in the morning due to the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter that will persuade you to, “read only ONE more chapter” (but in actuality you end up reading about 10 more).
The dilemma at hand is complex, adding depth to the already-riveting storyline. Suspense is around every corner, and the romantic tension between Beatrice and crush, Four, during Beatrice’s initiation of the faction makes the reader wish for a successful love story, despite the obstacles presented by the developing war.
Fortunately, the book is about so much more than a love story between the two main characters Beatrice and Four; it is about a world where war is a pressing reality, due to the strict social stratification and lack of acceptance of individual expression. Packed with both love and action, narrated by the witty Beatrice Prior, Divergent is a great read for a wide range of people.