Divergent: A Book Review

By: Bridget Connell –

Written by Veronica Roth, Divergent is a book following the journey of Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she leaves her old life behind for the excitement of another.

When we first meet Tris, she is preparing for the Aptitude Test that will decide her future. Little does she know that the decision that she makes at the Choosing Ceremony the next day will change the future of the life she is so familiar with. A society divided into five factions: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). After living in Abnegation for sixteen years, Tris realizes that she isn’t cut out for the completely selfless life, but she doesn’t know if she could live the rest of her life without her family.

At the last minute, Tris decides to be brave and choose Dauntless as her new faction. Some would call the Dauntless crazy, seeing as they spend their time jumping off moving trains and fighting almost to death. As initiation begins, she and her fellow initiates realize that they might just be in over their heads. Even so, Tris is prepared to show everyone that she is not just a ‘Stiff’ from Abnegation.

I enjoyed this book because I felt that the plot and characters made the story really come to life. The book was exciting and consuming, but tragic. I would recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games or other dystopian future novels. I am also highly anticipating the release of the movie in March.


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