Divergent by Veronica Roth
First Book in Series
Published: 2011 by Harper Collins
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Beatrice Prior (Tris) is living in a dystopian society that has been broken into different factions. Each faction has its own personality trait: bravery, kindness, intelligence, selflessness, and honesty.
At the age of sixteen, it’s up to Tris to decide which faction she wants to belong in and whether to leave her family. With conflict is rising within the factions, Tris faces terrifying situations and difficult decisions that will test her, and change the rest of her life.
I am so glad that I finally picked up this book because I loved it. I never really had an idea of what to expect from Divergent, the blurb on the back of the book was a little vague so it was all a bit of mystery to start with. I’d heard of Divergent through the movie franchise and knew there was a book series so I’ve always avoided watching them until I’ve read the books first.
The book gripped me from the start and kept me turning the pages. It’s in first person from Tris’ point of view, so you’re really emerged in her world and get to see through her eyes what she’s feeling. She is faced with numerous challenges, both emotional and physical, and you really feel like you get to know her as she’s chucked through all these life changing events.
The characters were complex with interesting back stories and you slowly get to know them, learning easter eggs of information as the story progresses. There’s a twist around every corner, and the great thing is that they aren’t predictable. You’re left wondering what is Tris going to have to face next?
“I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them.”Tris, Divergent by Veronica Roth
I really loved the plot and the dystopian setting. I have read and watched numerous dystopian stories, but this felt fresh and new, and incredibly detailed.
Each faction has its own pros and cons, and for every good thing there seems to be some sort of sacrifice. Like the faction, Abnegation, it’s morals is based on selflessness and helping others, but the faction take this to the extreme by only choosing others before themselves.
Veronica Roth fully immerses the reader in this broken dystopian world, and throughout, you are left to constantly question your own morals and where you would fit if you had to choose a faction.
If you’re looking to delve into a story and be taken away on a dystopian adventure, I completely recommend Divergent. It was a majorly strong start to a series and I loved it so much I’ve jumped straight into the next book, Insurgence!