Review by Lucy Norton
Divergent, a dystopian novel by Veronica Roth, follows the story of Beatrice Prior, also known as Tris, a girl whose world is divided into five factions: Abnegation, which values selflessness, Candor, which values honesty, Erudite, which values intelligence, Amity, which values peace, and Dauntless, which values bravery. At the age of sixteen, she and her classmates are faced with the decision of which faction to join. She will be confined to one way of life from the day she makes her choice. If she doesn’t choose Abnegation, the faction she was born into, she will be forced to leave her parents and establish a new life without her family. But when Beatrice’s aptitude test reveals a secret that threatens her life, her decision becomes more difficult than ever. If she doesn’t succeed in her chosen faction, she will become Factionless: without friends and without anything to live by. After she makes her choice, she still has to survive initiation, which holds challenges and pain she hadn’t imagined possible. As she competes against her fellow initiates and struggles to overcome her weaknesses, she uncovers secrets about her identity that leave her with an advantage, but the discovery of those secrets could kill her. Carefully observing the world around her, Tris realizes that the true motives of the factions are not as innocent as they seem, and finds herself in the middle of a war between them. She fights alongside her family and friends, but her community is in chaos and it is impossible to know who is trustworthy and who is not. This fast-paced novel promotes friendship, courage, and persistence. I loved Divergent because the character development is realistic and it is well-written. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys action-packed dystopian books with a bit of romance.