Divergent is the newest trend in Dystopian fiction, written by Veronica Roth. It tells about a sixteen year old girl, Beatrice Prior, and her story after she leaves her faction and family by choosing to join the Dauntless. In Beatrice's world, there are five factions; each is based on a virtue that the members hold exceedingly highly. They are: Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Candor.
Dauntless values bravery, seen as recklessness by Beatrice's home faction, Abnegation, which values selflessness. This was, of course, very upsetting to her parents; considering her brother Caleb chose to leave for Erudite. But, there's a twist: When children turn 16 in city, they take an aptitude test to see which faction they are most well suited for. The results give the one faction. Beatrice's test was inconclusive, as she had an aptitude for three factions. This means that she is Divergent.
To be Divergent is seen as a crime to the leaders of the city, so she must hide her Divergence at all costs, or she risks being murdered. I immensely enjoyed the first two books: Divergent and Insurgent. I have not yet gotten to Allegiant, but I will soon. The series is full of adventure and adrenaline, with small amounts of mystery and even some romance. I would definitely read them again, and highly suggest that anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games or who enjoys Dystopian Fiction in general should read this series. Even those who don't like Dystopias should make an exception for this one, because it is extraordinary.
And, for those who would like to read more glorious Dystopian Fictions:
- 25 Books to Try if You Loved Divergent
- 50 Books Like Divergent
- 10 Other Teen Reads You Can't Miss
- 10 Books to Read After The Hunger Games
Needless to say, no; I haven't read all of the books in those lists. But i'm going to!
-The Artistic Bibliophile