Summary: In the future, Chicago is divided into five factions, each dedicated to a certain trait. Beatrice Prior was born to Abnegation, or the selfless. But Beatrice, like every other sixteen year old, must go through a choosing ceremony, where she gets an aptitude test, and then chooses the faction she wants to live in for the rest of her life, whether it is Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the smart), Candor (the honest), Abnegation, or Dauntless (the brave). The only problem is her test scores; they’re not normal. They tell Beatrice that she belongs to three different groups, meaning that she is a Divergent. Now, Beatrice must choose which faction she wants to belong to, and she has to find out what it means to be Divergent.
(This is the first book in the trilogy)
This is not recommended for anyone under the age of 12. It is extremely violent and shows a crueller form of man kind.
This book was recommended to me by a friend a while back. They promised me that it would be very similar to the Hunger Games, and after reading it, I know they were right. While the characters have a little more depth–well, some of them do–and Tris is definitely easier to love than Katniss, for all their flaws, I’d say that it comes pretty close.
If you liked the Hunger Games, you’ll definitely like this book. It’s not as gory, sure, but it is still very violent, and it shows a world different yet similar to ours. Roth did a very good job showing how strong a person can be, but also the fact that even very strong people can have their weaknesses, and even someone who seems to have no fears has at least one.
Tris (Beatrice) is witty and sarcastic, brave and selfless, and the perfect heroin. I could not imagine her any other way than the way she’s written. Her character, and the others, show strong people who are willing to fight for what they believe in.
However, while I was reading this book, I did get a little confused, especially with remembering which faction was which, but after about half way through the book, I got used to it. And though the beginning was a bit slow, it was enjoyable, and most of the time I had a hard time putting it down. Definitely something worth reading.