Divergent by Veronica Roth ~Goodreads~
Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books 2012
Paperback 496 pages ~Book Depository~
Set in a future image of Chicago where a 16 year old girl called Beatrice is living in a world where society is split up into five factions where each of them are dedicated tot he cultivation of a set virtue. One day every year, all sixteen year old’s have the burden of selecting one of these factions to which they will devote the rest of their lives to. Beatrice makes a decision that surprises herself and her family.
Renaming herself as Tris and with her fellow initiates, have to undergo physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations with devastating consequences that determine whether they are cut out for their chosen faction. If they are not, they are cast aside and become factionless.
Tris has the struggle of determining who her real friends are and an unexpected romance blossoms between herself and a initiate trainer named Four who holds a secret, like him Tris also is hiding something from everyone around her. She has been warned several times that revealing this secret could cost her her life…
Okay so I confess that when I began to read this book I couldn’t help but compare it to the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. However, it takes a whole new direction to what I was expecting.
Tris to begin with is portrayed as a timid girl who has lived a sheltered life and followed in her older brother Caleb’s footsteps. It is only at the Choosing Ceremony where you see that Tris becomes this brave, young girl who has to make the decision of her life. Her character evolves very quickly and she proves to those who perceive her as this little shy girl during the initiation tasks in her new faction, that she even surprises herself of what she is capable of.
Tris’ romantic interest Four, who I find most mysterious, and very much a sexy kind of teacher figure- I approve!
Overall, I found that the book captured my imagination and gave me insight into what possible futures could eventually occur in centuries to come- like any dystopia genre book does. It gives the reader a great sense of mystery and suspense, there is never a dull moment. Well, other than when you realise you’ve come to the end of the book..roll on Insurgent!