Divergent tells the story of sixteen year old Beatrice Prior and is set in post-apocalyptic Chicago. In this futuristic world, members of society live in one of five factions: Abnegation, the selfless, Amity, the peaceful, Erudite, the knowledgeable, Candor, the honest, and Dauntless, the fearless. The leaders believe that everyone belongs somewhere, and those who know where they belong are the ones who thrive in life. Every year, all the sixteen year old inhabitants gather together, and take an aptitude test that will tell them which faction they should belong to. When Beatrice takes her test, here results are inconclusive and she is told no one can know about her Divergence. After picking Dauntless on Choosing Day, she meets a boy named Four, whom she soon learns is Divergent like her. For reasons unknown to her, Beatrice threatens the system of government, and she must keep her unique trait hidden, or else she can cause a world of pain to herself and those around her.
This book is one of my all-time favorites. The characters each have distinct characteristics that play a role throughout the novel. I was intrigued page after page because of Roth’s descriptive wording. This was one of few books I have ever read with such an original plot line. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would definitely read it again.
The most memorable thing about this book is how Beatrice and Four have such a strong bond throughout the story, and support each other throughout the struggles they experience in Dauntless.
Review by Raghda, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library