Book Review: Divergent

Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Book Format: Kindle
Published: May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 487


Divergent, by Veronica Roth has been touted as the next Hunger Games. There certainly are a lot of similarities between the Divergent series and the Hunger Games trilogy.

The book follows a young, fairly scrawny girl named Beatrice, whose family is part of the Abnegation faction. The country has been divided into five factions. There is the Abnegation, the Candor, the Amity, the Erudite, and the Dauntless. Everyone at the age of sixteen is to choose their faction. Most choose to remain in the faction in which they were born, but some, Beatrice included, choose to switch factions. This takes us to the action packed world of the Dauntless.

The Dauntless believe fear is the root of all evil in the world, thus they believe by overcoming their fear, the world would be a less violent place. The initiation the recruits must face are dangerous and quite honestly a little hard to believe, though exciting if it actually were to happen in real life.

Beatrice, who goes by Tris as a Dauntless, has learned that her personality or aptitude test has shown she is none of the five factions, but is in fact a Divergent. Something she is told to keep a secret and finds is dangerous to be.

Book one in the Divergent series turned out to be a great story, though I wouldn’t rate it higher than The Hunger Games. The beginning of the book felt a little elementary to me. The concept of five factions literally forming the way they do in real life seems unbelievable, whereas I could believe the world of Panem in The Hunger Games much more. Either way, it was a good book and I can’t wait to start the next book.

One thought on “Book Review: Divergent

  1. Well said. I liked the message of while no one can be truely fearless, learning to live with that fear and trying to overcome it is important. But I think I found The Hunger Games to be a bit more action packed. And I agree that the districts are a little more believable than the factions…how many people have ONE characteristic that is strongest? I feel like there should have been a lot more Divergent people.

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