Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Divergent - Veronica Roth

I was told about this book, by one of my mates. She said if you loved The Hunger Games you'd love this one. And she was right!

I've read some recent reviews that compares the two, and while they are both futuristic dystopias, Divergent is unique in it's own right.

In Divergent, Chicago is now split into 5 factions;Candor (the honest), Abnegation (selfishness), Dauntless (daring), Erudite (knowledgeable) and Amity (peaceful). Beatrice grew up in the Abnegation faction, and has found it a struggle. She doesn't know if this is where she belongs.

At the age of 16, all students take an aptitude test to show what faction their character relates to. The following day, is the choosing ceremony, where you can choose to remain with your faction, or leave it and join another. Leaving your faction also means leaving your family. After all it's "faction before blood".

Beatrice's test are inconclusive. Something that is viewed as dangerous and she must not share it with others. At the choosing ceremony, she chooses to leave her family and join the Dauntless. Once there, it's a 30 day intensive initiation program, intent on weeding out the weak.
Like Katniss, Tris (she changes her name) knows she needs to fight to stay alive. She questions authority, and wonders why things are the way they are.

The only thing that I truly disliked about this book, is I have to wait a year for the next installment to be released!