Divergent by Veronica Roth
Fans of The Hunger Games will in enjoy this debut novel by Veronica Roth, who has put her own spin on the dystopian genre by creating a future Chicago where the population is divided into factions based on five virtues—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).
Beatrice, the protagonist of Roth’s novel, is a sixteen-year-old Abnegation girl, who has been raised to put the well-being of others’ before herself. When Beatrice takes the examination to determine which faction she is best suited for, she discovers that she, unlike most of her peers, does not easily fit into just one of the factions. Ultimately, despite the examination results, she is allowed to make her own decision, but choosing anything other than Abnegation would mean abandoning her family and putting her own desires before theirs.
Throughout the course of the novel, Beatrice faces many conflicts–internal and external–that add to the novel’s suspense and character development, and while most of these conflicts are a bit far-fetched or exaggerated by “real world” standards, teens can relate to their underlying themes: becoming independent from one’s parents, first love, facing one’s fears, bullies, and making new friends.
Overall, Divergent is an interesting read for anyone who enjoys young adult fiction, romance, action, suspense, and a strong female protagonist whose bravery is born from here selflessness.
Markie – Rock Hill ISBN 978-0062024022