Divergent is the first book in yet another YA distopian trilogy in which a teenaged girl is responsible for saving the world. But it’s not just another Hunger Games knock-off, and stands as an interesting book in its own right. Set in a future Chicago, every member of society belongs to one of five factions, each representing a different emphasis on how to live life. Children are tested and inducted at age sixteen at which point. Leaving your faction means leaving your family, and if you cannot complete induction, you end up “factionless” at the bottom of society. The city is restless now, with some factions stirring up trouble against each other. Society depends on everyone’s cooperation, what will happen if it all collapses?
Beatrice is a member of “Abnegation” a faction that practices extreme selflessness; however, she’s not a very good member and constantly struggles to live up to the faction’s ideals. It’s time for her age group to be tested, and she’s worried about the choice she’ll have to make. And then her tests come back inconclusive, which marks her as a “Divergent” — something she is told to hide and tell no one. Since the test can’t tell her what faction she belongs in, she still has to choose. And her choices will have consequences far beyond anything she could every have imagined.
A fun read with no love triangle (thank goodness!). The faction-society is interesting and provides good insights on human behaviors and motivations.
Review by Jennifer Stewart, Library Assistant, Corsicana Campus