When I went to the theater to watch “Catching Fire,” all of the previews except the one for “Divergent” seemed uninteresting.
I learned the movie was actually adapted from a book of the same name so I decided to read it before the movie comes out in March.
I went to the bookstore to purchase the book and I learned that “Divergent,” by Veronica Roth, is the first book of a Trilogy.
The second and third books are called “Insurgent” and “Allegiant.” I plan to read the other two but I have only finished “Divergent.”
“Divergent” is set in a futuristic world where all humans are divided into five groups, or factions, which are: Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity and Candor. The factions define who you are as a person and people are expected to be extremely loyal to these factions.
When kids reach the age of 16, they are given a test to help them decided which faction they should join.
The main character, Beatrice (Tris for short) takes a test and she gets inconclusive results. Tris was born an Abnegation, who are described as selfless, but she decides to betray her family and join the Dauntless, who are described as a brave faction.
Although Tris initially struggles to fit in, she soon rises to the top because she appears to be fearless.
She faces many trials while trying to prove to the Dauntless leader that she belongs in the faction. She also fights many internal battles, which causes her to question which faction she is most like.
Tris eventually forms a unique bond with one of the Dauntless leaders whose name is Four. They become very close throughout the book.
The Dauntless and the Abnegation start a war with each other. Tris, her family and Four escape, and are determined to stop the war.
The trilogy reminds me of the “Hunger Games” trilogy, which I loved.
“Divergent” is a bit lengthy but I finished the book quickly because I could not put it down.
I strongly recommend “Divergent” to students in general — especially those who like the “Hunger Games.”
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