In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to decide who her friends really are. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.
Divergent is a book of the post-apocalyptic genre, somewhat similar to the Hunger Games series. After a great war, the city of Chicago is divided into factions, to maintain the peace. These factions are based on one human virtue, as the blurb says, and all the citizens must choose their faction at the age of sixteen and then become a part of it and serve it for the rest of their lives. The book is written from the POV of the main character of the story, Beatrice (Tris) Prior. Tris takes the aptitude test which determines which faction is meant for her. But the results turn out to be inconclusive. She is a Divergent! Being a Divergent is considered very dangerous. Now she has to hide in one of the factions and not let anyone find out what she really is and she can do this by staying with the family in Abnegation, or try to discover who she really is… and she chooses the latter by choosing to become a Dauntless! Divergent is a fast-paced book which sways between moments of violence and romance. At times, I felt that the violence became too much for my liking but at the same time, the romantic parts didn’t make me swoon over Four (Tobias Eaton) maybe it was because of the somewhat bland narration of Tris. Though the story is very well written and highly addictive, for me, it failed to have an emotional impact on me. For example, when some one very close to the main character is killed, you tend to feel the grief (like Fred Weasley dying), which I didn’t feel in case of Divergent. The characters of the book were very distinguishable between the “good” characters and the “bad” characters, which is somewhat boring, in my opinion. All in all, Divergent is a good book for some who loves fantasy, romance, violence, and fiction, in general!