Divergent by Veronica Roth
(Katherine Tegen Books, 2012, 487 pages)
Divergent is the second book to be discussed in SCC’s Between the Covers book club I’d been eager to see what all the fuss was about. People have been talking about the Divergent series for a while since the Divergent film just came out in theaters (AND the book club is going to see it on Wednesday night!) and the trilogy was only just finished this past October with the release of the final book, Allegiant.
Set in a desolate future version of the United States Beatrice (Tris) is about to turn 16 and with this entry into adulthood she is going to choose the faction she will join. There are five factions you can be a part of: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Each faction places emphasis on certain characteristics that they feel are most important in keeping the peace and maintaining a stable society. Beatrice was born into the Abnegation faction were the focus is on selflessness. She has always struggled with this quality and is scared and curious to see what faction will be recommended for her. At 16 each individual is given an assessment to see which of the 5 factions will be the best fit. Beatrice, however, breaks the mold when it is revealed that she is “Divergent,” meaning she doesn’t neatly fit into any one category.
The choice Beatrice makes isn’t an easy one and she has to undergo a rigorous training process to ensure that she will truly be accepted into the faction she selected. Beatrice also has to keep her “Divergent” status a secret. No one will explain why, it is just made very clear that being Divergent is somehow a dangerous thing to be. As Beatrice grows and changes to fit into her new faction the tension that has slowly been building between a few of the factions starts to come to a head. Beatrice is going to have to fight to save her family and herself, but what she’s up against is formidable.
This book took me a little bit to get into, but once I did I sped through it. The book has a similar premise and vibe to The Hunger Games which I enjoyed more, but I see the appeal of Roth’s series. I’m curious to see where things go but I’m also a little nervous since I heard a lot of people were surprised at the direction Roth went in the final book. I can’t wait to see how the book comes across as a film!
You can also check out Sadie’s review of the book 🙂