After about a week of reading an extremely dull and boring book (blah summer reading), I was eager to pick up something a little easier and more enjoyable to read. I’ve been wanting to read Divergent for awhile, and when I saw it on the bookshelf of my friend’s house the other day, I decided to finally give it a try.
Divergent is yet another dystopian young-adult novel, set in Chicago, Illinois. At this time, society is divided into five different factions based on personality: Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), and Abnegation (the selfless). Our main character, Beatrice (Tris) Prior belongs to Abnegation. On one day each year, every sixteen year-old takes an aptitude test to show which faction they are more suited to. When Tris’ results are inconclusive, she must decide whether to stay with her family or stay true to herself.
I really admired Tris. I thought she was a really great, relatable character. Despite her love for her family, she always struggles to stay true to who she really is, something I think everyone can relate to. She was strong, brave, smart, selfless… I think she could have been part of any faction. I also loved Four. I loved how mysterious he was and really enjoyed how Tris played off of his actions. To be honest, I loved everyone, even the villains. Of course they were evil, but they all had a lot of depth to their character.
As for the plot, I was a little on the fence. Overall, its a really interesting storyline. But I don’t think it was carried out as well as it could have been. I just wanted more the entire time. How did the factions get started? Are we going to learn more about others, like Candor or Amity? How did Janine evolve into such a ruthless person? I also thought the whole political attack on Abnegation was completely out of the blue and not very well touched upon. That part of the story was just scattered around the novel and when it really came up as a major part of the book, I was confused and a little thrown off. However, I did enjoy the fast-paced nature of the end. I just wished that it had taken off a little bit earlier.
All in all, Divergent was really entertaining. I’m probably going to read Insurgent within the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, it will answer some of my burning questions!