At the age of 16, one chooses to dedicate their life to one of five traits: bravery (Dauntess), selflessness (Abnegation), intelligence (Erudite), truth (Candor), or kindness (Amity). The day before they choose, every child undergoes an aptitude test in which they face a simulated reality which will tell them which trait they’re best suited for. Unfortunately for Beatrice Prior, the main protagonist in the story, she doesn’t get one trait. She gets three; there is no one faction she’s best suited for. This makes her Divergent which is considered dangerous in her society.
Instantly when reading this book, I drew many similarities to The Hunger Games since they’re targeted towards the same audience. The plot is fantastic and beautifully written. I was most pleased with this book because of its ambiguity. Before I decided to pick up the book, I thought it was going to be really preachy and lecture me about how each and every trait is important but it didn’t do that. Another thing that makes the book really special is the brutality in it. Main characters in this book die, this book is not for faint of heart.
Characters in the story are good for the most part although I found the character Four to be a bit cliché. The main character Beatrice is strong but flawed at the same time. The reader won’t necessarily agree with all of her decisions, but she is proactive and often takes matters into her own hands. This also allows us to be able to emphasize with her. One of the biggest problems in fiction books is how they portray women as weak and helpless so it was refreshing to see that Beatrice was the exact opposite.
One of the problems I had with the book was the government. I don’t quite understand how the government is supposed to create unity and peace of people are not only separated from their family but segregated into different factions. Also the idea that people will follow a specific trait is a bit implausible. However, this doesn’t necessarily take away from the book. I’m mostly just nitpicking. Also my answers were answered in Allegiant.
I really did enjoy the book. The plot is fantastic and the narrations given by Beatrice are really well done as well. They truly reflect the thoughts that a 16 year old girl would have in this world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of YA or dystopian novels.
So what did you think? Did you like Divergent? What faction would you have picked? I know I definitely would’ve been Erudite. Let me know what you think!