Friday, July 18, 2014
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: dystopian, YA fiction, books to movies
I finally decided to jump on the Divergent bandwagon and see what all the fuss was about...
Divergent is set in dystopian Chicago- the city is divided into five factions based on personality types, in the belief that personality conflicts, not race, religion or politics, is the root of evil and corruption: Amity (friendliness), Erudite (intellectuals), Candor (always honest), Abegnation (selfless), and Dauntless (brave). But like all human labels and categories, there is friction and tension between the factions.
Beatrice Prior has lived in the Abegnation faction her whole life but has never felt like she belonged. Unfortunately, she has never been able to talk to anyone about her feelings since the Abegnation are so selfless, they never talk about themselves. Ever. When she turns 16, Beatrice undergoes an aptitude test that will determine in which faction she will spend the remainder of her life. Her aptitude test goes awry and Beatrice finds out that she is a Divergent. She is told this classification is dangerous but not why. At the Choosing ceremony, Beatrice must decide whether she will stay with what is familiar (and chance being unhappy) or if she will choose a new faction (and a new family). Beatrice's choices will uncover family secrets and she'll learn that selflessness and strength come in many forms.