Future city divided by personalities

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 May, 2012, 12:00am


Veronica Roth
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN 9780062024022

Divergent is a book set in a future version of Chicago. Like other currently popular books such as The Hunger Games series, Divergent takes place in an abnormal world very different from our own. It will captivate the reader who likes to imagine what the world could be like in the future.

Beatrice, the main character in Divergent, lives in a city made up of rival groups.

The factions represent the brave, the intelligent, the honest, the kind and the selfless, and these groups live within their own boundaries. When Beatrice turned 16, she chose to join the Dauntless, realising her home faction of Abnegation required her to be selfless, which she was not.

Readers follow Beatrice, now renamed Tris to fit into her new faction, through the trials of being a new member of Dauntless. We soon realise that there is more turmoil behind the scenes than we see at first.

When the rebellion begins, the characters display their best and worst natures: deception, cheating, determination, dignity and daring are shown over and over again throughout the story.

While the plot of Divergent is quite complicated, the style of writing is understandable yet mature enough for both teenagers and young adults. The concept is unique as well, especially the choice of factions through personalities.

One thing that I believe the story should have had is more emotion. The characters seem to lack feeling in their actions - but this may be part of the plan.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, and others will, too.