So I just finished reading Divergent, which has been on my “must read” list for a while and we’ve just got to talk about it. I really, really liked this book. Good characters, fascinating plot, page-turner–all that good stuff. The author, Veronica Roth, has a great blog for writers and readers. Definitely check it out.
So here’s the skinny on this book: there are five factions that people are divided into when they reach a certain age. The factions represent virtues: Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Erudite (intelligent), and Dauntless (courage). When teens turn sixteen, they have to choose one faction that they will devote the rest of their lives to. Obviously, it’s a big decision. So we meet Beatrice (Tris), who’s been raised by her Abnegation parents and has had to live a life of selflessness (that hasn’t been all that easy for her to do). But when it’s time to make her choice, she chooses Dauntless. But before she can choose Dauntless, she takes a test that reveals something important about her: She’s a Divergent, someone whose test results show an equal aptitude for Dauntless, Erudite, and Abnegation. But this is apparently dangerous, so Beatrice is never supposed to tell anyone this truth about herself. Moving on.
So the initiation process for becoming a Dauntless member is brutal. I do mean brutal. There’s a really interesting instructor named Four (and by interesting I mean brave, cool, mysterious, attractive–you get the idea). 🙂 There’s lots of drama among the initiates, there’s an underlying sense that something big is going on among the factions, there’s romance–and most importantly, there is just so much creativity in this book. So, for all you dystopian readers out there–as my daughter would say, “Take a look.”