Saturday, January 4, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I finally got around to reading Divergent and I'm glad I did! I predicted the book would be pretty good, given the film is due for release in March 2014, and I wasn't let down.

As with most Dystopian novels, Divergent is set in the not too distant future, in a society where the usual system of democratic government has broken down. Now the city is broken-up into 5 tribes, or factions, each of which value one trait almost to the exclusion of all others. Candor values honesty, Abnegation values selflessness, Amity - peacefulness, Dauntless - bravery and Erudite - knowledge. Each faction peacefully co-exists, using their strengths to assist each other, under the leadership of Abnegation who are deemed the only option as leaders because they are sworn only to serve others.

At the age of 16, all citizens take a test to help them decide whether they stay in the faction they were born into, or transfer into a different faction more suited to their personality. Beatrice Prior, born into the Abnegation faction, undertakes this test only to find that her results are inconclusive, a very rare trait which is considered very dangerous, although no one can tell her why. She is neither Candor, Abnegation, Amity, Dauntless or Erudite. She is Divergent.

Now that Beatrice has chosen a faction, not only must she endure the grueling trials of initiation and the friends and enemies she makes, but she must hide her Divergent status from society - a task easier said than done. In addition to this, she discovers a plot to upset the balance of power in her seemingly peaceful society and only she may be in a position to help stop it….

I'm definitely looking forward to the movie. Have a look at the official website here.

Caitlin  @ Balwyn Library.

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