Book Review: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth is a unique dystopian society in which all citizens must choose a faction that they will dedicate their lives to.  There’s Candor:  the honest, Dauntless: the brave, Amity:  the peacekeepers, Erudite:  the intelligent, and Abnegation: the selfless.  Abnegation born, Tris chooses Dauntless when the time comes, leaving her family.  Once initiated into Dauntless, Tris begins to realize that people are not who they seem, while also trying to hide a part of her that could be deadly if discovered.  She is Divergent, not just fitting into one faction, but multiple factions.

I really liked this novel, a lot! Even though dystopian societes are a very common topic of writing at the moment, I think Veronica Roth added her own twist, and her ideas are original.  The characters are well- developed and I especially like the strong female character, Tris.  What’s different about her than every other heroine is that she doesn’t pretend or think she’s strong; she is.  In other books, the main female character is often seen as strong- willed, but really they’re not.  Tris makes sure everyone knows that she can take care of herself, and does not want anyone to underestimate her.  I like that Tris likes a boy, but does not lose herself or become clingy or needy in the process.

The book is written wonderfully with just the right amount of detail and explanation.  The plot is engaging and fast- paced, filled with adventure, suspense, romance, and new twists throughout!  “Divergent” instantly became one of my favorite books and I cannot wait to read the next book(s) in the series.

A lot of people are saying that “Divergent” is a rip-off of “The Hunger Games”, by Suzanne Collins.  I personally did not see any similarities in the cover, and very few in the books’ content.  Yes, they are both about Dystopian societies, but they are very different from each other.  The prescence of a love triangle and lack of are differences displayed in the books.  The idea of different factions is represented in “Divergent”, whereas districts are represented in “The Hunger Games”.  Not only is the subject material different, but the pace of the stories, the characters’ personalities, challenges, and the circumstances and settings are different.

Book review by:  Maddie

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