Book Review: Divergent, by Veronica Roth

divergent_coverThe thrilling novel Divergent by Veronica Roth is both spectacular and engrossing and I found it almost impossible to put down.

I chose to read it for my literature circle in my English class, and nobody in my group could stick to the assigned reading because we all kept reading ahead! The story starts off slowly, letting the reader understand the futuristic “utopian” society in which the setting takes place. In the book, the government has sectioned off its citizens into five factions that are best fitting to the individual’s personality and traits. There are the Dauntless, who are the brave, Abnegation, who are the selfless, Candor, for honesty, Amity, for peace and kindness, and last but not least there’s Erudite, who are the most intelligent in the society. The main character of the book is Beatrice Prior, who is originally Abnegation but is struck with the life-changing decision of staying with her family in a faction where she feels an outsider, or going with her heart and never seeing her family again.

Through government secrets and sparks of rebellion, Divergent is a perfect fit for anyone who is a fan of The Hunger Games or the Mortal Instruments series.

-Sara S., 10th grade

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