Divergent is a fast paced, Dystopian novel that follows the life of Tris Prior. Tris grew up in a world split into five different factions. Each faction has its own personal attribute that the members of that faction must follow. The Erudite value knowledge, the Candor value honesty, the Amity value peace, the Abnegation value selflessness and the Dauntless value bravery. Tris however is special. She finds out that she does not fit into one individual faction, she is different. She must hide what she is from everyone she cares about, or risk being killed. She is Divergent. She is seen as dangerous.
Veronica Roth does an amazing job at keeping the story moving. It is always interesting, there are always new, exciting things happening and you just cant put it down.
Tris is also a character you find it easy to relate to. Not only is the story interesting, it also teaches many great lessons.
From reading this book, you can learn that your life is completely your own. You learn that it is up to you to choose who you are, and who you want to be, regardless of what anyone else wants. It teaches you that it’s okay to be scared sometimes, and it’s okay to feel pain. It teaches you that you’re allowed to want to be more than what’s expected from you.
I think the most important lesson is that you have to move on. In the last few pages of a book, something tragic happens, and Tris lets herself breakdown for 5 seconds. 5 seconds of weakness. After those five seconds she gets back up and moves on. I think it’s important to let yourself have those moments of weakness, but its even more important that you remember to get up and move on.
That’s what I found myself doing at the end of this series, having a few minutes of weakness to process everything that happened throughout the trilogy, and then getting up and moving on. Overall its a great beginning to a great trilogy and I can’t wait to see what Veronica Roth comes out with next.
So what faction do you think you’d be a part of? Brave like the Dauntless, intelligent like the Erudite, peaceful like the Amity, honest like the Candor, or selfless like the Abnegation? Or do you think you’re different, like Tris, do you think you have what it takes to be Divergent?