Monday, April 30, 2012

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

What would you do if you had to choose between your family and your true self?  This what Beatrice had to do in Divergent, by Veronica Roth.  Divergent is set in a future society where everyone is divided into five factions:  Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).  Each faction has specific duties within the society, but tensions have been running high between Abnegation, who has a lot of political power, and Erudite, who wants more political power and believes the Abnegation faction is abusing their powers.

When individuals turn 16 in this society, they are allowed to choose which faction they want to go into, but if they choose a different faction than where they grew up, they are turning their backs on their families and may never see them again.  Before they choose, they are evaluated to see which faction would fit them best.  However, when Beatrice is evaluated, she is considered to be "divergent"--not fitting in just one faction, but a possible fit for multiple factions, which is an unacceptable and dangerous thing to be in this society. 

How will Beatrice choose?  How will being divergent affect her choice and her future...and the future of her society? 

Divergent is reminiscent of The Hunger Games with a strong female main character in a dystopian society, and plenty of action and adventure, along with a bit of romance.  If you are looking for a read-alike for The Hunger Games, check out Divergent, by Veronica Roth.