Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very interesting story, this one. I enjoy a good dystopian future and this book has a plot unlike any I have read so far – not that I am an expert or anything. The idea of factions based on dominant personality traits is a sort of racism in their culture which is not something you would think about as being a thing to descriminate against. I like that the idea of having a more diversive personality is not something that the faction-heads can allow. It is a different sort of control.

I enjoy following the main character Beatrice “Tris” as she chooses and becomes a young initiate of her chosen faction. The story really gives you the feeling of a faction based society in her thoughts and the words and thoughts of the other “transfer-initiates” (initiates that used to belong to a different faction than that of their chosen future).

The only thing that I would have wanted to make a little more clear is the dangers of having a so-called Divergent personality. It is alluded to being a dangerous thing but without much tell until over half of the story has passed.

I don’t really care for the relationship aspect of the story; it is fine but its a little generic. I knew instantly that there would be a romance between the two based on their first meeting. And it was a little unsurprising that they made him divergent as well.

I was a little annoyed that her mom was also divergent (I understand that her boyfriend or someone else near her like her mother being divergent brings more interest, but both?); that didn’t seem necessary and lessened the uncommonness of the idea.

I will read book 2 and look forward to finding out what happens now that so much in their society has been uprooted and forced to change whether for better or worse is yet to be seen.

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