Friday, January 20, 2012

Divergent

Divergent is a novel that makes me jealous of the adolescents who get to grow up with this as their contemporary literature. The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins were fine, but if I came of age with Divergent and The Hunger Games, I feel like I might be the queen of a new planet by now. No pressure, kids.


In future Chicago, the society is divided into five factions designed to cultivate a specific virtue: Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (knowledge), and Amity (the peaceful). When citizens turn sixteen, they may choose to continue in the faction of their birth, or disavow their upbringing and select a new faction. Born into Abnegation, Beatrice has never felt selfless or good enough for her faction, but fears leaving everything she knows behind. She thinks that selecting a faction other than Abnegation of Choosing Day will be the most difficult thing she has to do, not knowing that it is only the beginning of her troubles.

Debut author Veronica Roth took an incredible idea and managed to provide fully realized characters and suspense. There is ample time given to character development, but it never drags or feels unnecessary. These efforts on Roth’s part draw the reader in and bind them to Beatrice and her friends. I was genuinely concerned about the characters and stayed up until 2:00am because I could not wait to find out how things would resolve.

Divergent has gotten tons of publicity, and it deserves all the attention. There are two more novels planned in the trilogy and the movie rights have already been sold. Comparisons to The Hunger Games are easy to make, but aside from having a strong female protagonist and being dystopian novels, they are very different, which is great news for fans of the genre. What's better than having another series to hand off to new dystopian converts?


1 comment:

  1. This is so funny. I just finished reading Divergent this morning! Not going to read your review until after I write mine... I'll be back :)

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