Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris Prior is born into a dystopian society, in which people are divided into factions based on their traits. The factions are: Abnegation (The Selfless), Dauntless (The Brave), Erudite (The Intelligent), Amity (The Peaceful) and Candor (The Honest). Tris is the daughter of Andrew and Natalie Prior, who are both members of Abnegation. Until the age of sixteen, everyone stays in the faction from which they were born, but when a person comes of age the must choose whether they should stay with their faction or flee for another. The adolescents all take “The Aptitude”, in which they are advised as to which faction they should join. However, Tris’ tests are inconclusive, she is Divergent, something that is practically unheard of. She is told to hide this secret for eternity and to not even tell her family, apparently being Divergent can make you a threat to “the system”. At the “Choosing Ceremony” Tris makes a surprising choice as to which of the five factions she joins. However, when Tris joined the faction she was unaware that she would have to pass certain tests, both physical and mental to become fully initiated into the faction. If she fails to meet the standards, she will be kicked out and become factionless. The factionless wander the streets and have no homes, they live in poverty and despair. The tests are a baptism of fire for Tris and the other newcomers. As time elapses, Tris is faced with obstacles. Will she survive the tests? Will she become factionless? What will happen of the fact that she is Divergent?
TEEN RATING: Divergent escalates into a gripping, page turning thriller. A great start to the Divergent trilogy. 4/5 13+