Divergent by Veronica Roth is the first book in the series with the same title and is is a dystopian Young-Adult novel. The book follows the story of Tris Prior, who like the rest of the population, has to choose a faction when she turns sixteen. She and her brother take a test to determine their faction.
There is Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent), Dauntless (the brave), Candor (the honest) and Amity (the peaceful), but there are also the Factionless (social outcasts). During the test complications arise and Tris discovers that she is special. She is Divergent, which means that she doesn’t have a clear test result and could join multiple factions (in her case Dauntless, Abnegation and Erudite). Now she has to choose herself, but once she joins her new factions, she has to compete against other now confirmed members in order to avoid becoming Factionless. Her supervisor Four plays a mysterious role in her process of becoming a true member. In the meantime the government lead by the Abnegation is under constant attack and change arises, whether it is wanted or not.
I am a bit late to the Divergent series. It had its big hype a couple of years ago, but I was too invested in other books. I read it in one sitting and it was quite enjoyable. I really liked Veronica Roth’s writing style, as it was flowing and there were no boring chapters. The characters were thought through and I liked their development. Tris Prior was sometimes annoying as she had this complex of doing everything on her own and ignoring rules that were there for a reason. I do like rule breakers, but her character, as she is the main one, had the same pattern in the story and I did not see any development. The character of Four was very interesting and I really liked his scenes, but the romance between the two developed way to quickly and sometimes appeared forced.
Overall I would give Divergent 4 out of 5 stars.
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