Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, was published in 2011 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. This young-adult dystopian novel is the first of three in a thrilling series.
The story occurs in post-apocalyptic Chicago where the remaining citizens are divided up into factions. Each member of the community is placed into a faction based on their aptitude. There is Abnegation (selfless), Candor (honest), Amity (peaceful), Dauntless (brave), and Erudite (intelligent). Every child is born into a faction, and at the age of sixteen they have the opportunity to take a aptitude test. This helps them decide what faction to spend the rest of their life in.
Beatrice Prior was born into abnegation, but she never really felt as though she belonged there. During her aptitude test, the results read “Divergent.” The test giver quickly rushed Beatrice outside and told her that nobody can know what her test results read. Those known as “Divergent” were considered dangerous and threatening to society.
This novel is sure to keep any reader in suspense. This being the first in the series left many unanswered questions for the audience. The author makes the reader feel as if he/she is living in the book alongside the characters. Overall this is for sure a must read.