A few months back I asked our followers if there were any new and upcoming books I should check out and I was overwhelmed with the amount of people that recommended Divergent. I had remembered seeing a trailer advertising the movie that’ll be coming out next Spring but had no idea it was a book. Our following has been right on more than one occasion so I figured, why not?
Upon reading the first chapter or so, I couldn’t get over how similar it was to Hunger Games. I kept thinking to myself, how did a book that was such a blatant ripoff gain so much popularity, even enough to be turned into a movie? I had to keep reading to figure out what made it stand apart. Good thing I did.
The overall backbone of the story is similar to Hunger Games; one girl, misunderstood and underestimated by her government, takes matters into her own hands with a love interest by her side. The writing is on a young adult level, so it’s pretty easy to blaze through, but the meat of the story is interesting enough to leave you wanting more. It’s a page turner where you never notice the number of the pages.
To sum up the plot without too many spoilers:
Beatrice is a part of Abnegation, one of the five factions of her government. In Abnegation, a citizen is taught that selflessness is of utmost importance and will be most necessary to maintaining an effective government, but each faction believes differently. Erudite thinks intelligence is the most important, Candor believes in honesty, Amity values amicability and kindness, and Dauntless puts courage above everything else. The idea is that a blend of these five factions will create the perfect society.
Until one faction starts exercising their power over the others. I’ll let you guess which.
When children reach 16 years of age, they take a test to determine which faction is best suited for them, and then they choose which faction they’ll spend the rest of their lives with. Some of the choices in the book are incredibly surprising, others not so much.
But what if the test they take is inconclusive? What if they’re unable to determine which faction is best for them? They call that Divergent – bum bum bummmm.
I just got the second book in the series and as soon as I’m done reading the millions of other books I’m wanting to read, I’ll continue with the Divergent triology. In the mean time, check out the link to the movie being released this Spring: