Divergent by Veronica Roth [Book Review]


The hype of Divergent by Veronica Roth in the blogosphere was too much to ignore. So I got a copy of this book and decided to read it and I am glad I did. The hype that this book is receiving is well deserved and there are rumours that Summit Entertainment is going to make a movie out of the trilogy.

The official summery of Divergent is –

In a futuristic Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions. They are: Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. To define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the order of the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


First I will talk about the annoying things in this book and then go to the good part – We have no idea what year it is, what led them to the way they are currently living now, what are they protecting themselves from, is there an outside world. In the dystopian world of Divergent, we are isolated to a city, Chicago, I guess and all the people are divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Now we don’t have any idea of what work they do, how they survive etc. We don’t even have much information about Candor and Amity. The story is mostly focused on Dauntless, Abnegation and a little bit Erudite.

Abnegation are sort of rulers as they have government jobs because of their selfless nature. Erudite are too smart and greedy too. They don’t like Abnegation ruling and want to be the leaders themselves. The smart guys want to take over the world. Yes, that makes sense.  At 16 years of age every child must choose a faction and their whole life is defined by the faction they choose. Beatrice Prior or Tris is the protagonist of this book. She is an Abnegation who chooses Dauntless but she is something else entirely. She is quite an interesting character – she is very brave who acts dumb and is in love with her trainer.

There is an addicting quality to this book even though I am not really sure what that is. I finished the whole thing in two days. After the events that take place in this book, I am curious to see how the story proceeds in the next book of the trilogy – Insurgent which releases on May 1. Will we get more information on what is going on around the word or is the focus going to be on Tris and her adventures, ignoring the other factions entirely? I sincerely hope this trilogy does not go downhill like The Hunger Games.