Divergent is one of those books where the instant that you finish it you want to start the second book straightaway.
In this post-apocalytic world there are five factions – Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Everyone is aligned with a single faction – unless they are factionless. Outcast.
Beatrice is a child of the Abnegation. People who are in the Abnegation faction live to serve others and negate the ‘self’. They are selfless and thoughtful. Beatrice has chaffed against the strictures of her faction her whole life, understanding the teachings of the faction but striving to hide her true feelings.
At sixteen, all teenagers must take the aptitude tests which are designed to indicate which faction will become their permanent home. Everyone has to take them so that recommendations can be made for Choosing Day. Beatrice has to make the hardest choice of her life so far – stay with Abnegation or move to another faction and leave behind her family forever.
This is a fast-paced, exciting and unique story. The characters are engaging, especially the flawed hero, Beatrice/ Tris, the action is breathtaking, the romance feels genuine. Beatrice’s naivety works both for and against her, and the world is beautifully realised. There are some quite graphic scenes of violence and bullying, as well as heartbreakingly moving moments.
I wanted to drive straight to work and get the next two books in the series so that I could stay in this world.