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Title: Divergent


Veronica Roth

Stars: 4.5/5

Summary: Divergent is a dystopian novel about a girl named Beatrice who lives in a world that is rigidly divided into 5 groups —the selfless, the honest, the intelligent, the peaceful and the brave. These factions are the foundation of Beatrice’s society. However, when she finds that she doesn’t belong anywhere she must decide who she wants to be in a world that is demanding that she conform. The choice that she makes will decide the rest of her life, and set in motion events which she never could have imagined. Through these trials Beatrice’s values, identity, courage, and loyalty are tested.

Review: In Divergent Roth creates an interesting and detailed world that is refreshingly original. Her writing draws you in with its fast pace and surprising plot twists, but it was her characters that really caught my attention. Every character, no matter how small, had complex emotions and motivations that served to move the plot forwards in unpredictable ways. They are all extremely relatable, despite their unusual circumstances. Roth really spends time developing the framework of her society and allows that to guide the story. Through this framework Roth also explores deeper themes such as emotion, family and society. Divergent is a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, that ends with a cliff hanger that will leave you wanting more. There is something for everyone in Divergent: action, romance, intrigue and moral dilemmas; I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone interested in dystopian fiction.

Warnings: This can be a bit violent at times but there is nothing too graphic.


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