I read Divergent right after I saw the first movie. And I think this is the book that reignited my passion for reading. Before that, I didn’t read much anymore, or just for school. But it was most of the time books that I didn’t like. I’ll agree that this book isn’t Shakespeare; it isn’t going to become a classic. But it was a great book to read for fun, especially when I hadn’t read anything fun for about three years before that.
We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
Divergent is the first book of the Divergent series. It is about a girl named Tris in a dystopian future where war destroyed the earth that we knew. In this new world, society is divided into five factions, Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, and Candor. Each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a ‘perfect society.’ On her Choosing Day, Beatrice Prior renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s Abnegation group and chooses another faction.
In her new faction, Dauntless, Tris meets a boy named Four. He begins to help her train for the skills she’s going to need in Dauntless. But soon, he realizes that there is something wrong with her. Tris isn’t like anybody else. She’s divergent.
I enjoyed this book because it was an original story even though it kept the same frame as most of the new books today with the main character who discovers that he or she is exceptional and that he/she is going to save the world, like in Hunger Games. But it is mostly the vision of the future that I like, even though it is a pessimistic one because it seemed kind of realistic given the state of the world today.
But the book still has a glimmer of hope, the budding love story between Tris and Four. In which it is more or less stated that they are the future because they are the ones who will eventually fight against the system in which they were born.
I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for something that easily readable. Not only in terms of vocabulary, but the story is so captivating, I read this book in two days. I could have done it in a day, but I had to go to school, sadly I’m not paid to read books yet!