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In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
First, a completely editorial comment: here we ago again, another dystopian world that depends on the hormonal moods of a teenage girl.
Now, having said that... It's a YA book. That's what I get if I read a book that isn't targeted to me (I'm a 44 yo mom)! I very much appreciate that there are books aimed for pre-teens and teens, and books with strong female characters. I'm just not that age demographic any more. But I was interested to read it because (a) it was popular/ well received and (b) when my kids reach that point, I want to be well versed in what is out there for them.
Divergent is very well done. The idea that adults have divided the community into factions based on five different world views seems both far fetched and reasonable (are our liberal and conservative viewpoints so very different?). Once you accept that premise, having young adults needing to choose, and drawing out the story from there makes a world of sense. There are tipping points in a person's world, and sometimes in a society's. If those coincide, they'd make a great story, wouldn't they?
Well, here it is. And it's well written, with strong characters, depth, and draw. I'll enjoy when my kids get to this point and we can talk about it together.
Excellent, excellent book. It’s another book that takes place in a dystopian future, but it’s better written than Hunger Games and a more filled-out story than The Giver. And there’s some ingenious subtlety to it that becomes apparent especially if you read the parts about the factions in the extra section at the end. But don’t read the extras before you finish the book!
A good an interesting story. Not just another Hunger Games despite the similarities - A compelling but flawed young female lead, a love story and a futuristic dystopia. But a very different moral message about choosing what kind of person you will be.
I'd been planning on reading this book for a long time, but never got around to it until this spring. At that point, I was a little wary because I was afraid it wouldn't live up to the hype, much like "The Hunger Games" didn't live up to its hype (for me). However, I was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely loved this book. I read it through twice in a matter of just days.
I felt the characters were very realistic, not too cliched or stereotypical. I felt the action was plausible and very real. The factions were fascinating and detailed. All of it drew me in.
I think this is the best out of the series, but the other two are worth reading.
Divergent is an amazing action packed book that everyone should read. It is a great story put into three books with everything that a story needs to be amazing. Everyone should read this book, if they don't they are truly missing out on something great.