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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is 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).
On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
I blew through Divergent in one sitting – the second I started reading it, I was hooked. I had to know more about this world, and about Beatrice Prior’s life.
Divergent is set in a futuristic, post-apacolyptic Chicago. In this post-apacolyptic world, there are five factions. Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Beatrice Prior, the main character, is born into Abnegation. She was indicated as Divergent (having the aptitude for more than one faction). On choosing day, the Prior family loses both of their children. Beatrice chooses Dauntless, and her older brother Caleb chooses Erudite. The Dauntless initation is rough. It was fun to read about, but I don’t think I could ever make it through it!
Beatirce “Tris” Prior can be a little bit whiny at times, but she is still a very likable character. Through all she faces in Divergent, Tris grows into a powerful, ass-kicking machine. She faced fears, and fought her way into Dauntless. Meanwhile, catching the eye of her instructor, Four. Though their romance is not the main theme of the novel, it was a nice accompaniment to the dystopian plot.
If you’re a fan of the dystopian genre, and you haven’t already read Divergent, do yourself a favor and read this book!!
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