“Divergent” Book Review

Which Faction Are You In?

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“Divergent” Book Review

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If you are ever bored or feel like reading a book, I recommend for you to read the book Divergent by Veronica Roth. It’s a trilogy that takes place in a dystopian, futuristic Chicago. The books in the trilogy (in order) are Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. The book will literally make you feel part of that world or it will make you wish you were. The book is set in the future where Chicago is split into five different sectors called factions. The factions are set so that there can be peace, a world with no war, and to lead society into a better world. The factions are Abnegation; the selfless, Dauntless; the brave, Erudite; the intelligent, Amity; the peaceful, and Candor; the honest. When you’re 16 years old, you choose a faction on Choosing Day based on your personality and your way of thinking, which is determined by the aptitude test, but for the people that don’t get into a faction are called the factionless. Now here’s the catch, once you choose your faction you have to pass the Initiation and you have to spend the rest of your life there, even if it’s away from your family. You see their motto is “faction before blood”. The factions were formed from the different perspectives of people of why there is war. Dauntless was created by those that thought war began because people were cowards, Abnegation was created by those that thought war began because of greed, and so on and so forth. But in every system there is a flaw, in this case it’s those few that are divergent.

In this novel, Tris Prior took her aptitude test and the results were that she was divergent. Divergence is when you can’t fit into only one faction, your mind doesn’t think in one specific way, but in dozens; in other words being divergent makes you unpredictable, uncontrollable, and a threat to the leaders because the only thing they want is for everyone to be controlled and if that can’t happen they try to make their problems disappear. Tris makes a choice that brings her to a new beginning, new friends, love, and dangerous threats.

Divergent is full of adventure; an action-packed journey of Tris in her new home with her trying to accept that she is divergent, and you get to see the way she transforms in the book. I suggest you read it, the book is much better than what I can describe now in words. It has even been adapted into a movie and the movie will come out in theaters in March 22, 2014 staring Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior and Theo James as Four (and yes it’s a name not the number). You’ll fall in love with the book and you’ll be prepared for when the movie comes out.

Check out the Final Trailer for Divergent.


Speaking of books being adapted into movies, The Fault in Our Stars will come out in theaters on June 6, 2014, which also stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Now (sadly) I haven’t read the book, but I’ve heard that it’s a great book and that book is definitely on my “Books to Read” list. These books will really be worth your time, just try them, at least one of them and give it a chance.

Check out the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars


~ Brittney Pauta

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