Book Review: Divergent

Veronica Roth’s Divergent by Harper Collins’ Publications is a scientific fiction book that tells us the tale of a future society divided by virtues and the journey of one Beatrice Prior to find love, acceptance, family and a home, all the while making the most difficult of her society, to stay with her family and pretend to be someone she is not sure she or to leave them  to become the person she always admired and aspired to be, but the world  turns darker when she realizes that the choice is now between life and death and then she meets Four, a mysterious instructor who both hurts and protects us. Also, a war is brewing. A battle of free will and the right to live, a battle which might take not only her family and home but also her life.

The characters are extremely well developed, especially Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Four along with the five factions that make up this futuristic society, which will keep readers awake at night, long after they have finished the book.

Tris develops from a  strong willed but confused young girl to a formidable woman and leader while Four grows out from the strict instructor and shows us that not everything is as it seems. Secrets and plans make up the plot, along with minor characters such as Christina and Albert.

The book is set in Chicago of the future, where the city is made of tumbled down buildings and broken ferris wheels.

The book has many interesting aspects, such as the five factions and the question of what lies beyond the city limits and  why is it so necessary to conform to serums and not have a opinion of your own. The dialogues are well developed and the plot twists keep thickening at every turn, making it a real page turner. An easy to go style of writing makes the book a lot more interesting and “divergent”.


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