Divergent by Veronica Roth is one of the post-Harry Potter and post-Twilight series for young adults that have caught on. It was recommended to me by someone who saw me reading The Hunger Games. The books are somewhat similar. In fact, Divergent’s cover reminded me somewhat of The Hunger Games covers.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago that is divided into five factions, each based on one trait. Each year, all of the 16 year olds must choose a faction that they want to be a part of.
Tris makes the bold move of leaving her birth faction that promoted selflessness (Abegnation) to try and become part of a faction known for its bravery (Dauntless). However, her aptitude test shows a disturbing result. While nearly every person is best suited for one faction, Tris is equally qualified for three of the five faction. She is “Divergent” and it is not considered a good thing. She is told to tell no one that she is divergent, but she is not told tell anyone.
As Tris works to qualify as a member of Dauntless, competing against other teenagers for a limited number of positions, she must deal with betrayal by friends and deviousness by enemies. However, she begins to detect something even more sinister lurking behind the scenes.
The factions aren’t working together as well as they should. It seems that Erudite faction is spreading rumors and driving wedges between the factions that may fracture the society.
The book was slow to get started. I kept reading, though, because it was interesting and well written. I wasn’t really convinced about the developing romance between Tris and Four (one of the supervisors overseeing the teenagers going through the qualifying tests). However, about three-quarters of the way through, things started moving much faster and I was sucked into the story. By the end, I was left looking forward to reading the next book in the series.