Genre: YA post-apocalyptic science fiction
Length: 487 pages
Setting: near future, Chicago
Interest: My sister read it and highly recommended it. She came up to visit recently and reminded me I was going to read the book.
Summary: Beatrice, at 14, is coming up on Choosing Day when she has to choose which faction she will spend the rest of her life in – Amity, Abnegation (where she currently is), Candor, Dauntless, or Erudite. Her test results are anomalous – she’s Divergent and could fit in multiple factions. She chooses Dauntless and has to survive the rigorous Dauntless initiation. She makes some friends and enemies among her fellow transfer initiates and becomes romantically involved with one of her instructors. At the same time, the Erudite faction is pushing to remove Abnegation from near total control of the government. Erudite leaders set up a situation where all the Dauntless are injected with a new serum that allows the Erudite to control the Dauntless through a large-scale simulation. The result is Dauntless being used as an army to kill the leaders of Abnegation. Only the Divergent are able to break out of the simulation and stop the slaughter.
Final thoughts: A high quality story that has it all – a cool world, a bit of romance, and some action. I had a hard time putting this one down and I’m glad to see the rest of the series, Insurgent and Allegiant, is out already. It is more appropriate to the teenage/Hunger Games age than the tween age/Harry Potter age since there is some killing and blood (including death to some characters important to Beatrice) and sexual innuendo.
Title comes from: The main character was considered divergent because she didn’t fit perfectly into a single faction, but had aspects of several in her personality. Being divergent was a dangerous position to be in and something she had to hide.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 78/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge, and an R in my A-Z Reading Challenge author challenge (7/26)
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