Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, creates a perfectly balanced and structured society that consists of five groups divided strictly on how the brain works: Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Candor. At age sixteen, all members of the society have to choose which faction they will live in to begin their journey as adults. A mind stimulation is given to each inductee before the Choosing Ceremony to help determine where they would be most fit.
Beatrice Prior is the daughter of Abnegation faction members and government leaders, and it is her time to make the decision that will carve her future. Her tests results are inconclusive, which does not sway her choice of preference. The error among the stimulation shows that she is Divergent, which she knows very little about, but understands this classification is dangerous. Beatrice ultimately decides on the faction of Dauntless, the brave and courageous group.
Beatrice now begins a whole new life that she has cut out for herself. Training to be accepted into her faction begins immediately after the Choosing Ceremony. With different obstacles thrown at her, she has to manage to score well throughout her training sessions of combat and mental strength. Ultimately, she needs to be a top scorer or else she will live among the poor, factionless. And like the citizens say, “You rather die than become factionless.”
Personally, I loved Divergent and all its aspects. If you are interested in the vision of an author’s “perfect society,” then this is the book for you.Elizabeth Keran is a junior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys cheerleading on the game quad and competition team at Hahnville.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published regularly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.