This book review is by our teen contributor, Abigail.
DIVERGENT is a science-fiction novel set in a dystopian Chicago. The plot follows 16 year-old Beatrice Prior, a curious girl with a wandering heart. Her residential city is split into five sectors, each belonging to a different “faction.” Beatrice is born into Abnegation, the selfless faction. However, there are 4 other factions: Dauntless, the Brave; Erudite, the Intelligent; Candor, the Honest; and Amity, the Peaceful. The story opens up with Beatrice anticipating the dreaded school day ahead of her at her bland, cold home. At school, she must take the “Aptitude Test.” The test is a simulation that wires your brain to make decisions that link to more intense decisions. After taking the test, Beatrice is told by her test administrator, Tori (a Dauntless), that she is Divergent. Being Divergent means that your mind can’t be controlled; that you belong in more than one faction. In Beatrice’s case, she has aptitudes for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. But which will she choose at the Choosing Ceremony that night? After making her decision, Tris later finds out that the main antagonist (Jeanine Matthews, leader of the Erudite) is out to kill Divergents, to make their society become more stable and under-control. Will she succeed?
********** My Rating: 4 Stars Common Sense Media’s Rating: 5 Stars I give this novel a well-deserved 4-out-of-5 star rating. I love this trilogy, because as you get deeper into the series, there is a definite gain of self-discovery that encourages girls to be brave, be courageous, be intelligent, and overall, be themselves. Character development was thoughtfully planned, and as Beatrice realizes that she’s more than a “Stiff” (tease for the Abnegation children), the reader gets to realize that with her. As I read the book, I slowly started to connect with the characters, and if a book doesn’t do that to you, then the author isn’t doing their job. So, why don’t you go to the Nevins Memorial Library this weekend and pick up a copy? Especially with it’s sequel, Insurgent, already in theaters!