Posted by Sam (YA Librarian) on May 13, 2014
Teen Volunteer, Shalyn, wrote the following excellent review of Divergent. Thanks Shay for writing this!
One of the newest and hottest novels in the young adult world today is the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. The trilogy includes Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. In the first book of the series, Divergent, we meet the protagonist, Beatrice Prior, and the rest of her family: Caleb Prior, he brother, and her mother and father. She lives in a post-apocalyptic world, taking place in Chicago. The city has been fenced in by some unknown source, and the society is broken up into five different factions: Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity and Dauntless. Each faction has it’s own special trait to them and also colors that represent them. For Abnegation, they value selflessness. They were gray and always think about others before themselves. Most of them are in the government related jobs because they are so peaceful and great at making compromises. Candor honors honesty. They will tell you what they’re thinking at any moment without giving mercy. They were black and white, representing the no-in-between barriers when it comes to truth and lie. Amity faction values the agriculture of the world. They work outside the fence, bringing fresh food to the people inside. They also are peacekeepers, working together with Abnegation, wearing red and yellow. Erudite honors knowledge and education. They believe in becoming a better world we must use knowledge and the truth about everything. They are often enemies to many of the factions for their teacher’s pet attitudes and for bragging about their amount of intelligence. They were blue. The last faction, Dauntless, is the reckless of the five. They believe that being brave and courageous will get your far in life. It’s all you need. They wear black and they are crazy; jumping off moving trains, fighting almost to the death. When one turns 16, they go to the Choosing Ceremony, where one can choose to stay within their faction for the rest of their life, or go to another faction. Their motto is “faction before blood”. So when one choice rules your life, the pressure seems pretty high, am I right? Not for Beatrice. She knows where she is going in life. After you read Divergent, you will rethink just how far you would be willing to go for a good cause. The newly released movie adaption portrays the movie in such a good way that you could read the book and know everything that’s going on. Follow Beatrice through her journey today!