Growing up separated by factions, to ways of thinking, Beatrice Prior struggles to discover where she fits in. Which faction should she pick? Is she selfless? Brave? Honest? Peaceful? Intelligent? Or a mix…? In a few weeks, she discovers things about her past she never imagined, but also discovers that the fate of her future may not be as certain as she once thought. She quickly learns that she’s tougher than she thinks, and that choosing who to trust is important if they want to get to the bottom of why the structured society around them may actually be falling apart.
Divergent is one of the best series openers I think I’ve read. From the very start there is action and you’re plunged into the emotions of the protagonist, a pretty viable futuristic world and he insecurities and uncertainties of a teenage girl.
Divergent is written from a first person perspective – the p.o.v. of the protagonist Beatrice Prior (Tris). In a dystopian world, everything is separated into five factions: Abnegation – for the selfless. Dauntless – for the brave. Amity – for the peaceful. Candor – for the honest. Erudite – for knowledge seekers. At the age of 16, you decide where you want to belong: to the faction you grew up in or transfer to one you think you’ll fit into better.
“Faction before blood”
From a political stance, the book is incredible. It shows a very viable future, where on the surface society seems idealistic, it makes sense and fits together. Everything is done precisely, calculated, everyone has a different role and it keeps society running correctly.
That is of course, until the Divergents appear. People who don’t fit into any category, who cannot be controlled by simulations and people who the leaders are afraid of: if they can’t be controlled, that makes them a threat.
Corruption is easy to hide when you have such a strong system, and such an oblivious population, who are so attuned to how things are done that nothing else seem possible, workable. It would be chaos.
I immediately fell in love with the characters in this book. I love Tris, who is so honest, so relatable and also so afraid – of moving faction, leaving her family behind, fitting in, proving herself, discovering where she belongs, hiding secrets about herself and risking her life.
From the word go, you’re plunged into this world of young people who at the bottom of everything are just trying to fit in and prove that they belong somewhere, that they’re worth something.
And mixed into that there is a corrupt leadership, rules and social norms that Tris is unsure she can fit into and comply with, and of course the confusion of love and friendships. I loved watching her progress as a character, and decide that she wanted to be a strong decision-maker, not a ‘silly little girl’ that a lot of the males saw her as.
As a series opener, Divergent gets the perfect balance between introducing everything and establishing a firm plot that leaves you wanting more.
I’ve watched the film of Divergent, and I must say that I absolutely loved it! It did the book justice, and even though it left out so many parts (as with every film) it was more enjoyable than many in it’s genre.
Overall, the Divergent series is one of my favourites; no matter how many times I read it I don’t tire of the characters or the plot lines.
I’ll be posting reviews of Insurgent and Allegiant too!!
Have you seen/read Divergent? If so, what did you think?