Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of dystopian literature, so I knew I would be a fan of Divergent, but I didn't anticipate loving it so much. Despite the length of the novel, I blazed through this in a few days, staying up until the wee hours of the morning to get through "just one more chapter."
Divergent follows your typical dystopian pattern of a strong female protagonist (usually with an interesting name--in this case, Beatrice goes by Tris, thank God) finds herself in the middle of an internal debate created by the crumbling political structure around her. In this case, sixteen-year-old Tris must decide which faction, or group of citizens of similar demeanor, she wants to belong to. The teens take an aptitude test to see which faction best suits them, but ultimately it is their decision. Once the decision is made, however, everything changes and they can't turn back. While the teens go through dangerous training to make it through initiation, the novel reveals the dangers of a corrupt political structure. Oh, and Veronica Roth manages to delicately and effectively weave a bit of romance in which I greatly appreciate ;)
In many ways, Divergent reminds me of Anthem and The Hunger Games and I think that only makes it more enjoyable. Beatrice is a lot like Katniss in that she is insecure at times but actually incredibly talented and brave and she learns her own strength over time. The political structure, while corrupt, is a unique system unlike any of the other dystopian novels I have read.
The novel ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, but with enough closure that it is not annoying. I really look forward to reading the next book in the series.
I highly recommend this to anyone--it's the next "big thing!"