I know, I KNOW I’m kinda late getting onto the Divergent’s bandwagon. It’s been on the list for months, uh years. With 700+ books on my reading list and new books popping up all the time, its hard to know what to read. Plus, stupid work / life get in the way sometimes and I can’t spend as much time as I want to reading. However, I recommended Cinder to my boss and she loved Cinder so much that she read Scarlet too. Then my boss recommended Divergent and well, I felt compelled to read it.
Divergent is set in a dystopian Chicago world, where society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). All sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. The book follows Beatrice Prior and the hard choice and consequences of the choice of selecting a faction. But as in all good dystopian societies, nothing is as it seems. “The lock is on the outside. I bite my lip. Why would they lock the gate from the outside and not the inside? It almost seems like they don’t want to keep something out; they want to keep us in.”
The first 100 or so pages were rough. The divided society reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie a lot, which I liked but HATED the second book. So, I kept having flash backs / fear that this was going to horrible. And honestly, if my boss hadn’t kept asking me about it, I would have probably given up. But once I pushed through the set up of the society and the introduction of characters, I started to really enjoy this. I’m not sure if it is as good as everyone seems to think but it is enjoyable. Divergent left me with more questions than answers. Which I guess is what Roth wanted because I, of course, went out and got book 2, Insurgent, right away.