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November Book Review

Divergent by Veronica Roth




Divergent, by Veronica Roth is set in a futuristic Chicago where society is divided into 5 factions that each represents a different virtue. The five factions include: Abnegation the selfless, Dauntless the brave, Erudite the intelligent, Candor the honest, and Amity the peaceful. At the age of 16, young people must choose to either stay in their faction of birth, or transfer into another faction. Tris makes a choice to switch to Dauntless. What soon follows is a highly competitive initiation process. But Tris has a secret; she is Divergent, meaning she doesn't fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean death.


What Was Good:

Divergent clearly has many thrills, but it also explores a common adolescent anxiety — the painful realisation that it may mean leaving family behind. It also has various aspects in the book:  the friendship Tris makes through her journey, her relationship with Four and the enemies she makes.


Tris is a very strong-willed, brave character. This made it very interesting to read about her because she has her own mind and does not follow others. There was a bit of romance in the book, which made it even better to read about.


What I also found good about the book was how it talks about society being divided. People are expected to live up to their fraction’s behaviours and beliefs no matter what. This means there is no individuality between factions. In a way, this reflects the society we live in. There are times where some people are ‘different’ and I think Veronica Roth portrays this well in the book.


The factions have moral ideas when they first start but soon become corrupt. In a way, we can apply this to our normal lives: that we should stick with our own morals and beliefs. I think the book has exciting ideas about morals, which I loved reading about!


What could be improved: 

The pace of the book was quick but I felt it could have some originality, as I found that it was a little similar to The Hunger Games. Other than that, I was very satisfied with the book.


Would You Recommend This Book?

Yes, I would recommend this book as it is definitely a book you don’t want to miss out on!


Rated 4/5 stars:


By Ying Hang Zeng – 8F


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