Divergent: A Review by Negin Norouzizadeh

DivergentCoverThe book “Divergent,” written by Veronica Roth, is the debut in the Divergent trilogy. The plot of the story lies within a futuristic sci-fi setting, where every teenager is put through an orientation session in which they are mandated to choose and base the rest of their lives upon the selection of one of the five factions: selflessness (Abnegation), bravery (Dauntless), intelligence (Erudite), peacefulness (Amity), or honesty (Candor). This story has been written through the perspective of Tris, a 16 year old teenager living in this society. The readers are taken into Tris’ mind, gaining insight about her rebellious beliefs against this “unfair” society. Regardless, Tris is restricted to choosing only one faction; thus, contrary to her brother who chose a life of intelligence, she chooses Dauntless, for she knows that faction is compatible with her inner rebellious and carefree nature. As Tris drifts away from her family into her chosen Dauntless life, she meets her mentor, Four. Four, being a handsome, bold character himself, attracts Tris’s attention, and their relationship soon blossoms into two lovers, yet they keep their chemistry a secret in order to stay professional. The book takes readers into Tris and Four’s bold yet romantic adventures as they grow together and unite their dominance in order to slowly start defying the rules and barriers in their own fight against society.

I can strongly say that out of all the books I have ever read in my life, Divergent has been the most memorable one (and to think that I read this book 2 years ago), not only based on its amazing plot, but also due to how Roth beautifully uses specific details to drag readers inside the story and provide every single character with their own lively “flavour” or “colour”.  I would recommend this book for teenagers, young adults, and even adults themselves (age range of around 13-40). I would not recommend this book for children younger than age 13, or for elders/light-hearted people, as the book contains numerous fighting, violent scenes, and very rarely extremely romantic scenes. However, I would recommend this book for anybody that enjoys a good adrenaline rush and likes to be kept on the edge of their seats at all times.


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