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  Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review by: David C.
Wisconsin, Grade 8

The book Divergent, by Veronica Roth, is a young-adult dystopian novel based in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic version of Chicago where the city is divided into five factions: The Amity, The Dauntless, The Abnegation, The Erudite, and The Candor. The Amity is the faction that provides the food. They are the only faction that lives outside of the city. They live in a simple houses. The Abnegation live a life of selflessness. They are not allowed to have more than one mirror in the house and it has to be covered, except for the first day of every third month. The Candor is the cities Judicial System. They live the act of truthfulness. The try and punish the lawbreakers. The Erudite are the smart ones in the City. They develop all the serums, for example the Truth Serum that is used by the Candor. The Candor uses it in their initiation and in trial. The Erudite are the leadership in the futuristic Chicago. The Dauntless are the people in the city that provide protection from outside of the fence. They are also the “police” of the city. Their compound is in a giant cave. The Dauntless initiation first involves jumping on a moving train, which is moving full speed. After a few minutes, you have to jump off of the still moving train onto a roof. From the roof, you jump into a deep pit not knowing what is there to catch you. If you do not do these things you become factionless. There then are three more stages in the Dauntless initiation. The main character in the book is Beatrice Prior (she later changes her name to Tris Prior). The lesson of Divergent is to never give up. Tris is also figuring out who she is in society and family.

Divergent is the first book in a trilogy that consists of these books: Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. Divergent is told in a first person format. Roth tells the story by keeping Tris telling the story. This book is a story of her life after the Choosing Ceremony. I think Divergent is a well written book. This is because she describes the people, places, and events in great detail. Because of this, Divergent has and will continue to inspire millions of people. The main character, Tris Prior, is portrayed in a positive way. The way Roth writes the story, you think this could be a real happing in our lifetime. An example of what she’s done is that even though she could be factionless, she choose to go out of the Dauntless compound and meet her brother, Caleb Prior, who is in the Erudite faction. She had to get her anger out and the Abnegation, where her parents live, do not get along with the Dauntless.

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