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  Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review by: Allyson J.
North Carolina, Grade 8

Veronica Roth’s book Divergent is the first novel of a wonderful dystopian futuristic trilogy that I absolutely could not put down.
Beatrice “Tris” Prior is 16 years old and is living in Abnegation. Abnegation is the selfless faction. There are four other factions, which makes five total. Erudite, which is education/ knowledge; Candor, which is honesty; Dauntless, which is bravery; and Amity, which is friendship/ peaceful harmony.
When each person reaches a certain age level in school they must choose which faction they want to spend the rest of their life in, Tris and Caleb are this age. Tris and her peers can choose to stay in their own faction or switch to a different one depending on what they want. Tris’s brother, Caleb, and herself are in the same grade level at school together, even though Caleb is almost a full year older than Tris.
Something that helps them make this decision is the aptitude test, which is a series of virtual scenarios that seem real, but really aren’t. Your result is based off of the decisions you make while you are in the test. The results simply state which faction is best for you, unless the machine couldn’t make a decision, then your results are inconclusive.

Caleb’s results are normal, stating one faction, Erudite. Tris, on the other hand, got inconclusive test results, meaning she was Divergent, which in this society was extremely dangerous. Being Divergent is dangerous because it wasn't the socially normal thing.
The choosing ceremony is only a week away and Caleb already knows what he’s choosing as told by the results of his aptitude test, Erudite. Tris is still unsure of her decision though. On the day of the ceremony she must choose what she wants for herself. There will be five bowls symbolizing the five factions, and a knife which is used to cut their palm so that they can drop their blood into the bowl of their choice. Tris chose Dauntless. The Dauntless “believe in ordinary acts of bravery in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” They begin initiation immediately after the choosing ceremony, Dauntless initiation begins with jumping on a moving train then jumping off the train onto a building, which takes a lot of courage. In order to get into the Dauntless compound you have to jump off of the building.
First jumper? From Abnegation? This was unheard of, until Tris. She had to have been scared out of her mind, this took a lot of courage and bravery. Especially not knowing what layed over the edge of the building.
I recommend this book to anyone who in middle school or older who enjoys dystopian novels and action because this is definitely both compacted into one well written book.

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