The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Posted: February 9, 2014 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION, Young Adult

The Divergent Series by Veronica RothReviewed by Lori D.

I’ll admit that I hadn’t even known about Veronica Roth’s Divergent series until seeing a movie trailer for the upcoming film based on the first of the books, Divergent. Being young adult fiction, all three books make for an easy read, and are fast-paced, dystopian thrillers that will keep you turning pages. Just be prepared for a few awkward love stories, inconsistent personalities, and stereotypes that make you cringe.

In Chicago in the future, people are divided into five factions, each committed to a particular virtue – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent) and Dauntless (the brave). At the age of sixteen, the society’s children take a drug-induced, halucinative aptitude test that aids them in choosing the faction they’ll spend the rest of their lives in. Beatrice (Tris) Prior, finds out she is a rarity – a “divergent” – someone who is a mixture of traits and not welcome in the society. She leaves her life and family in Abnegation and joins the Dauntless, where she transforms from a selfless, monochromatic “stiff,” to a bad-ass, tattooed, butt-kicking Dauntless who goes on to discover the secret behind their civilization, overthrows the government, and saves the world.

Filled with plot twists, evil people (whose personalities can always be altered with all the drugs these people use – or can just be shot…), and an underlining warning not to trust those we put in charge, it makes for a fun read. Don’t expect a fairy tale ending, though. I was a bit distressed with Roth’s final twist, but you’ll have to read all three books to find out why.

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