2 February 2017
Divergent is the first book in the trilogy by Veronica Roth. It was first published in 2001. It is a book about the ride of passage of 16 year old, Beatrice Prior, Tris, who must choose which faction is her best fit in society.
The book is first set in post-war Chicago. The city is dilapidated, buildings are crumbling, sidewalks broken, roads are collapsed; open sewers and trash are everywhere. The city is being renovated from the center outward and progress is slow.
There are five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Each faction lives in a different area of the city. Originally it was thought that the factions would promote a peaceful society, and work together to rebuild the city. Unfortunately, this did not happen, there is conflict between the factions because some leaders are power hungry and want to control others.
At age 16 each person must choose to join one of the factions or become factionless. Tris is required to take an aptitude test before choosing day and she learns she has traits for more than one faction, which is known as Divergent. Tris cannot tell anyone that she is Divergent, she would be in danger. She must make the decision whether to leave her families faction, Abnegation and possibly never see them again, or remain where she has never really fit in. Tris struggles with this decision and chooses to join Dauntless, which she feels is her best fit.
Tris is surprised to learn that not everyone who choo...