The novel Divergent by Veronica Roth, is the first book in a trilogy that follows the life of 16-year-old Beatrice Prior. Beatrice lives in a future version of Chicago where society is spit into five factions. Each faction indicates a certain virtue: Candor (the honest), Erudite (the knowledgeable), Amity (the kind), Abnegation (the selfless), and Dauntless (the brave). At the age of 16, the children of all the factions take a test. This test tells them what faction they belong in, but there are the rare exceptions when the test doesn’t work. They call these people Divergent, and Beatrice Prior is Divergent. She has to choose whether to keep her safe life in Abnegation with her family, or to choose a new, exciting life in Dauntless. She ...view middle of the document...
Eric tells them they have to jump off the ledge, and it’s clear nobody wants to be first. Beatrice, without a word, steps up to the ledge, and she jumps, surprising everyone. At the bottom is a net, and a crowd of people waiting for the initiates. When Beatrice is asked her name, she hesitates. Beatrice just didn't seem right. She is told she can change her name, but to make it good, because she can’t choose again. So she changes her name to Tris, “a new place, a new name,” (Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Harper Collins, 2011. Print.) Coming from Abnegation, Tris is the weakest initiate, but she quickly proves herself. Even after being beaten unconscious, she steps up her game, and barely makes it through the physical stage of initiation.
The second stage of initiation is the mental stage. During this stage, the initiates learn to overcome their greatest fears. What Tris doesn't realize is, her Divergence makes her immune to the tests they give her. She is “awake,” meaning she realizes it’s not real, during the simulations. Because of this, she finishes the simulations very quickly, bumping her up in the rankings. Tris has to be careful though, the government leaders are hunting for Divergents, and it would not be good to be found.
Dauntless was definitely the right faction for Tris, even with all the potential dangers. Tris was able to become her true self in the Divergent faction. Divergent was a thrilling, unique book that I could not put down. Books in an alternate universe are my favorite, and this was a great one. The character and plot development were great. I also liked how the author led up to the ultimate threat from the government. By the end, I was full of anticipation for the sequel.