Another dystopian novel where nothing is what it seems and the protagonist must show society its errors… but so much better!
Set in Chicago in the not so distant future, Veronica Roth’s Divergent is the new Dystopian trilogy everyone’s talking about. In the novel, people live in five different factions, which are each “dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue:” selflessness, peace, bravery, honesty, and intelligence. In a world based on synergy, the possibility of dissent is unimaginable. When one of the factions goes rogue, no one is prepared for the consequences.
Written in first person, the author creates an intimate relationship between Beatrice and the audience by slowly exposing her vulnerabilities behind the façade she must wear in public. It’s difficult to describe this in any more detail without spoiling parts of the novel. But I can say that Roth’s literary talent enables the reader to be swept up in the suspenseful and high adrenaline experience.
Similar to The Giver with its idea of choosing a profession and isolated training, and The Hunger Games’ concept of specialized factions, this is a must read for fans of dystopian literature. I actually connected with this more than The Hunger Games because of the autonomy afforded to the citizens of Veronica Roth’s world versus the random location-based sectionalization of Panem in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. I definitely count this as my favorite book of the year.