Series: Divergent #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: February 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.
I read this book in less than a day. If you know anything about me by now it should be that the better a book is, the more it drags me into the story, the faster I read it. Divergent is the story of Tris, a girl who leaves her family, everything she's ever known, to become one of the most brave people in this world.
This is almost a dystopian novel, but it seems definitely post apocalyptic in a lot of ways. The place where Tris is from is divided into 5 factions. Each of those factions provide a different service or run off of specific ideals that are all part of the greater whole. When you're about 16 you have to take an aptitude test to determine which faction you would be best suited to live in. And then you get to make a choice of where you want to live. Once you make your decision you go and initiate into that particular faction. If for some reason you don't make it you're considered factionless and basically live at the bottom of the barrel.
Tris is originally from the Abnegation faction who are taught to be selfless and always think of others first. Caleb is her brother who is less than a year older than her. Her mother and father both work for the government. She has a hard time being as selfless as she should be. When it comes time for her aptitude test something goes wrong and the test is considered inconclusive because she could actually choose to be in multiple factions. This doesn't usually happen. When the time for her decision comes she should choose to stay Abnegation but she decides to become part of The Dauntless who are known for their courage and bravery. Caleb chooses to go to The Erudite who value intelligence above all else.
When Tris makes it to the Dauntless headquarters things definitely escalate quickly. They have 3 stages of initiate and each one is harder and harder. Tris is told during her aptitude test to never ever speak about her being divergent because basically it could get her killed. But she's never really told why. During stage one of initiation all of the transfer candidates from other factions are introduced to their trainers, Eric and Four. Eric is ruthless and cold and while Four seems hard as well there is something underneath that doesn't seem quite as cold. As training progresses Tris really connects with a few of the other candidates and starts to come into her own. But as she comes into her own, her divergence shows itself. Not only that but it seems like there is something changing, something that could change everything.
I have no idea how it took me this long to read this book. I honestly loved it so much that I'm immediately reading the next one. I love Tris and I love seeing her come into her own and completely owning who and what she is. There was so much going on in this book and so many amazing things to talk about I can't get them all out in one review. I can't explain to you how all of this ties together. And while you're reading you can literally see the strings connecting everyone and everything. As more and more of the story unfolded I was just enthralled with this book and I couldn't put it down. Don't let anyone tell you that this book wasn't good because it was better than that it was amazing.