Book Review: ‘Divergent’ a tale of factions

1 Comment 17 May 2012

By Mariam Alata
Unis Middle School

Critics are calling Divergent:

“A captivating, fascinating book, that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises it will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future.”
- James Dashner
New York best selling author of “The Maze Runner”

“A taut and shivering exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”
- Melissa Marr
New York Times best selling author of “Wicked Lovely”

Debut author Veronica Roth introduces her talents with a cryptic new trilogy, the first book in the series being “Divergent.” In the post-apocalyptic world of 16-year-old girl Beatrice, you are born into a faction.

The five factions are: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless,) Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent.)

Beatrice was born into the Abnegation faction and lives in a house consisting of the normal necessities but with no means of seeing how you look, except once a month, just to cut your hair.

When people turn 16, they go through a process called the Choosing Ceremony. This is the process where they decide whether to stay in their own faction or join another. Beatrice eventually takes the test, and she is sorted out as divergent.

Divergent means that you can control the mind stimulation tests the government gives you. For instance in the beginning of the test Beatrice was given the choice of killing or feeding a dog, she chose nether and befriended the dog using her skills and smarts.

On the day of the ceremony she cuts her hand. Blood trickles off her wrist and into the coal. She chooses Dauntless, the one faction that is against the Abnegation. She is now the second Abnegation they know of who leaves and lives with the opposite faction — a traitor!

Beatrice than goes through a series of initiation tests, including being beaten up till you are one punch away from death, being the target for a knife thrower, facing your fears head on and not being able to leave until you stand up to it, literally, and so on.

Beatrice soon renames herself Tris, and begins to fight for her safety. Tris’ mentor, Four, is known to have only four fears, and is, of course the love interest in the book. They begin to have feelings for each other. Tris learns that Four was one of the first Abnegation born to switch into Dauntless, and that his real name is Tobias. Tobias had a father that abused him into thinking he was Selfless. But no matter how hard Tobias tried it wasn’t his true faction. The book moves on, facing Tobias’ fears, reuniting with Tris’ brother and mother, a couple arguments, and so forth until we get to a deep and dark day . . .

On this day, the entire Dauntless faction, along with the Erudites wakes up, planning a sneak attack on the Abnegation faction. Tris wakes up and pretends to be under the control of the main computer that is creating these inhumane simulations, and controlling everyone.

Tris finds out that Tobias is Divergent as well and they try to over throw one of the faction leaders. Tobias and Tris get separated, Tris is thrown into her worst fear, drowning, and Tobias is being sucked into the Simulations world.

Tris’ mother rescues her and then gets shot, she is then taken to an area where her father, brother, and Tobias’ father, are. They treat her wounds then leave to attempt to save Tobias. Tobias, unknowingly, beats up Tris. Tris and Tobias escape along with their fathers and Tris’ brother. The Dauntless and Abnegation factions are all a mess, and it is up to the five of them now . . .

Critics are not the only ones judging this book. So are the many other Veronica Roth fans, including Kristie from the Story Siren, and Cassjaytuck, aka Cassidy Tucker, and many others including Nada Alhamdi, an 8th grader whom I lent the book to.

Nada says, “The books is phenomenal, not one moment was wasted! The book gave me so many visions of what the outcome of certain situations could be. The book gave me a sort of awareness for people, it taught me to pay attention to people and read them inside out before I make a judgment. People Tris loved turned against her in order to get to the top. I can’t begin to explain how many times in history that has happened, but I can tell you that this book has given me an awareness of people I deal with.”

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  1. Nada Alhamdi says:

    The book is amazing Mariam! I can’t express how much I love it! It is my favorite!!
    One day I will steal the book from you Mariam!
    I am killing for Insurgent!
    You better let me borrow it again someday!
    :D :D :D

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