Divergent – book review

Are you secretly a Twilight fan who went into hiding after Hollywood and Kristen Stewart botched the film? Was Harry Potter your companion growing up? Are you anticipating the release of Mockingjay even though you’ve already reread the book three times over? Then add Divergent, the next popular fiction novel to hit the big screen in March, to your reading list, as author Veronica Roth has stealthily combined all elements of America’s old favorites into the first of her new hit trilogy.

We all remember the dystopian society with 12 Districts Suzanne Collins welcomes us into in The Hunger Games with varying degrees of anticipation. In Divergent, we’re greeted with five Factions meant to emulate the singular traits that citizens aim to devote their lives to, namely Abnegation (Selflessness), Amity (Peace), Candor (Honesty), Dauntless (Courage), and Erudite (Knowledge), in order to achieve a seemingly utopian society.

Taking up the modern coming-of-age structure found throughout the Harry Potter series, Beatrice, or Tris, Prior undergoes a test to determine which faction is best fitted to her personality, where she learns she is Divergent, a mysterious, dangerous classification. Tris must choose her new faction, and the whirlwind of consequences, resulting in danger, adventure and romance that flips her life upside down leaves readers reminiscent of the old Twilight days.

The novel captures all features of popular fiction. Divergent is an easy read, although a bit thicker than most, plot driven and hard to put down because of it that exciting, addicting way, and a welcome break from the high school syllabus.

Divergent appeals to both genders and all teenagers as Tris faces the pains of growing up with some unique twists. Yet are the twists and turns of Divergent enough to keep future generations entertained, or will this novel merely end up an outdated, distant memory on our bookshelves next to Twilight? Time can only tell.