Beatrice Prior lives in a dystopian world.
She is a part of the Abnegation (the selfless) faction in her city. The five factions in her city helps keep order and establish peace. On the day that she turns 16, she must undergo a test with the rest of the sixteen year olds in her community. When her test results come up with divergence—meaning that Beatrice can fit into more than just one faction—she must keep this dangerous knowledge to herself.
Once Beatrice chooses the Dauntless faction, a faction that focuses on bravery and dangerous stunts, she learns how to become one of its members. She must undergo—along with her fellow inductees—various tests in order to assume a position in the faction.
The tests range from mental bravery to physical combat. As Tris (Beatrice’s new name) navigates her new faction, she faces dangers like becoming a target of her new enemies, some of the boys from Dauntless. She also forms solid friendships with several of the other minor characters, and develops a crush on Four, the mysterious boy who helps her become a member of Dauntless. Four helps her not only because he harbors feelings for Tris, but because he knows what it’s like to be an outsider himself.
For me, Divergent was a pretty good book. I’ve read better YA, but I like the world and the idea of carving out factions to keep the peace seems interesting to me. One thing I would like to see more of are more people who are secretly divergent. Not everyone can be just one way or the other. There has to be more people like Tris and Four.
I’m eager to know what happens once Tris and Four leave the city, because I want to know what else is out there. I want to find out if there’s more divergent teens and adults. If you like reading dystopian YA, the Divergent series is for you.