The world fell apart. People determined the cause of the fall and, based on certain beliefs formed these five factions to work toward their own interpretation of the society and how they wished to improve it. The factions are Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (kindness), Candor (honesty), Erudite (knowledge), and Dauntless (bravery). In the world of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, when a child turns sixteen, he or she go through a series of aptitude tests to determine the faction where they will spend their rest of their lives. The choice will dictate their beliefs, livelihoods, loyalties, and even their friends. Beatrice, an Abnegation teen, has inconclusive results: she is Divergent, a word that holds connotations of fear in this society. As Beatrice becomes used to her new faction, she begins to find herself and to learn about this society’s true nature.
It took me awhile to get into this book. I found the set-up of the society to be utterly ridiculous. I couldn’t imagine why on earth people would decide to set up a society like that. Gradually, I accepted the setting and became more drawn into the story. I thought it had some great action scenes, and I loved the gradual unraveling of the society. It was fascinating to see how that kind of society affected the way people think. All in all, I greatly enjoyed and am looking forward to the sequel.