This book was recommended to me by a friend. I hesitated picking it up for a while because, knowing that it was a YA book set in a dystopian Chicago, I thought it would be filled with pages and pages of teen angst. Ok, so there was some teen angst, but there wasn’t so much that it distracted the reader from the focus of the story.
In a world where you choose a community to live in based on your personality, having an open mind, split personality – or what they call Divergent – is a dangerous thing. Beatrice, born in raised in the Abnegation faction (selflessness) decides to transfer to the Dauntless (brave or tough) faction when all 16 year-olds are forced to chose which faction they will spend the rest of their lives in. Before they chose, they undergo testing to help them decide which faction would best suit them. Beatrice learned at her testing that she was in fact Divergent – showing signs of having strong traits from more than one faction. Luckily for Beatrice, the instructor who conducted the testing was a Divergent sympathizer so fudged the test results to hide the truth. Not knowing why being divergent was dangerous, Beatrice tries to fit in a new faction without letting out her secret. Beatrice proves herself in her new faction, but she’s finding it harder and harder to hide the fact that she is divergent. In trying to find out why Divergents are considered dangerous, she finds herself mixed up in a war between factions for the power of the city.
I enjoyed reading this and look forward to finding out what happens next, in Insurgent.