I admittedly avoiding reading this series. I couldn't be bothered with another YA dystopian adventure where teenagers save a broken world. The entire context of the plot is too far fetched for me. I work with teens everyday - trust me when I say, if this world (which is our own kind of dystopia) comes to an end, we are screwed. Even our smartest kids are lost without absolute direction.
But, I must confess I enjoyed the book. It's an action packed adventure that has new conflict on every page. Roth weaves an interesting metaphorical tale about human tendencies and carefully constructs an idea that we are all a bit divergent. None of us can truly be all-knowing (Erudite), honest (Candor), selfless (Abnegation), peaceful (Amity), or brave (Dauntless). Yet, we all possesses some of these qualities some of the time. The context of the novel indicates that each of these specialties should be separated, but in truth, they work together seeking a universal truth among a struggled idea. Nice paradox there Ms. Roth (23 years old and rocking a book series and movie contract!).
Showing great bravery, she chooses to leave her faction and family behind to join Dauntless - a thrill-seeking, brave, adrenaline junkie faction that serves as the protector of their nation. (Isn't that selfless in a way....ay, there's the rub). She meets ruthless other teens that have become a part of Dauntless, and through a series of challenges, reigns supreme amongst the recruits while keep her divergence a secret. Oh, and she falls in love with a boy. Of course she finds a boy - Four. Another intricately written and complex character. Each faction lives their own lives in their own way; borders are not crossed.
However, as we all know, peace can't last forever. An uprising in the Erudite faction over the way the Abnegation faction handles the central government leads to a simulated civil war in which the new Dauntless are controlled through government power. But not Beatrice, she can't be controlled, she's Divergent.
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