Author: Veronica Roth
Page Count: 487
Age Recommendation: 12+
Hi everyone, sorry I didn’t have this up yesterday like I promised. But without further ado, let’s get started.
I finished this book in about a day, and you probably already know by the page count, this is not a skinny book. I am going to tell you about the book (like always), but it’s confusing so bear with me.
This is a dystopian fiction novel aimed toward young adults.
Basically the world is split up into 5 factions; Abnegation, Amity, Dauntless, Candor, and the Erudite. Each person in a faction has to value that faction’s trait. Each faction acts the way they think why the world fell apart. The Abnegation are selfless; they cannot look in mirrors, wear anything but gray, do their hair fancy, or go shopping, except for once every 6 months to buy the same gray clothes they always wear. The kids cannot talk at the dinner table unless the adult (or parents) ask them to. They can only eat plain food–chicken, peas, carrots, etc. They basically cannot do anything pleasurable because it is considered as an act of selfishness.
The Amity are peaceful, they are not described much in the book so I can’t say too much about them, because I don’t know about them. They believe mankind fell apart due to violence.
The Dauntless are the brave. They protect the city from threats . . . and they do stupid things because they think it’s “brave.” They jump off of and into trains, also referred to as cars in the book, and climb high things, just anything dangerous.
The Candor are the honest–they never lie, they tell you what they feel and think about you, not thinking twice about it. They have to admit when they did something bad and tell their opinion.
The Erudite are the intelligent. They spend their time studying, just trying to gain more knowledge.
This novel follows a girl named Beatrice Prior, later is known as Tris. She, her mother, father, and brother Caleb, are Abnegation. She is about 16–she doesn’t know for sure because it is considered selfish if you celebrate your birthday or acknowledge it. She knows she is about 16 because her and everyone else in her grade have to take a “test.” It is called the Aptitude Test and it tells you what faction you belong in because when you around 16 you can choose whether you want to stay in the faction you were born into, or change into a different one at the Choosing Ceremony. Before the Aptitude Test, you get this injection and it sorta knocks you out. You are imagining things and you have to make decisions. The decisions you make get rid of one faction. For example, if a mean dog comes growling at you about to attack and you can grab cheese, a knife, or wrestle it, with a little kid by the puppy, and you choose a knife to attack it, it shows that you are probably Dauntless. However in some circumstances the results may come back inconclusive. This means that you did not show just one faction personality. If your aptitude is equal for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite you are . . . Divergent. It is very dangerous to be one, you can manipulate this thing called the simulation and you are immune to a serum that makes you kill. If people find out, they will kill you. And fast. Beatrice finds out she is one of these people.
At the Choosing Ceremony you must cut your hand with a knife and drop your blood into one of the five metal bowls of the faction you choose. In the bowl for Abnegation, gray stones, water for Erudite, earth for Amity, lit coals for Dauntless, and glass for Candor.
Once you choose you have to go through initiation. If you fail that, you become factionless. You are basically homeless, and you have to do the bad jobs. Like cleaning toilets, etc. If you choose a different faction than you were born into, it is considered betrayal to your parents…but once you turn 16, you are considered an adult and you have to get a job, live on your own, and all that stuff. Your parents get one visiting day if you choose a different faction, but most don’t see their children because the children betrayed them.
Tris chooses Dauntless, people die, things happen. At the end of the story the Erudite (intelligent), put these devices in all of the Dauntless initiates and it makes them kill all Abnegation people. Erudite hates the Abnegation. Beatrice and her boyfriend are immune to the device for that causes trouble. I don’t want to give too much away. Sorry. Please read, it is incredible.
Next book in the chilling Divergent series: Insurgent.
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Books I want to read next
- The Kill Order
- The Fault in Our Stars