Thursday, October 20, 2011


Okay, first and foremost, you have to read this book. This is one of those ones that you just don’t want to stop reading. I probably would have read it in one sitting if I hadn’t had to go to school.
Divergent is set in the future, after the apocalypse. It focuses on one city where everyone has been split into five factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Candor, and Dauntless. Each faction stands for one virtue which they hold above all others: Abnegation for selflessness (everything about them is plain, and they’re exceedingly polite), Erudite for knowledge (they’re always studying, they have a reputation for being a bit shrewd), Amity for peace (they all are always happy and loving), Candor for honesty (they aren’t afraid of being brutally honest), and Dauntless for courage (they’re wild, risk-taking, and maybe even barbaric). When a child reaches sixteen, they have the choice to stay in the faction they grew up in or switch factions.
Beatrice has grown up in Abnegation, but she doesn’t think she’s really meant to be there. In the test that figures out the faction that she’s best suited to, she gets an odd result. Her examiner tells her furtively that she’s a Divergent –someone who is suited to more than one faction—and that being a Divergent is very dangerous. She keeps that quiet, but later that will come back to haunt her (don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything). In her choosing ceremony, she makes a, well, daring choice and chooses Dauntless. Renaming herself Tris, she makes some new friends and enemies in Dauntless (and maybe gets a love interest, too). Surprising herself and others with courage she never knew she had, Tris is sure to have an important future ahead of her—if she can survive initiation.
Again, I say: read this book! Seriously. DO IT. It’s available at Mt. Edgecumbe.


  1. Sounds interesting...kind of like Ayn Rynd's "Anthem". "Anthem" is written as the diary of Equality 7-2521, a young man living in a future in which people have lost all knowledge of individualism, to the point of not even knowing words like "I" or "mine." Everyone lives and works in collective groups, with all aspects of daily life dictated by "councils" -- the Council of Vocations, the Council of Scholars, etc. His curiosity leads him to forbidden discoveries and eventually to exile, where he makes the greatest discovery of all....try it, you might like it.

  2. Cool, I'll have to try that out! Thanks for the suggestion.