Divergent Book Review

Review of my thoughts and feelings on the book, Divergent.
The first book of the series, Divergent by Veronica Roth.
The first book of the series, Divergent by Veronica Roth.
Image/Graphics by Mollie Hall

While the recent release of The Hunger Games prequel has ignited discussions among fans of dystopian fiction, Veronica Roth’s Divergent remains a must-read for those seeking a captivating and thought-provoking dystopian narrative. This thrilling tale explores themes of choice, trust, and love amidst a backdrop of societal upheaval and danger. 

I have always enjoyed reading dystopian books, and in my opinion, Divergent is one of my favorite books in this genre. Divergent is one of those books that, once you begin reading, you will not want to put down. Once I finished reading Divergent, I wanted to re-read it the minute it ended. It is by far the best dystopian book I have ever read. It is written well and is very easy to read. The writing is simple and worded very well. While reading this book, I could feel the emotions and thrill of every event happening. I highly recommend reading this book, and I am sure you will get lost in the Divergent world once you start reading. If you like to read and love dystopian books I highly recommend this book. A book reviewer named Laura says, “ What I love about this story is how real the characters and the setting all feel, despite the dystopian setting, which is all down to Roth’s genius. Each character is flawed, some more than others, and this made it easy to relate to them as a reader, and I found that I actually cared about what happened to the characters.” This is very true, as when I was reading this book, I really felt the moment of every event. Laura also states, “ When they felt sad, I felt sad; when they felt pain, I felt pain, and when they felt happy, I felt happy. It is rare that you find a book where you can truly share your emotions with the characters, but Divergent is one of those gems.” Laura’s words speak the truth about Divergent

Divergent is a lengthier novel with 487 pages. Instead of being divided into sections based on different characters’ perspectives, it is organized into chapters. In Divergent the society is divided into factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). The main character, Beatrice, or rather Tris, is born in Abnegation. Her ingrained selflessness has always been a source of conflict, but her test revelation shatters her perception of herself. Labeled as divergent, she is now considered a threat to the rigid social order. On the choosing day, she chooses a faction and has to live her life trying to keep her divergence a secret. The faction she chooses teaches her new skills, and she later finds out that she must use them. The world has changed dramatically, and she has to fight her way through. Divergent is an action-packed book with many twists and turns. 

Divergent was released on March 21, 2014, in the United States. Some of the characters you will be reading about are Tris, Four, Christina, Eric, Will, Peter, and Edward. These are only a few characters that will be witnessed. Divergent is the first book of a series. The order of the series is Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and then an extra book on the character Four. Four was released in 2014 and presents a series of short stories told from Four’s perspective. I really enjoyed reading Divergent, and I think you will too.

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Mollie Hall, Staff Writer
My name is Mollie Hall. I’m a sophomore at West Branch High School. After school, I enjoy four-wheeler riding, hunting, and hanging out with friends. My favorite school subject is history.