Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 28/02/2012

Hello my fellow Bookworms and page turners,

We are back into the warm embrace of a fantasy series again this time we are looking at book one in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth which is a series of stories and epilogues set in a dystopian Chicago.

As I said Divergent is based in future dystopian world where the everyone at the age of 16 goes through an evaluation in order to be divided into one of five factions (Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite) for the rest of their lives… Well not if our female lead has anything to say about it.

The premise follows our main character female lead ‘Tris’, as she covertly breaks the status-quo and joins a faction to which she was not matched. What follows is a series of challenges for her and other batch mates for the Dauntless initiation, and surviving it means being able to join the society and upholding the faction’s beliefs.

Failure is not an option, as it means either death or worse, factionless.. 

Although the pacing was slow to start, it soon picked up and became quite the gripping adventurous romp. It did run dangerously close to becoming a Hunger Games knock off. This is because as it does have a number of running parallels, such as A teenage female heroine, factions, government control / uprising, and a dystopian setting. However, these things were handled much differently between the two books. There were areas where one outshined the other and I am not going to spend my entire review comparing the two. I am just stating that while there are similarities, they are two very different books.

Roth, creates an interesting set of characters, a world and a narrative that tackles issues like tyranny, unjust rule, and the corruptness that comes with the selfish possession of power.

So if you’re looking for another worthy book to add to your dystopian collection, you probably don’t need to look any further.

Until next time, read more books!

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