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       The teen years are all about discovering yourself and choosing your personality, so it’s no wonder “Divergent” is number one on the YALSA book awards. Divergent is a dystopian novel about a sixteen year old girl named Beatrice Prior who lives in post-apocalyptic Chicago. The people who had survived the war that caused the apocalypse set up a government with five factions based on personality: Abnegation is for the selfless, Candor is for the honest, Amity is for the harmonic, Erudite is for the knowledgeable, and Dauntless is for the brave. All children are born into their factions, but when they turn sixteen, they are brought to a choosing ceremony where they choose to either stay with their home faction or where they change their factions. Beatrice Prior and her brother are born into an abnegation family. Before the choosing ceremony, Beatrice goes to take the aptitude test that is supposed to tell you what faction you belong in. Strangely, Beatrice’s tests are inconclusive also known as divergent. Beatrice does not understand the meaning of this dangerous word, so she ignores the test altogether and chooses Dauntless as her new faction. Meanwhile, she develops an epic romance with a trainer named Tobias a.k.a Four. Through several tests she understands the reason divergence is dangerous and she lies low with Tobias. However, a war is brewing between Abnegation and Erudite, because of Erudite’s lust for leadership. 

A serum brainwashes all the Dauntless trainers and initiates except for the Divergent. Tris finally understands that being divergent keeps her safe from the serums and she narrowly escapes the war with Tobias. The book ends with Roth foreshadowing that Tris, Tobias, and the survivors will create a rebellion against the Erudite who brainwashed Dauntless and killed Abnegation. The peaceful society Tris once knew has fallen. Overall I believe that the book is amazingly written, especially considering the fact that Veronica wrote this when she was still a student in college. Roth could not have done a better job with her character analysis and her plotline including the suspense and edginess of the whole novel. The way that she included the sharp action with the vivid romance was beautiful and the last time I have read a book that included those two genres together so fluently is Rowling’s Harry Potter. The one problem that I did have not with the book itself, but just the idea of the book is how Roth used “factions” in her novel. I believe what she was trying to accomplish was to show us readers what a dysfunctional society the world would be if this happened. If you have read the book already, I would highly suggest watching the movie if you haven’t already. The film stars Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Tobias and it truly is a masterpiece along with the book. I hope you enjoy the book!