I recently read the first book in a series. It was called Divergent and I absolutely loved it. I loved the cliffhangers, I loved the way the author told us more and more about the main character’s past and feelings as we went along, and I loved how the exciting parts are perfectly spaced out. I loved how the book takes place in the future but it’s hard to tell. It’s great.
The main character is a girl named Beatrice. Her society is divided into five factions, and each faction values something: Erudite values knowledge, Abnegation values selflessness, Dauntless values bravery, Candor values honesty, and Amity values kindness. Beatrice was born in Abnegation, and has grown up feeling like she just isn’t selfless enough to belong. Aptitude tests tell you which factions you have an aptitude for, and her results are inconclusive. She has an aptitude for three factions (Erudite, Abnegation, and Dauntless) which means she is called ‘Divergent’. The next day is the Choosing Ceremony, which is where you choose which faction you want to be in for the rest of your life. Most people stay in the same faction, but some switch factions. When it’s your turn, a man gives you a knife and you make a cut on your hand. There are five bowls, each with something in it and each representing a faction: The bowl with the coals represents Dauntless, the bowl with the stones represents Abnegation, the bowl with the water represents Erudite, the bowl with a bit of dirt represents Amity, and the bowl with the glass represents Candor. She switches factions to Dauntless and changes her name from Beatrice to Tris. What adventures and challenges will Tris face in Dauntless? You’ll only find out if you read Divergent!
The second book in the series is Insurgent and the third is Allegiant. I’m currently reading Allegiant and so far I think Divergent is the best one in the series.
On a scale from one to ten, I think Divergent scores a perfect nine. If you read my other posts, you know how high that is on my radar. Insurgent is 7 and a half and Allegiant is eight. I love Divergent because it has almost every type of event, from relationship stuff to battle stuff to almost scary, exciting stuff.
I highly recommend Divergent.