I never imagined that a society so perfect, plain and ideal yet cancerous in its nature could exist. The system was planned to be ideal, but it was not. Again, like other dystopian novels, we see a post-apocalytic Chicago, with a new civilization divided into five factions. Five factions glorifying five virtues to eradicate hate and other worldly sins.
The story unfolds when a sixteen year old girl, Beatrice Prior, is about to take the biggest and most crucial step in her entire life, and that is to take the aptitude test that will determine where she truly belong - she can be a Dauntless where all the brave ones dwell, in Amity where peace is cultivated, she could be an Erudite where knowledge is glorified above all, in Candor where everyone’s not afraid to tell the truth or she could stay in Abnegation and continue the selfless life she lived for the past sixteen years with her loving family. But after the test she realized that maybe, for the first time in her life, she could defy everything that she believes and become the girl she’s born to be. A string of twists happened after she made that vital choice, friends were made, enemies were gained, she met a boy and she’s struggling to keep a dangerous secret, fatal in its nature.
I was fascinated with the existence of five seemingly harmonious factions and how Ms. Roth differentiated one from the other, from their personalities down to what color of clothes the Abnegation’s wear. But I also think that the idea of a human being allowing himself to surrender his natural instincts just to embrace a single virtue is quite far fetched. What I mean is that the five divisions presented in the novel doesn’t really serve it’s purpose, when subjected under thorough scrutiny, other factions exercise seemingly pointless activites e.g. Dauntless people are actually forever living up to their train-jumping ritual when it proves what? An Abnegation can jump inside a train too!
In another vein, I already set my bar of expectation a little bit higher while I was reading this book, I was constantly waiting for some major twists that I did not think of beforehand, I did not get excited on the parts that I should be thrilled, I was actually looking for more, more revelations, what really is a Divergent, what other things could a Divergent do, but sadly, Veronica Roth did not answer my question, I got a very bland answer. Also, several of the deaths later in the book did not bring an emotional impact, though the story is not short of crispy twists that made me want to double my reading speed and I’m not saying that Divergent doesn’t deserve the attention that its receiving right now.
A fun read, plain entertaining. Nonetheless, I’m already excited to continue the story.