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Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Jul 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 7th-grade-shelf, 8th-grade-and-up, a-7th-and-8th-grade-middle-school-t, award-winner, high-school-and-beyond, modern-dystopia
Recommended for: Hunger Games fans!

To preserve peace in the future US, factions have been set up in the nation. Each focuses on fulfilling a societal function. Abnegation provides selfless public servants for the administrators of the government. Amity are caregivers and farmers; they are willing to preserve peaceful relations. Erudite is what it sounds like, scholarly explanations and analysis. Candor can be trusted to say exactly what they think. Dauntless provides the military and police; these are people who are trained to face their fears and to react to physical challenges successfully. There are also the factionless, those who are cast out or chose out for individual reasons. These are people who have extremely limited resources in this brave new world.

Each group is completely segregated and has been for generations fostering some derision between the factions. Children are raised in their family factions and at age 16 choose to stay or move to a different faction. If they choose a different faction, they will give up their family.

The fabric is beginning to fray and to the sharp observer there is trouble in paradise. In this situation Beatrice comes of age. She does not fit in her family of Abnegation- she knows she must choose a new faction, and she doesn’t know what to do. On the eve of choosing day each 16 year old is tested privately to help discover their suitable faction. Beatrice finds as she finishes the test that she is Divergent; a person who can think from different points of view. The test is not going to help her, and more than that, she must Never disclose that she is Divergent, Divergent is Dangerous, Divergent are eliminated.

Ultimately Beatrice chooses Dauntless and is literally tossed into a violent struggle for survival amid the merely random and the truly sadistic members of Dauntless. She is small and has to use wits, verve and speed to succeed. She is befriended by Four, one of the leaders who helps her and for the first time in her life she has friends and unfortunately, enemies.

As her initiation passes Tris notices evidence of a nefarious plot to upset the power balance in the land. All her divergent creativity will be needed to endure this new challenge.

This is certainly action / adventure with some interesting bits about the nature of friendship, xenophobia, and the manipulation of information to control populations.

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