decides your friends
defines your beliefs
determines your loyalties - forever
can transform you
These are the words that appear on the back of my copy of Divergent. The power of ONE CHOICE is what attracted me to Roth's story. Of course, all the hype surrounding the upcoming movie release is what motivated me to pick up this one sooner rather than later. In short, I'm glad I did.
Roth propels us into her world of factions: Abgenation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Beatrice lives in Abgenation and has been raised to serve others and to be selfless in all she does. At the age of sixteen, she is approaching the Choosing Ceremony with her peers; she will get to make the choice of continuing to live a selfless life or to choose a different path altogether. One thing is certain . . . her life is about to drastically change.
Roth has created a truly fascinating world, divided into characteristics or values that we all feel to be important to the success of our lives. The difference is she breaks it down, focusing on each value individually via the assigned faction. The hunger for knowledge is separate from selflessness. The pursuit of happiness and peace stands apart from truth and honesty. And, bravery stands alone. I was enthralled by this story from the beginning on a multitude of levels . . . the concept of factions, the seemingly simple ways to break down desirable human characteristics, and Beatrice's coming-of-age story. I cannot wait to see where Roth goes in the rest of the trilogy.
I could continue to talk details of Divergent, but I will leave you with one quick summary . . . Divergent is truly that - a different kind of story and one that leaves you pondering. It is one that you want to read, maybe even for a book club!
Have you entered the world of Roth's factions? What are your thoughts about Beatrice's path?