‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth – Dystopian Must-Read

Divergent by Veronica Roth is a gripping Sci-Fi story full of action and suspense, an unforgettable novel for those who read it.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction


At the age of 16, all teens must choose which of five factions they belong in. Erudite, Amity, Dauntless, Candor, or Abnegation (intelligent, peaceful, brave, honest, or selfless).

Beatrice Prior is faced with a difficult decision; choose her family’s faction, or embrace who she really is? When she’s made the decision, she believes that it was the right choice.

But this whole time, she’s been hiding a dangerous secret from her family and friends. It could cost her life if anyone found out. Is her city as harmonious as it seems, or is there something darker happening within its walls?

When I first began reading Divergent, I had no idea that I would love it as much as I do. I was first told about it by a friend of mine, who said that she’d heard that it was a great novel.

When I was looking for books to read, her words came back to mind, and I decided to try it out.

I was pleasantly surprised!

Divergent is set in a fictional dystopian world, yet still finds ways for us to relate to the characters. I immediately fell for the protagonist as soon as I began reading, as if I were a friend of theirs. The main characters are overall good role models, and the story has good morals.

Since I still couldn’t get over having finished the Hunger Games trilogy at the time that I began Divergent, and it helped me move on to a different group of novels. You get similar feelings while reading both of the stories, but overall their plots are quite different.

Trying to find your niche, your style, a job – it’s all very stressful, which is why I can relate to Beatrice when she has tough decisions to make. She is forced to make difficult choices, which her entire future relies on.

The book drags you into the story as soon as you begin, and you may even end up reading it in one sitting.

There is a lot of violence, involving people getting shot, and someone getting stabbed in the eye, which could be disturbing to younger readers. Characters fight each other, and are often injured. A girl is groped and insulted at one point by two guys. Someone commits suicide by jumping from a height. There are also mentions of sex, and some suggestive scenes.

I would recommend Divergent for ages 13+, or mature younger readers.

Let me know in the comments; Have you read Divergent before? What did you think?


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