What if society was divided into five factions – where each faction is dedicated to just one virtue – and you could only belong to one? What if you could never be with your family again when you turn sixteen? What if you have no idea where you belong in society? And what if you do, but you’re not ready to face reality just yet?
These were the questions that sixteen-year-old Beatrice (or Tris, as she renames herself later on) kept struggling with for weeks until Choosing Day – the day she must choose which faction to belong in for the rest of her life. For about 95% of her peers, the Choosing Ceremony was nothing to be concerned about, for they were all apt to stay in the same faction where they grew up with their families. However, it was more complicated for Beatrice – it would be a decision between staying with her family and claiming her true identity. On Choosing Day, Beatrice makes a surprising choice that changes everything – her life, her family, and herself.
In this thrilling sci-fi novel set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, Veronica Roth brings to life the one big theme that all adolescents struggle with everyday – one’s true identity. Incorporating other key themes such as love, family, and sacrifice into her masterpiece, Roth tells an action-packed, captivating story that will sweep both adolescents and adults off their feet, but also one with invaluable life lessons.
By: Isabel Kim
Roth, Veronica. Divergent. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011. Print.