Divergent by Veronica Roth
A Book Review
Imagine growing up in a family where you uphold the ideals of your parents. Only allowed to look in the mirror once a year, outfitted in the simplest, dull clothing, and devote oneself to others. Beatrice, the female protagonist of the novel, has struggled to be as kind as her mother, as calm as her older brother, and as good a civil servant as her father. Yet, she knows that she is different inside. Veronica Roth has woven a complex exploring theme that can convey philosophical debate, political messages, and the human nature of becoming oneself in a world of chaos. This dystopian society is carried over into the setting and the development of characters. I thought it was very cleaver of the author because it enhances the tone and plausibility. Some may argue with this, yet it is common practice now to give aptitude tests to our children and inject them with immunizations within our trusted government framework.
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Divergent is the debut novel by Veronica Roth and is the first of a series of the trilogy. It is a young adult's novel but can be enjoyed by a much older audience. My favorite quote in the novel was, "There is power in controlling something that can do so much damage- in controlling something, period." Tobias Eaton, better known as his nickname, Four, was my favorite character. He is later revealed to be the Dauntless transfer initiates' instructor. He has several remarkable developments within his character that is discovered as the plot thickens.