A great mix of action, romance and political intrigue

divergentTITLE = DIVERGENT

AUTHOR = VERONICA ROTH

GENRE = ACTION, ADVENTURE, FUTURE

INTEREST LEVEL = YEAR 9 AND UP

It is a strange new world that Veronica Roth has created in this novel, which makes for an exciting experience for readers. It is a world with different and distinctive factions (or communities). Out narrator, Tris, has been brought up in the Abnegation faction who are the rulers of this world, due to their ideology of selflessness. But Tris has reached the age where she is able to choose which faction she will live in for the future: she may opt to stay in the faction of her birth or choose one of the other factions (Candour – which values honesty; Erudite – which values knowledge; Dauntless – which values courage or Amity – which values love and happiness). During the choosing process Tris discovers that she is a divergent, which means she could be well suited to any of the 5 factions in her world. Unfortunately, in this future world, divergence is seen as dangerous; so not only must Tris keep her ability a secret it also means she cannot ask for help in choosing her faction. When she chooses the Dauntless faction, Tris then embarks on a rigorous training program that will test her skill, her strength and her stamina. And success is not assured even for the feisty and determined Tris (as she must hide her divergent skills).

Readers will be swept along with Tris as she battles to prove her worth and establish friendships amongst her new faction (and to survive against those who compete against her). The action and intrigue becomes quite gripping especially when Tris realises that a rebellion may be afoot, a rebellion which will threaten her family, her future and her friends. Readers will certainly be on the edge of their seats awaiting the outcome of both physical and political battles of will. An exciting, action packed story awaits.

If you liked “The Hunger Games” series, then you are sure to enjoy this novel.

Highly Recommended (dma) *****

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