This book is a YA dystopian fiction novel set in a future Chicago where the world has been divided into five factions.
// Dauntless - Bravery
// Amity - Friendship
// Abnegation - Selflessness
// Erudite - Knowledge
// Candor - Truth
Each faction has its own set of rules, ideals, and purpose in society, and they follow them completely. However, once a person turns sixteen, they must go through a simulation [a series of tests], that shows where they truly belong. After that, they go through a ceremony where they choose where they want to go, regardless of where the simulation said they would be.
Beatrice Prior, the protagonist of this tale, goes through the simulation with doubts about her place in the factions. She doesn't feel right in her current faction, Abnegation, but she also doesn't want to betray her family and move to a different faction. Once she takes the test, though, life gets immensely more complicated. Her test results show her to be inconclusive. AKA: Divergent.
After the ceremony, a name change, a love interest, and a new faction change her life - both for good and bad - Tris starts to feel that something big is happening. Everyone is being sneaky, sketchy, and there seems to be an uprising forming beneath the surface. But what's a girl to do?
I put off reading this book for awhile because I wasn't super sure that I would like it. But I DEFINITELY proved myself wrong! The book didn't take me but two days to read, and took me about 5 hours in total. The characters are extremely engaging, and even though there could be a little bit more development for her parents, I loved most everything about this book. I felt for her when she was participating in her new faction's training, I teared up when certain people died, and I got anxious when she did concerning Four.
Even though I already have a ton of books to read this semester, and also just bought another book, I'm probably going to buy the second book in this series pretty soon. Especially since it didn't take long to get through it. It reads about like the third Harry Potter book, so it's a pretty quick read without being for juvenile readers.
On a ten point scale, I'd give it: