Jacqueline Wilson has done it. Stephanie Meyer has done it. Suzanne Collins has done it. And now, Virginia Roth has done it; created a whole new immersing world. A world that you’re drawn into, that you want to live in. In Harry Potter, you have the four houses (Gryffindor all the way WHOOP! WHOOP!) and Suzanne Collins has all the sectors but Virginia Roth has come up with a completely new idea, a completely original idea which draws the reader in, identifying with characters. It’s different factions.
Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite. Five different sectors for five different personalities. Abnegation values selflessness, Amity values peace and harmony, Candor values the truth and honesty, Dauntless values bravery and Erudite values the quest for knowledge. Just by reading this review, already you will be thinking to yourself: “Where do I belong? Which faction do I fit into?” And that exact reaction is what makes Divergent so immersing right from the beginning, even before there’s no plot to speak of whatsoever.
However, obviously as the book continues, a plot does start to become apparent. The story follows Beatrice, a 16 year old girl who has grown up in Abnegation. Soon, she will have to decide which faction to grow up in. She takes a test to find out which faction she has an aptitude for and her results show that she’s Divergent. What this means is that she has an aptitude for more than one faction. Immediately, Beatrice realises that Divergence is not a good thing. She is told not to say a word about it to anyone, not even her family.
Beatrice then has the difficult decision to make about her faction. She has an aptitude for three but which one should she go for? Her choice and subsequent consequences lead her to an irresistibly attractive boy and a very, very large conspiracy theory.
One of the reasons why I loved this book (and it’s sequel, Insurgent) so much is because it had a bit of everything. It had so many features of different genre of book it’s impossible to categorise it in any way. It has, action, crime, romance, comedy and everything in between. And there’s a link. All of the authors listed at the top of the review don’t really have specific genres and yet they’re all so successful. In my opinion, this easily compares to the Hunger Games and Twilight so don’t be surprised any time soon if you see Divergent with a huge waiting list in the library.