In a dystopian future Chicago, people have been divided into five groups based on personality, so that each can contribute to society in a distinct way. Abnegation – the self-effacing caregivers, Erudite – the intellectual inventors, Dauntless -the brave security force, Amity -the peaceful providers, and Candor the forthright leaders. Citizens are tested when they turn 16 to help them decide which faction to spend their lives with. Beatrice Pryor has been raised in the Abnegation faction, but when she is tested, she learns that she is Divergent – with strong links to several personality traits. Now Beatrice must decide whether to remain with her family, or leave them behind forever and choose a faction which will allow her to reflect her true nature.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
An exciting, action-filled book which kept you on the edge of your seat. The stakes are high, with violence and potential death on nearly every page. Beatrice is a well developed heroine who shows extreme bravery, but still has flaws and anger issues that make her a teenager with recognisable goals and reactions. The world building is excellent with the fast paced initiation scenes, fear landscape, testing serums, and colour coded wardrobes of the factions. The use of crumbling Chicago landmarks and buildings added an off-kilter sense of place. We can’t wait to see the film!