Dates Started/Ended: Read both of these between January and February sometime.
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopia Fiction (I think I make up my own genres.)
Pages: 576 (Divergent) 592 (Insurgent)
I decided to do these two books as one post, since they are part of a trilogy. I picked up this book after seeing it on a board on Pinterest – “25 series to read if you like The Hunger Games.” I was a bit skeptical of these books, because I didn’t want to read another author’s rendition of The Hunger Games, and I was pleased with the books overall.
In this series, all of society is divided into 5 factions. When they become 16 they have a choosing ceremony to choose which faction they want to spend their life living for. The factions are based on virtues- honesty, bravery, intelligence, peacefulness, and selflessness. The main character, Beatrice, was born Abnegation (the selfless).
Before their faction choosing day, they take an aptitude test, unlike any we have ever experienced before. The testers inject them with a serum that causes them to enter a “simulation.” They monitor the person’s brain activity, and the way they interact with the events in the simulation determines the faction that they are the best fit for. Most people have results that show aptitude for one faction. However, the main character’s results show aptitude for multiple factions-Divergent-which she soon finds out is dangerous.
She is faced with the decision to abandon her family and her born faction, which is highly looked down upon, to go to a new faction for which she is better suited. She enters a competition in her faction to be the best among the initiates. Harboring her secret, during the competition she learns a lot about herself, her friends, and her “perfect” society.
The second book picks up right where the first one leaves off. War has broken out among the society and the factions. The characters are faced with choices about secrets that affect their family, their friendships, and even themselves. The second book is quiet the page turner.
What I love about this book: I love books that are set in this type of society. It really pushes you to think about side the box, and get to know the characters on a deeper level. I think authors that write these type of books are really creative, which is what makes the books so enjoyable to me.
The burning question: Was it as good as Hunger Games? I think it is going to be hard to find a series that will top Hunger Games, for me. It so far, has been a good trilogy, and certainly a good choice if you enjoyed the Hunger Games, but don’t expect this book to top the trilogy for you. But, then again, you never know!
The final book of this trilogy is coming out in October 2013. I am looking forward to reading it.