The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth is the latest series of books to attract the attention of teenagers and young adults everywhere. This trilogy follows the life of a young girl, Tris, as she makes life changing decisions to leave her parents, home and birth faction to join the controversial Dauntless faction. Along the way there are stories of war, decisions that affect all of humanity and a love interest that helps readers to understand Tris’ personal side. Two books from this trilogy have been released to date, Divergent and Insurgent. Divergent focuses more on Tris’ decision to leave her family and the process of selecting a factor that all teens must undergo in this post-apocalyptic society. It also allows the reader to discover Tris’ anomaly that makes her decision between five factors that much more difficult and means she might truly not fit in anywhere at all. The second book delves deeper into the history behind Tris’ family and the ensuing war that has the potential to destroy all of humanity. Each book does a good job of taking the story one step further, and they both are well written and easy to read. These books have similarities to other recent tween hits, specifically the Hunger Games Trilogy, and would appeal to the same audience with ease. Factions are easily equated to Districts, the female lead in both is somewhat of a superhero and both contain a love story that is important to the overall plot. While there are certainly similarities, as noted, the Divergent series is unique enough to hold its own and will not feel like a repeat of books read in the past. The Divergent series is a great read for anyone looking for a real page turner, filled with action and written in a style that is easy to read. It will be interesting to see if the third book in this series meets this reader’s high expectations when it is released sometime next year.
July 31, 2012
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