Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Updated: May 12, 2020

Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)

Author: Veronica Roth

Pub: HarperCollins Publishers Inc in 2011

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Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions, all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone, including herself.

Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are - and if the man who threatens and protects her is really on her side.

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves...or it might destroy her.

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

(Veronica Roth, Divergent)

About the Author

Veronica Roth is an American writer known for her Divergent trilogy of science-fiction novels for young adults, which unfolds as a coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. Roth, who grew up in Barrington, Illinois, began writing at an early age and was an avid reader. Roth penned Divergent, the first instalment in the trilogy, over winter break during her senior year.[1]

Book Review and Analysis

The novel Divergent features a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago and follows Beatrice' Tris' Prior as she discovers her identity within a world that determines its people through their social and personal association with five groups (Amity, Candor, Erudite, Dauntless and Abnegation) and eliminates the possibility of someone expressing an individual will and re-threatening the population. A romantic subplot between Tris and one of her instructors in the Dauntless faction, called Four, underlies the action and the dystopian-focused main plot.[2]

The story revolves around the life of sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior. Other main characters in the novel include Tobias 'Four', the instructor to the initiates transferring into Dauntless; Caleb, the elder brother of Beatrice; Jeanine Matthews, the antagonist; Christina, a friend of Beatrice; Tori, the aptitude test administrator; Eric, Four's rival and a Dauntless leader; Peter, a transfer from Candor and Edward, a transfer from Erudite.

Roth has brought creativity and uniqueness to the various characters which successfully conjure up the various scenes in the story.

One's identity and family form the central theme of the story. The book portrays how the family dynamics of a person can drastically affect him/her.

The novel can be linked to various skills and aspects of real-life such as decision making and classroom environments. It teaches us that we need to put different facets into our lives in order to get a bigger vision and a different view of events.

The character I like the best in the story is the protagonist, Beatrice. As the story progresses, there is a notable change in her character. Upon leaving Abnegation, she is thrown into a dangerous world dominated by bullying colleagues, powerful authority figures, and a shadow government. Seeing this, Tris sheds her quiet, awkward appearance for a warrior in the span of a short time. While the transition is remarkable, Tris' account of her experience reveals just how challenging her change has been.

The author has succeeded in developing a coherent storyline The addictive plot of the story had kept me engaged from the very beginning till the end.

This is Roth's first venture into the world of dystopian fiction, and believe me, the book is unputdownable! If you were a fan of The Hunger Games, I think you'll definitely like this one.


1. Blumberg, N. (2019, October 4). Veronica Roth. Retrieved March 25, 2020, from

2. Wikipedia contributors. (2020, March 19). Divergent (novel). InWikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:35, March 25, 2020, from

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