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4.0 out of 5 stars loved it, 19 May 2011
This review is from: Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) (Paperback)
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Teen fiction, even teen dystopian fiction, can be very samey so it's great to see something a bit different. Especially a dystopian teen novel that's not about zombies or vampires (of which there seem to be a lot about lately!).

Our heroine, Tris, lives in a world where you are born into sects that chooses to promote one virtue above all others in the belief that the opposites of these virtues are what have caused wars. Hence those who believe that lies are the cause of strife are in the sect 'Candour'.Those who believe it was cowardice are in 'Dauntless', selfish = 'Abnegation', ignorance = 'Erudition', and unkindness = 'Amity'. Teens have to pick the sect they will belong to for life at the age of 16, and if they fail the initiation tests for their chosen sect they will end up a sectless outcast.

Tris begins her life in Abnegation but chooses Dauntless when the time comes for her to select her future sect. However our heroine is 'divergent' - she shows characteristics of more than one sect. To be divergent is to be different, and to be different is dangerous in this world.

There's a subplot involving dissent and strife between some of the factions (I don't want to give too much of the plot away so I shan't be any more detailed) but to be honest I felt this would have worked just as well without what felt like artificial 'raising of the stakes'.It also felt somewhat unrealistic that our teen heroine seems to be one of the few who has an epiphany that perhaps humanity should strive to be true, AND brave, AND kind, AND learned, AND honest!

All in all a very enjoyable way to pass a few hours, and I'll be watching out for some more of Ms Roth's work in the future.
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