Divergent Book Review


Book cover for Divergent by Veronica Roth.

MacKenzie Soltis

Book cover for Divergent by Veronica Roth.



Divergent is a dystopian, young adult (YA) book written by Veronica Roth. This book was the first book that she published and is followed by two more books in this series called Insurgent and Allegiant. Set far in the future in the city of Chicago, the rest of the world is unknown to the people in the city because the city is enclosed in a large wired fence. Society is split into five factions based on virtues that the people think are the most important, and everyone in the city has to choose a faction to be in for the rest of their lives when they turn 16.

The main character in this book is a 16-year-old girl named Beatrice (Tris) Prior, who has to choose which faction she lives in. She has the choice between her current faction, Abnegation (the selfless), or Erudite (the intelligent), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave), and Candor (the honest). The choice that Beatrice makes sets the whole story and later reveals new things that she wouldn’t have expected to happen in the world she lives in.

I love the idea in the book of having different factions based on characters’ personalities or abilities. Although I don’t think it would work in real life, this idealistic way of thinking is perfect for a YA book and is, in fact, one of my favorite themes for any book, like The Maze Runner and Hunger Games.

In fact, this book is like the book Hunger Games, in the sense that they are both about a destroyed world and their “government” thinks that they have a perfect system to make the citizens’ lives perfect and flawless. Both books have female leads who make a big decision that changes their lives and the people around them as well. In my opinion, Divergent is more thought-provoking than the Hunger Games, so it is my favorite between the two.

This book also has unexpected romance, which for me (as a teenaged girl) is something that always makes books and movies that much better. This book is everything I want: the unexpected romance, action, mystery and thrilling turns of events that left me on the edge of my seat wanting more. I honestly couldn’t put this book down.

Between the book and the movie there aren’t too many big differences that I noticed, but I still prefer the book over the movie. Even though I realize that you can’t fit every little detail from the book into the movie, there are some small details that weren’t the same that I feel would have been an easy fix. The only movie in this series that didn’t follow the book was the last movie, Allegiant. The ending of the movie in Allegiant didn’t follow the same storyline as the book did. Allegiant came out in 2016 and the ending made it seem like there would be another book to maybe make the ending seem somewhat closer to the book? But now it’s 2019 and there still isn’t another movie to satisfy the Divergent readers who were disappointed by the last movie. Regardless of the few things I didn’t like, this book series is one of my favorites and I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys dystopian books.