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Divergent  - Veronica Roth


This book might have rated higher if I hadn't read Uglies just recently. Granted the stories aren’t the same, but they feel exactly alike. In each case there’s a dystopian society divided up based on some criteria, with an underlying plot to manipulate the citizenry to gain/maintain power.

In Divergent there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for the different factions, which represent different attributes (wisdom, courage, honesty, selflessness, peacefulness). You are born and raised within a faction, given an aptitude evaluation at 16, but are still free to pick whichever one you want. And if you fail the initiation for your chosen faction, you get to be an outcast. Really? What’s the point of it all?

Beatrice (Tris), who was raised to be "selfless," has made the decision to leave her family and join the Dauntless. Nearly the entire book is taken up with her initiation, which consists mainly of lessons in facing down fear and beating your opponent to a pulp. Oh, and getting multiple tattoos. The main plot is only revealed at the very end of the book.

This is one more YA series where I’ll be stopping at Book 1.