This week I’m not just reviewing one book, but the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I really loved this series. If you haven’t heard of the book or the movie Divergent, you should check them out. These books are excellent. The characters are well-drawn and the writing is fast-paced and exciting. We are introduced to Beatrice Prior (known as Tris) on the eve of the “Choosing Ceremony” when the young adults are to choose which of the four factions they want to join. This is a world where you are told that faction is stronger than blood; and your alliance must be to only your faction.
The parallels between our world and Tris’ world make the books so interesting. This is where I myself got drawn in. My question is: exactly what is Veronica Roth saying about our society through these books? The city where Tris lives is divided into factions, and there seems to be no cohesiveness in the society. I drew comparisons to the non-cohesiveness in our own society. We also tend to stay in our own groups, and perhaps that is simply human nature, but the separateness in Tris’ society is much more obvious and extreme.
As you read the second and third books, Insurgent and Allegiant, you come to understand that this world is separated by more than just the five factions; there are also the faction-less; and then the Genetically Pure and the Genetically Damaged. The separations seem to go on and on, allowing extreme bad behavior by one group toward another, even though you understand that the Genetically Pure are assumed to be “better” than everyone else. However, humans are human and their behavior is the same as the other groups’, no better and no worse.
I don’t want to ruin this book for those of you who haven’t read it yet, so I’ll end there. Hopefully I’ve given those of you who haven’t read these books enough to think about and read them! If you have read them, let me know what you thought about what I said about the separations in the society, and how it affects the citizens in this community.