In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions, each of which prize a particular virtue (intelligence, bravery, etc.). At age 16, children must choose which faction to belong to and changing factions means leaving all friends and family behind. Tris’s choice to leave the selfless faction for Dauntless is brutally hard and she has a secret to hide which will make things even harder.
Having heard such good things about Divergent and having generally enjoyed the dystopian craze, I was prepared to love this book. Unfortunately, the world building was completely unconvincing to me. Nothing about the society in Divergent made sense and I don’t believe our society could ever evolve that way. In addition, there was lots of artificially withholding information from the reader to make the plot more interesting. I did like Tris’s personality a lot. She wasn’t completely relatable, possessing a natural strength and ability to be violent I didn’t connect with, but I enjoyed that this made her distinct from many other YA heroines. The narration was spot-on and I was completely convinced Emma Galvin was a teenage girl.