The Divergent series, written by Veronica Roth, is all about a split society and it’s revolutionists. At the beginning of the series Beatrice Prior, a 16 year old girl from Abnegation, one of the five factions of the city, has to choose in which of those she wants to live in. This decision changes her life drastically. The reader follows Beatrice not only on an exciting, but also dangerous journey in her life.
The books are mostly written from Beatrice’s point of view, making it easy to learn about her mind and way of thinking. The character makes progress and becomes stronger and smarter. What was once a girl noone saw as competitor because she was so weak, scared and especially because she was from Abnegation, the sector that fears selflove and is known to be weak, later becomes a strong girl others fear and know not to mess with. I found it amazing to watch her progress.
The books are each about 500 pages long, which can be very demotivating, but worry not, as soon as you’ve gotten into the flow of reading, you will not want to stop.I found myself being bored and putting the book away a couple of times during the first 50 pages or so, though that changed quickly. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant are easily read and understandable, even for those learning english as their second language. I only have one other negative comment – it was pointed out to me that the series reminded a little bit of the plot in The Hungergames.
There are a few things the Divergent series have in common with The Hungergames trilogy. Not only is there a split society in both, but also in both the once weak protagonist from an unimportant and hated sector of their city, turns strong and powerful. One might say, Veronica Roth read The Hungergames, then decided to write a series with similar aspects. However, this is a small criticism of an otherwise excellent trilogy.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves fiction and doesn’t mind the thick books. It’s definitely a page turner and blew me away.