Book Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This book had all of the parts of Hunger Games, Animal Farm, and 1984 that kept me addicted, but with a definite twist. I couldn’t put it down and read it in a marathon 5 hour sprint.

Quick summary: In the protagonist’s world, society is divided into five sectors that are based on personality. Each section values something different: Honesty, Courage, Selflessness, Peace, or Knowledge. When you turn 16, you take an exam that helps you choose your future – once you choose, you can’t go back, and you can’t associate with your former family if you leave their section. To enter a section fully, you must pass an initiation period.

There’s much more, but I don’t want to spoil anything! This book is first of a series, but I haven’t read the second book yet (the third comes out in October). There were some notable quotes I liked, see below.

If we have little, and want for little, and we are all equal, we envy no one.

Valuing knowledge above all else results in a lust for power.

Those who want power and get it live in terror of losing it. That’s why we have to give power to those who do not want it.

Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.

Those who seek peace above all else will always deceive to keep the water calm.

Human reason can excuse any evil; that is why it’s so important that we don’t rely on it.

We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.

Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up.

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