Gain Bravery in Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent: Veronica Roth
Review by Casey Cook
Most people assume bravery means without fear and to be able to stand up to your fears. Veronica Roth has a different meaning of bravery in her novel Divergent (first of the Divergent trilogy). Her main character, Tris (formerly known as Beatrice) must tackle multiple fears to find out what that meaning is.
In a post-war world, people are split into five factions that value a single virtue and they blamed the counterpart as the problem of mankind.
“Those who blamed aggression formed Amity…Those who blamed ignorance became Erudite…Those who blamed duplicity created Candor…Those who blamed selfishness made Abnegation…And those who blamed cowardice were the Dauntless.”
Tris comes from Abnegation where they value selflessness, but she never feels like she belongs there. She quickly finds out why she never felt that way when she finds out that she is divergent. This means having qualities of multiple factions, not just one. Leaders of each faction believe that society functions at best when each value is kept separated, making divergent people dangerous to society.
With the rising trends of child violence, Divergence doesn’t miss a beat. At the age of sixteen Tris must undergo several life threatening, violence filled situations that makes up the initiation process. Roth takes modern-day hazing to a whole new level.
Tris comes across her first initiation challenge and she’s wondering if she made the right choice of faction. This was Tris’s first challenge, jumping off a building,
“I look at the hole again. Goose bumps rise on my pale arms, and my stomach lurches. If I don’t do this now, I won’t be able to do it at all. I swallow hard. I don’t think. I just bend my knees and jump.”
Though she may not be as smart as an Erudite (who value knowledge) Tris is smart and able to prevail through impossible odds by overcoming fears and challenges like the choice of leaving her family or leaving herself. Tris contemplates the biggest moment in her life and, “It will require a great act of selflessness to choose Abnegation, or a great act of courage to choose Dauntless, and maybe just choosing one over the other will prove that I belong.”
In this world about conformity and unity, kids must figure out where they belong. For some, the choice is easy: stay with your family and continue life as you already are. Others choose the hard path, leave the nest and never look back. Those people are forced to change everything about who they were to become who they will choose to be.
This book is about individuality and being who you really are even if that means hurting the ones you love to follow your dreams. Roth shows the struggles that teenagers face while trying to figure out who they are. Though the challenges Tris face are more extreme, teenagers face similar situations in the real world with the same anxieties of being put in a new setting.
Tris struggles with figuring out who her friends really are and must deal with a new love with a boy who is sometimes serious and sometimes caring, but always handsome. A good book is never complete unless it has a love story in it. And this love story is compelling and heartbreaking at the same time.
Divergent is amazing and an incredible story, and it’s only the beginning. Following Divergent is Insurgent and wrapping up the trilogy is Allegiant. Of which will all be as exciting and thrilling as the first book.
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Veronica Roth (born August 19, 1988) is an American novelist and short story writer known for her debut New York Times Bestselling novels Divergent and Insurgent. Her third book titled Allegiant, completing the Divergent trilogy, was released in October 2013. She is the recipient of the Goodreads Favorite Book of 2011 and the 2012 winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.