Katherine Tegen Books, 2011
FORMAT: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Distopian
Ages: 14 to 18
I know, I am slow on the uptake for reading this book! And I can see why everyone is talking about it. It. Is. Amazing. End of story. And if you don’t go and put this book on hold just from that, let me tell you why else you should read it.
Tris lives in a futuristic Chicago where everyone is divided into factions based on what is important to them: knowledge, selflessness, kindness, truth, or bravery. Tris grows up in Abnegation (the selfless) but struggles with always thinking of others. When she takes her test to see what group she belongs with, she finds out that she is Divergent. She doesn’t relate to just one faction. And that is a dangerous thing. In order to save her sanity she joins the Dauntless faction (the brave).
In Dauntless she soon learns that not everything is as it seems. There is more to being brave than just doing crazy things. And in Dauntless she also meets Four. He is the instructor for all the Dauntless initiates.
With a good dose of dystopian science fiction and a touch of romance, this is one good book for those looking to find something as satisfying as The Hunger Games. Well done, Roth. Well done.
Book Discussion Questions:
What faction would you want to join? Why?
Why doesn’t the faction system work? Why did it work at one time?
What faction is to blame for the corruption?
Why did Four leave his faction? Why did Tris?
What is evil? Who is evil? Why?
Dauntless is for the brave. Sometimes what they have Tris and the others do is more dangerous and risky than brave. Why did it change? What is the difference between bravery and stupidity?