A book that diverges from the norm

Allissa Aardema and lakecentralnews

Veronica Roth’s debut novel, “Divergent,” has captured the attention of teens and adults alike, plunging them into a dystopian Chicago.

Beatrice Prior belongs to the Abnegation faction, a part of her society whose people value selflessness over all else. But Beatrice doesn’t believe that she belongs to the faction she has grown up in, and what follows is a journey to not only discover where she belongs, but who she is as a person.

The first book in an installment of three, “Divergent” has a unique storyline that rivals “Twilight” as well as “The Hunger Games.” The fact that there are five different factions allows the reader to identify with certain characters that they believe they share similar characteristics with. The first-person point of view allows the reader to see exactly what Beatrice’s thoughts are through each situation.

“Divergent” is full of action and adventure, adding in romance and surprising twists to entertain as well as captivate the reader. The book is easy to follow and entertaining, appealing to people of all ages.

I would give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Although Roth uses a lot of creativity in her writing, some of the twists that she adds are predictable at times. Overall, however, Roth’s story is a fantastic book that will continue to enthrall audiences for years to come.

The movie version of “Divergent” is to be released to theaters March 21 this year.