When Beatrice reaches the age of 16 she, like all others her age, is given a test to determine which of the five factions she most fits into. Although the choice of which faction to join as an adult is hers alone, the test can help to solidify a choice. To Beatrice’s surprise, her results are inconclusive. She’s divergent – capable of fitting into several of the factions. This makes her dangerous to the people in charge, and she desperately hides her divergent nature. Joining a faction and renaming herself Tris, she tries her best to fit in with her new surroundings, but danger lurks around every corner and Tris must fight for her life while wondering who to trust.
This book was fast-paced and a quick read that kept me turning the pages. I never really doubted whether Tris would end up with the mysterious young man she becomes attached to, but then I can’t think of the last time I was ever in doubt reading this sort of young adult book. There were several aspects that made me question some of the underlying logic of the factions, but they are spoilers, so I won’t detail them here. In the end, I would recommend this book to fans of dystopian young adult fiction. There is enough action that boys would most likely be interested, but it is clearly being marketed to girls.