Divergent Read-A-Long: Chapters 1-10
The Divergent Read-A-Long is hosted by Nightly Reading. I'm very excited to participate in this read-a-long. Divergent has been in my TBR for awhile, and now with the movie coming out, this is the perfect time to read it.
So far the book has been interesting. It takes place in our distant future. Society is split into five factions: Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity, or Dauntless for political reasons. Each faction specializing in a specific dominant character trait. Beatrice Prior is the heroine of this book. The faction she grew up in is Abnegation. This faction is suppose to put everyone else's needs ahead of their own. Everything about this faction, from what they wear to what they eat, reflects on this.
When the children of this society turn 16 years old, they take an aptitude test to help them decide which faction to choose. Beatrice is having major issues with this because she doesn't really feel like she fits in to her current faction. But choosing a different faction means she'll have to abandon her family. After she takes the aptitude test, she discovers she's a Divergent. Which is dangerous, only we don't why.
There's a huge ceremony where everyone makes their choice. Un-shockingly Beatrice chooses Dauntless. It's not shocking because Beatrice has had a fascination with this group for a while. What is shocking is that her brother, Mr. Abnegation himself, chooses a different faction as well. This upsets their parents a lot. Well, not so much the mother as the father.
So Beatrice goes off to her new faction, but it isn't exactly what she's pictured. From the get-go the Dauntless are hardcore. They are apparently the fearless faction because they like to do dangerous things. However Beatrice is up for the task. She drops the Bea to her name and now goes by Tris. New beginning. New name. She also finds a core group of friends to hang with. However life isn't what they expected. The Dauntless only take a certain number of new recruits into their fold. They'll have to prove themselves worthy. Also their training is crazy. They have to fight each other and it's brutal. I was a little shocked by the brutality of it all. It's no worse than Hunger Games, though.
I'm excited to see where the next ten chapters are going. There seems to be some trouble brewing among the Dauntless leaders. Also Tris is an interesting character. I wonder how much this experience will change her. Or really what's going to happen at all. This is just the first ten chapters and Roth is still setting the scene. I've heard great things about this book, so I can't wait to continue. Till next week . . .