Divergent by Veronica Roth is an explosive and action-packed YA novel about social revolution in a dystopian future. It’s written in first person in the point of view of the heroine, Tris. This is such an amazing story, it’s so poignant in many ways, but the defining characteristic of Roth’s style is her reluctance to water the language down. She utilizes not only words most YA readers will have to look up, but she does it in such a way that it enhances the story. Her transitions are amazingly subtle which also adds to her personal style.
The culture of this futuristic Chicago is so deeply developed, it’s almost like reading a newspaper article. Roth really takes Tris to amazing places emotionally, building the strength of the character so that it doesn't become a gratuitous love story. Tris isn't strong because of Four, she’s strong with Four. This is a unique approach in a YA fantasy, and she structured it that way very deliberately. That’s number one of the list of reasons to love this book, it focuses on the social aspects of the world and the one reason this book has been so well received is the emotional applicability it champions. Another is the heroine Tris, who is not dependent on her lover for stability. She’s so strong and brave in her own way. Tris and Four are very much equal partners, and that’s a pretty new concept in the world of YA. Roth is so smart with her sequencing and arcs that despite the diction being somewhat more adult, kids will read it. This is a great story, written so brilliantly in a time where TV and video games are more important, young people will read it. Divergent is a book that brings people back to print in a century where reading is considered unusual, and that in itself is revolutionary, and so desperately needed.
A great read that is brilliantly written to help bring us back to reading. Which is a victory for the bibliophiles of the world.