Recently, I’ve been reading the book Divergent by Veronica Roth. The book takes place in dystopian reality where all of the local community is divided into five factions. The reason for the divide into factions is because the leaders of the city/province had decided that it would put an end to conflict if they were to live with an be with people who were just like them.
It is like the ultimate in racial/cultural segregation. Each sixteen year old finds his or her place in society by taking a simulated test to see which of the five factions that they belong in.
Those who are divergent are those who don’t fit in with any one group, but instead, could be a part of multiple groups because they think in a way that is not specific to the types and mores of any of the type of factions. The main character in the book is divergent, and it puts her life in danger.
Also, there is rhetoric and fighting between the factions in the story, showing that separating into different groups did not solve the problems that the leaders had hoped that it would.
One of the most telling statements in the book is when the narrator says:
Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again.
Isn’t that the truth? We try to be good, but before long, all our resolutions and and our promises to do better fail. We always find our way back into a state of conflict with ourselves and with each other.
This is, of course, because of our own problem with indwelling sin. No matter how hard we try, we can’t rid ourselves of our flesh, and giving into our own fleshly inclinations, like in Divergent, isn’t a solution that ends up solving that problem.
As far as the book goes, it is a pretty average book in it’s genre. I like it. It’s entertaining. I read it because several of Emalee’s friends had read it, and she was curious about it. It ended up not being one that I recommend her reading before high school, but it was still a fun and entertaining read enough that I will be pursuing the sequel.