Sometimes you just have to see what all the fuss is about. After an unsuccessful attempt to step away from our post-apocalyptic genre choices, we were sucked back in for our September pick with the massive YA hit Divergent by Veronica Roth.
Divergent takes place sometime in the future in what seems to be the city of Chicago. Part of the intrigue of the novel is the lack of details about the world it takes place in, something our book club was divided on. Is it better for post-apocalyptic books to slowly unravel the makings of their world? Or should they share everything upfront? Many agreed half the fun of these books is learning the secrets that seem to run rampant along with the main characters.
The main distinguishing factor of Divergent is the way in which the society is divided. Believe honesty is the most important trait? You belong in Candor. Think bravery trumps all? Well, then you’re Dauntless. Selflessness? Abnegation for you. Intelligence? Head to Erudite. Peace? Amity it is. What’s that, you identify with more than one faction? Well then you’re just like the protagonist—Divergent.
Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. You find out early on that Tris is a mix of Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite. Her inability to fully identify with one faction makes her a threat to the leaders of the entire society. What follows from there is an easy to read, captivating adventure that drew so many of the book club members in it was one of our top attended discussions in a while!
For much of the conversation, as we are sure many Divergent conversations go, we debated which faction we might find ourselves in. Surprisingly, the majority of us identified with Candor, with a few Dauntless and Erudite mixed in. But we also spent time discussing the characters themselves; Tris’s lack of confidence, her relationship with Tobias, and the unexpected abrupt “exit” by her mother and father. With a big group there was a lot to talk about. In the end, a few of us decided to jump right in to the sequel and almost all decided we’d be heading to the theaters in the Spring (we need to know how they’ll create the simulations on the big screen!).
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Join us as we read our next book club pick. Jessica D’Addio, our Human Resources Associate, chose her first pick, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne.