In the Divergent World

DSC06302“Fear doesn’t shut you down it wakes you up,” mixed with every element of suspense, love, thrill, terror, vivid imagination and loss, DIVERGENT is really a beautifully cooked heart pounding debut. Set in post apocalyptic Chicago ( the so called divergent world ) survivors are divided in to five factions : Abnegation for the selfless, Amity for the peaceful, Candor for the honest, Dauntless for the brave and Erudite for the intelligent. At the age of 16, one had to undergo an aptitude test, which finds out the faction in which they are best suited to. The main character 16 year old Beatrice is born to an Abnegation family. On getting her test results as inconclusive ( divergent ), she can be in any of the following factions – Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless. On choosing day, Beatrice decides to leave Abnegation to join Dauntless, while her brother Caleb chooses Erudite. Their Dauntless instructor, Four will explain that the only the top ten will remain in the faction. During her initiation in to the new faction, Beatrice renames herself Tris. She soon finds her friends in Christina, Al, Will and ends up in conflict with Peter, Drew, Molly.

The initiation is divided in to three stages :
  1. Learning how to handle guns and knives as well as hand to hand combat.
  2. Involve simulations, which forces the initiates to face scenarios symbolic of their fears.
  3. Fear landscape.

In this period Tris falls in love with her instructor Four, who himself is a divergent and whose real name is Tobias. Tris ranks first in the initiation. later she discovers that the Erudite had used the tracking serum to force Dauntless members to carry out their plan of invading Abnegation. During the night following, Dauntless soldiers attack Abnegation. She loses both her parents in the fight. At last Tobias helps Tris shut down the Erudite simulation. Later they boards a train to Amity along with her brother to find the rest of Abnegation survivors. The rest is continued in the next book INSURGENT. Divergent is surely an asset to the English literature world and is worth reading.

Akshaya Panicker

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