Veronica Roth created a fantastic heroine in Tris. Tris is the product of a factionalized society. Every person has five factions to choose from:Candor, Amity, Erudite, Dauntless or Abnegation. The day someone has to choose their faction is the most important of their life, for this decision will affect the rest of their existence. For Tris it was not different, her decision was challenging everything about her. She starts without physical skills and is the weakest of the group. She works hard and makes her own luck. What I love about this character is her internal power. She has such will power that she becomes what she wanted to be. There was no other route for Tris but to become part of her new faction. Her weaknesses are transformed into strength when she seizes her fears and becomes a new person.
Roth wrote a story in no way sugar coated. This story is tangible and intense and unique in its development. I loved this book not just because of the level of creativity in this series, but also for its thought provoking ideas. Divergent contemplates an utilitarian society where each of this five communities(factions) has a task to contribute to society. The series deals with politics, society and the human condition. Individuals choose a faction and behave according to its paradigms. For generations everyone has decided on a faction and that way society has kept order. They choose, then go to a faction and life goes on. But this makes me think, how is it possible that people are snatched from their individuality and nobody does anything? What would I do? What would I choose?