“Divergent” Latest Book in Breakfast Book Club Series

By Aisha Ali, ’14

"Divergent," by Veronica Roth is the first in her trilogy which just concluded with the Oct. 22 release of "Allegiant."

“Divergent,” by Veronica Roth is the first in her trilogy which just concluded with the Oct. 22 release of “Allegiant.”

I recently had the pleasure of reading “Divergent,” by Veronica Roth, with the Breakfast Book Club, a group that meets before school once or twice a month to read and discuss young adult books. 

The novel, originally released in 2011, begins with Beatrice, the main character, who lives in this odd world, divided into factions: Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Dauntless. Each faction values a certain trait. For example, Candor values honesty. Each faction also has a set of different behaviors and apparel. Beatrice was brought up Abnegation. She always felt uneasy and unhappy with the rules set by her faction. She wanted to be free. On the choosing ceremony, a ceremony held on everyone’s 16th birthday, to determine the rest of your fate. Beatrice is left to make a choice whether to stay in her faction, or betray everything her parents taught her and choose to leave insight of a better life. This is where the conflict begins to escalate and the story really takes off.

Beatrice meets astounding people, and experiences incredible moments she never would have dreamed of. She unfolds hidden mysteries, and makes many discoveries about herself and the people around her. Not having been a big dystopian fiction fan, this book had me hooked.

It’s the first of a three book trilogy. I also went on to read the second book, “Insurgent.” The final book, “Allegiant,” was released on Oct. 22. I have yet to read it, but am much looking forward to.

The Breakfast Book Club is currently reading “Last Night I Sang to the Monster,” by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Students interested in joining should see Mrs. McCurdy, Mrs. Raymond or Mr. Dudley or show up at the next meeting on Nov. 20 in Mrs. Raymond’s room.

 

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