By Innes Herdan, Secretary
Veronica Roth, up and coming author, has built a futuristic society within the trilogy of Divergent, Insurgent, and lastly, Allegient that has been targeted for the young adult reader. Roth has envisioned this world that runs on a completely different social structure, one built on personality traits. However, the structure presents a twist when the citizens are only allowed to embody one single trait, otherwise the individual is looked upon as a threat.
In this world, there are five factions, which each have their own trait to abide by; the choices being, kindness, selflessness, intelligence, bravery, and honesty. While Roth presents a completely new concept to a post apocalyptic world, her concept includes a facet that all society have dealt with: control. While Roth’s world was meant to be organized independently, to prevent political conflict, to make each person feel as if they serve one purpose; it has this element of societal control that teaches people they are only good enough and capable enough to be one characteristic.
Divergent focuses on the female character of Tris, who was characterized by the stimulation test that ultimately determines her best fit faction as being someone that embodies more than a single characteristic. Tris, as well as other unknown citizens, are grouped as being divergent, embodying multiple factions. The unknown and independence causes fear within the political leaders, which makes the divergent a threat. Other current societies also exemplify the trait of excluding those that are different. Roth has taken these analogies and magnified them for the purpose of showing the reader the challenges that result when too much control is put in a society.
Divergent presents not only a new thought process for readers to consider but it also does not present a love triangle, which is what many other young adults series feature. Divergent focuses more on personal integrity and what mental challenges every human, no matter the society, needs to overcome. Though each society may have separate social norms, mental processes can work very similarly. This novel, for many, can be identifiable. Many, especially young adults, may find themselves identifying with Tris, as being somebody who does not fit fully in their given culture but wanting to be accepted. Roth has presented readers with a chance to think, consider, and compare with their own culture.