Divergent by Veronica Roth is in some way similar to both the Hunger Games-triology by Suzanne Collins, and the Matced-triology by Ally Condie. Divergent is the first book in what is going to be a triology. In this world, people are made to choose at the age of sixteen what faction they will be. There are factions for the brave, the selfless, the ones that always tell the truth and even some more factions. The main character in this book is Tris. She is sixteen, which means she has to choose, but before they choose, they have to take a test. The test is taken to make it easier for them to choose. In the beginning Tris lives with her family in the selfless faction, but on the day of the choosing, that changes. Tris chooses the become a dauntless, one of the brave people that guard their world from the dangers outside. But as Tris goes through the initiation-prosess, she begins to have questions, dangerous questions. If a society like that is to exist, everyone has to walk toward the same goal. They need to be as one, to be united, not really think to much for themself. Because as soon as one person starts to have a mind of its own, it can convince others to join their cause, even though Tris didn’t even know she had a cause.
But in that world, as in the world we live in, those who has the power, always want more power. Some want that power to do good, but others just want power to rule others, or for the sake of power in its own right. They thought they learned from history, but did they really? Just because they think they have taken away the problems by dividing up people, there are always someone who doesn’t agree with the rest of society. I personally think it’s good that we get to have a mind of our own, but we should also respect those with different ideas than ourselves.