Once I got over the first person writing style employed early in the novel I found myself drawn into the story. This is a page turner that I was reading every chance I had.
The world that Roth has created is certainly interesting and only a small portion is revealed in this first novel of the trilogy leaving much to be discovered as the story moves forward. However, for me it was the characters that made the story worth reading. Each character is unique and it's easy to have compassion for them as they grow and develop through the training required to join each faction. The main character Tris is forced to explore who she is and why "divergent" is such a feared word...(this is revealed near the end). She faces teasing, bullying, brutal beatings and as she experiences each event she digs deeper into herself to discover what type of person she really is. I love to read strong characters who are just as vulnerable as they are strong. Divergent has a number of such characters.
I strongly recommend Divergent to anyone who enjoyed the Hunger Games books. It's a fast easy read perfect for the light reader who likes a fastpaced story.