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Jan 13, 2021

Set in a future version of Chicago, society has split into 5 factions. Abegnation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Our story revolves around Beatrice Prior from Abegnation. She is told that she is “Divergent” meaning that she doesn’t belong into any faction and is pulled into a scheme along with Four, an instructor from Dauntless who is also Divergent. It is full of action and is described very clearly. My favorite character would be Four mostly because of how cool and skilled he was and how he presents himself as a tough person on the outside because of him being part of Dauntless while on the inside he is honest and kind. This book also has a movie adaptation also called “Divergent” released in 2014, as well as 2 sequel books. This book reminded me of The Giver in how society is planned out for everyone and is seemingly “perfect”.

Divergent is a gripping story with an amazing plot! I loved the character Four and would love to know more from his perspective. I thought Tris was a wonderfully developed, strong, female character. The only downside to this book was it was a bit predictable for the Dystopian Genre. That is why I gave it 4 stars.

pacl_teens Dec 16, 2020

In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, a new form of government emerges, one that is built entirely based on five factions that dominate the cultures, personalities, beliefs, and systems of their members. All citizens must eventually choose which side to join and to fill their role in society. This system has kept Chicago under relative stability for some time, but something is brewing under the surface; a conspiracy, a plot, that threatens to upend the fragile balance that's been created. Tris has been caught in the middle of the entire situation and with the help of her friends and her newfound skills and bravery thanks to joining the "Dauntless" faction, she may just have a shot at stopping what might happen.
This book is a fantastic young adult novel, and great for readers who are just starting to get accustomed to dystopian fiction or seasoned readers looking for something fresh to read. The book is of a good length and is not filled with too much technical lingo and the characters are easy to keep track of. The book part one of three (plus some extra books), so they'll be plenty more reading to do after you finish this book. Action-packed with as well as a good amount of strategy and politics involved, this book is a good read for anyone interested in the genre. -Nicholas, Grade 11

Dec 07, 2020

Divergent is a dystopian novel starring the main character, a strong female lead Tris Prior, where citizens are born and sorted into five factors based on human virtues - Amity(peaceful), Abnegation(selflessness), Candor(honesty), Erudite (intelligence), Dauntless(bravery). Author Veronica Roth depicts a complex society full of interpersonal relationships with other people and with society. This fast-paced action novel has lots of exciting adventures, romance, and sacrifices in the story, with themes of violence, societal structure, and most importantly, identity.

Nov 29, 2020

Divergent is a very speed-jarring novel, often labeled as a teenager’s favorite. It is known for focusing on the emotional, struggling part in every human being, and for being a book that’s impossible for readers to put down. It is often reread by teenagers, and was even made into a movie.
Divergent is mainly known for showing depth in emotional and intense ways, and the different flaws and strengths of each virtue. The five factions that the city is split up into are Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Each faction focuses on one of the five virtues; selflessness, honesty, bravery, intelligence, and peace. Being selfless in Abnegation can lead to self-harm, from only caring about others and not putting yourself first. Being an honest Candor can lead to hurting others in situations where lying could turn out better. Bravery in Dauntless can lead to aggression, and often unreasonable conflicts with others. An Amity’s love for peace could lead to being naive and clumsy, and intelligence in Erudite can lead you to be manipulative and careless. The novel efficiently teaches young adults about these five important virtues, and which ones are more valuable in different situations.
The main character, a young adult Beatrice Prior learns this as she is titled as Divergent instead of one of the five factions. Using her virtues from each part, she learns to overcome her challenges. Many questions remain until they are answered later in the book, which gives the reader anticipation. The storyline is strong and keeps moving forward, with very few unnecessary and dull parts. Every event builds up to the climax of the story. Unexpected events surprised plenty of reviewers and the different characters’ responses kept the reader interested throughout the entire story.
Another unique aspect of this book is it’s amount of focus on the importance of friendship and community (or faction) with family. The main character is put in plenty of situations where she has to make choices between her family and her faction. Sometimes, she also has to make choices for herself instead of for her parents, such as choosing a different faction and a completely different way of living that’s better for her.
The author uses plenty of character development to make the characters unforgettable and contribute to the novel. Many of the characters are interesting and have a detailed personality that the author inputs in order to keep the story rolling. Tris is curious and “selfish” at the beginning, but later on is brave, smart, and just misunderstood by her friends. Her tendency to not follow rules makes the story more compelling. Four is strong, clever, and fearless, but later turns out to have many fears to deal with. After different events happen, the different characters feel a need to change themselves in order to survive in their environment.
Divergent is one of the most engrossing books to indulge yourself in. It teaches the importance of the five virtues, has one of the most consistent storylines, and the best character development to keep the story going. There’s a reason it’s one of the most recommended books for teenagers.

Nov 23, 2020

it was a helluva riiiide

Nov 22, 2020


Nov 11, 2020

I feel like this book suffers from the 'great idea, zero follow through' issue. The dystopian set up is intriguing- post-apocalyptic Chicago, walled off from the rest of the world, and civilization is split up into five factions, and at the age of 16, you can choose which you'd like to belong to for the rest of your life. The focus (rather like Harry Potter in this sense) is rather narrow, which is disappointing. Like Harry Potter, which focuses mainly on the Griffindor house, Divergent focuses mainly on the Dauntless faction. We see every step of their initiation process- the fighting, the facing of fears, the sabotaging, the favoritism, the fear landscapes. But we see very little of Abnegation and Erudite, and NOTHING from Amity or Candor, which very frustrating, especially if you're a reader who finds yourself pulled towards one of those factions. I feel as though the novel would have been much more enjoyable if it followed several perspectives of kids crossing factions, so we'd get a better overall view of the society and how it functions. You can't expect me to care about a society's downfall if I've only seen a small portion of it. Not only that, Tris is a very divisive character. You either like her, or you don't, and that can sway how you feel about the novel itself. The only character I really cared about was Tobias, frankly. Overall, I'd say it was an interesting experience. I'm not sure I like where the story is headed, but I'll continue anyways.

Sep 28, 2020

Divergent takes place in a society split into five factions. Tris is born in the Abnegation faction, the faction focused on selflessness and helping others. However, when the time comes to choose her new faction, she opts to transfer to Dauntless, the faction of bravery. When taking tests to help her decide her faction, she learned that she is divergent, meaning she shows traits of multiple factions. Tris quickly learns what a danger this is and that people are willing to kill her for this. As she attempts to hide her secret, she must adjust to her new life, making new friends and learning what it means to be dauntless.
The most interesting part of the book is how Tris’s character is developed. When she first arrived in Dauntless, she was the only transfer from Abnegation, and she was made fun of for this. However, she dealt with this and adjusted to the new rules of life. The pace of the story is also very fast, and you will never know what is coming next. This book follows the same basic story as The Hunger Games, as there is a disrespected girl who fights hard to earn respect. Overall, the theme is a bit repetitive, but it is definitely a book to try out.

Sep 15, 2020

Divergent by Veronica Roth is one of the best stories I have ever read. The depth she put into these characters makes you really feel like you know them. This book almost feels like it actually happened in history, that's just how much detail she put into these characters lives. I give this book 4 stars. The reason it is not rated more is because there were a few things that were unclear and needed more explanation. However, I do recommend this book to anyone who likes reading realistic fiction. It’s definitely a book for you. 4 stars - @Gasenic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
In futuristic post apocalyptic Chicago, Beatrice aka ”Tris”, is our main Character. We start off with her taking her personality test, to determine where in society she belongs. The test will put her into either of these 5 categories; dauntless (the brave), amity (the kind), erudite (the intelligent), abnegation (the selfless), and candor (the honest). These tests are to sort and separate people so they won’t become independent, a form of control by the government. But when Tris does it she is 'divergent', these people belong to more than one category. Tris is aided by her best friend, , and boyfriend, four, who she meets at dauntless, they help her fight against the government. This Y.A. novel to me is cliché, the characters have no personality and the antagonist's methods make no sense. And lastly the resolution is left on a cliffhanger to set up the next book in the series. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who's looking for thought-provoking material. @Subsub of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I recently read the book: Divergent, by Veronica Roth. I loved this series. The book has a really nice plot that keeps you intrigued throughout the book. I really liked the creativity of the different names, places, and overall the whole plot of the story. I really liked the main character, Tris because of her character development throughout the book. You can really tell how much she progresses throughout the book. I also found the Four a main person who was also very likeable in the book. You could feel the energy of courage and braveness through the pages of the books. I liked how mysterious and closed off he was, I think that’s what makes his character really interesting. I found his backstory to be more interesting than Trises. The chemistry between Four and Tris was also evident in the book, and their relationship made the book more risky, and interesting. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves The Hunger Games, The Giver, The Maze Runner and to anyone who likes adventure. I rate this book a 5/5. @peppapig of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 04, 2020

Divergent takes place in a futuristic world where the society is split into five different groups or factions based on their characteristics and choice. The citizens of this society are placed into their respective factions once they reach adulthood. Tris Prior, the main character, chooses the Dauntless faction, which are those who prioritize bravery over anything else. One protocol for the choosing of a faction is an initiation, and during this initiation, it is discovered that Tris is a Divergent which means that she does not fit into one faction. However, being a Divergent is dangerous, and she becomes aware that she must conceal this identity of being Divergent, or risk the lives of everyone she loves.
This book was such a riveting tale as it had a great combination between highs and lows which is something that I really enjoyed about this book. My favorite part about Divergent was how unpredictable it was and it really kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Right when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the plot shifted a completely different direction. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves an action-packed book replete with adversity.
- Age Rating: 13+

Jul 25, 2020

Divergent is the first book of a trilogy (Allegiant and Insurgent) about a very dystopian society. In this world once a child reach a certain age they have to choose between 5 different factions:
Erudite, Abegnation, Amidy, Candor and Dauntless. The chosen faction will determine the rest of your life. Each faction has a specific trait, for example Dauntless is fearlessness and Erudite is intelligence and technology. Tris, a girl from Abegnation, chooses the Dauntless faction and navigates her way through the admittance trials which train her to be more fearless and dependent. I liked this book because it was a perfect blend of adventure and romance. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 because the plot was interesting but the writing style was plain. I would recommend this book to 12+ since there is inappropriate language and smoke violence.

Jul 21, 2020

The first book in a series which introduces you to a whole new dystopian world. In this novel, people are defined by one personality trait and they are divided into communities to live with people of their own kind. The main character has to deal with being unique and making a decision which will change her life.

This science fiction story makes you wonder how life would be like in a world like this. It has a great ending and makes you look forward to the sequel.

Jul 14, 2020

This book is definitly for all dystopian novel lovers. On the top is a perfect world that is divided into factions, until we see just how broken it is. In addition, the author added nicely written relationships and displays Tris's regrets.

Jul 07, 2020

In Beatrice Prior’s world, set in a dystopian Chicago, citizens are divided into five factions based on their central value: Amity (kindness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), Abnegation (selflessness), and Erudite (intelligence). When Beatrice takes the aptitude test and her tests come back inconclusive, she finds herself in a dangerous situation, for her Divergence is feared by the leaders of her world. This book takes on a very interesting concept and I particularly enjoyed author, Veronica Roth’s detailed and descriptive writing. However, I feel like the entire book was filled with stereotypical characters (ex. from the small, petite girl to a warrior, friendship turned into jealousy, etc.). Although very similar to The Hunger Games, I felt there was something missing or unrealistic about the plot.

Jun 30, 2020

This book is AMAZING!!!!! Although it is a little longer, it is so worth the readers time and attention. This definitely exceeded my expectations for the book without a doubt. The book was action packed and had me riding on a roller coaster. The rivalry between some characters and the romance between others just makes the book come together in the best way possible. I recommend this book to many readers who are looking for a new adventure.

Jun 26, 2020

16-year-old Beatrice Prior has grown up in a dystopian Chicago, with a faction system. There are five factions; Abnegation (The Selfless), Amity (The Peaceful), Candor (The Honest), Dauntless (The Brave), and Erudite (The Intelligent). Beatrice is born into Abnegation. But when her aptitude tests come back as inconclusive, meaning that she does not belong in one faction, Beatrice must make a choice between Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless.

She does not think she fits into Abnegation like the others. As for Erudite, they are trying to overthrow the Abnegation, making them the rivals. She might fit into Dauntless, but she doesn't know. After choosing her faction Beatrice, now Tris, makes friends with other transfers. Her instructor/trainer, Four, figures out that she is hiding something. Tris knows that he knows that she is Divergent.

A Divergent does not fit into one specific faction, instead they have traits for two or more factions.

Jun 07, 2020

I put off reading this for a long time because I was concerned about its obvious similarities to The Hunger Games (which was released first). But, I remembered hearing a good review and interview with the author on NPR, so thought I'd give it a shot. What a waste of 10+ hours! It was everything I feared and more. Not only was it too similar in plot basics (near-future US, post some sort of vague, never explained, civil-type war where an area of the country is divided into factions. The plot holes can accommodate a Mack truck. The world-building is a rough sketch, with so little thought as to how this simplistically designed society could really function that I can't believe even an intelligent high schooler wouldn't question its logic. The protagonist is pure YA formula and unlikeable for the majority of the book. The only distinction is that the "love triangle" involves only one hot guy; the other is not up to par.
I could go on, but honestly, it's not worth my time. I know this book and the subsequent trilogy was a best seller and adored by teenage girls (and probably more than a few young and not-so-young women everywhere, but it's not for me.

May 28, 2020

The Divergent series by Veronica Roth takes place in a dystopian society where people live in groups called factions, which are each dependent on a single trait. Each person must commit to one faction at the age of 18; no person can display more than one trait. This series covers the story through teenager, Tris Prior’s eyes and details the shortcomings of focusing on only one attribute and describes the obstacles of love, family, and society. This is my favorite series and I recommend reading this beautifully written novel.

Apr 16, 2020

I frankly really loved this book, but the rest of the series WAS GARBAGE. I was so excited to read this series, because of all the praise it gets, but its soooooo overrated.

Mar 23, 2020

Divergent is a great book that I would highly recommend to my friends to read. It is about a girl named Beatrice (a.k.a."Tris") Prior and how she lives inside her society. I personally love to read books about different societies than from now (ex. in the future), and Divergent definitely was one of the best ones I have read! I thought it was really interesting to see how her society is run and organized by what is called the factions. What faction you live in is decided by a test that evaluates what faction you would be most loyal to, but the final decision is up to the person when they turn 16. There are 5 factions the society is divided into - Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless) and Amity (the kind). I thought it was very interesting how each faction has a different role in how their society is run - but it causes conflict in the story with certain factions wanting more power over the others.
The book kept me interested from the beginning to the very end, and I found it very hard to put down! I loved the structure the author gave to the romance, it made it seem realistic and not cliché. There is a lot violence in this book, so I wouldn't recommend this book to an audience younger than about 13.
Tris is a great female lead who is very empowering to girls and women, and I loved many of the other characters in the story line.
If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you would definitely love Divergent! 5/5 stars
@batontwirler385 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Anna Beyer
Mar 21, 2020

Ok, so a friend recommended Divergent and at first I was skeptical but I decided to read it anyways. It was amazing. The introduction was long and took up most of the book before the main part of the plot came in, but I quite like introductions, and this one was interesting. The book was well written, and the characters were so likable. I found it very easy to get sucked up into there story and loved the plot twists! I recommend this book for anyone who likes to read dystopian books. There is a bit of romance but not too much. If you are a strong reader it will be very understandable, and clear. I give it 100%.

Mar 09, 2020

The movie was bad enough but better than the book, how often does that happen!?
Ostensibly a story of a female coming of age in a dystopian future, the author fails on so many levels that this constitutes a waste of paper.

Feb 20, 2020

I loved this book it is definitely the best in this series.

Feb 16, 2020

It is one of the best books I have ever read, and the plot is amazing. It would be nice to read it in multiple points of view, so you could understand what life is like in multiple factions, but otherwise, I love it and highly recommend it.

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