Divergent

Divergent

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In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062387240
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Characteristics: 487 p. ; 22 cm

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Week 2 loss against The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Week 1 match winner against Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

487 p. (Gr 9-12) Beatrice discovers that she cannot fit into any of her society's factions which makes her dangerous.

I feel sorry for authors who worked on their dystopian novels before the Hunger Games came out and must now suffer their books being called “read-alikes”. But "Divergent" really is a good read-alike, not just for being a dystopian YA book but because the heroine is a thoughtful rebel, t... Read More »


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cgking
Nov 23, 2020

it was a helluva riiiide

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

GIRL POWER!!!

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RebelBelle13
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.

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samvar
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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 15, 2020

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This eBook might just be one of my favourites to read. I would recommend this to fans of The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games for they share many similarities including a dystopian future and a society that must change. The book had extremely good elements such as the protagonist in this book being very relatable which helped a lot in understanding her character, there were many twists and turns in almost every chapter and the climax of the book was truly spectacular. The main thing I have to say about many of the side characters is "don't get too attached", for almost each one will face some grim circumstances which will not end well most of the time. The book also shows certain depth to most characters and gives them real human emotions and actions. The only problem I have with book is that it takes a long time to get to all of the great stuff and for a while at the beginning I was a little bored. Other than that though this is an incredible book and I can't wait to see what the author has up her sleeve for next time. @StarStriker of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public LIbrary

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RyanLe16
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+

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ctonci
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.

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Anika_Singh
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.

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chelseawen
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.

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vyelysele
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.

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Sep 28, 2020

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I feel his heartbeat against my cheek,as fast as my own.
"Are you afraid of me, too, Tobias?"
"Terrified," he replies with a smile.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent

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nothinggoldcanstay
Nov 11, 2020

"i wonder if fears ever really go away or if they just lose their power over us."
-divergent

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nothinggoldcanstay
Nov 11, 2020

"there are some advantages to being small."
-divergent

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nothinggoldcanstay
Nov 11, 2020

"desperation can make a person do surprising things."
-tris

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violet_gorilla_79
Sep 26, 2020

""I have something to tell you," he says.
I run my fingers along the tendons in his hand and look back at him
"I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though."
"That's sensible of you," I say, smiling too. "We should find you some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something."
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing behind my ear.
"Maybe I'm already sure," he says, "and I just don't want to frighten you."
"I laugh a little. "Then you should know better."
"Fine," he says. "Then I love you."" - Divergent

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violet_gorilla_79
Sep 26, 2020

""Get it off! Get it off get it off get it off!" she screams.
The moth flutters away.
"It's gone!" I say. Then I laugh. "You're afraid of moths?"
"They're disgusting. Those papery wings and stupid bug bodies . . . " She shudders.
I keep laughing. I laugh so hard I have to sit down and hold my stomach.
"It's not funny!" she snaps. "Well . . . okay, maybe it is. A little."" - Divergent

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violet_gorilla_79
Sep 25, 2020

""Peter would probably throw a party if I stopped breathing."
"Well," he says. "I would only go if there was cake."" - Divergent

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violet_gorilla_79
Sep 25, 2020

'"What floor?' the girl with the shaved head asks.
"One hundred." I say.
"How would you know that?"
"Lynn, come on," says Uriah. "Be nice"
"We're in a one-hundred-story building with some Dauntless," I retort. "Why don't you know that?"' - Divergent

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navy_turtle_237
Jul 11, 2020

Beatrice (Tris) lives in a dystopian Chicago. Her world has been separated into factions to keep the peace, but trouble is brewing on the horizon. Tris is forced to choose which faction she will be a part of and who she will support. Will Tris find friends and love in her new faction? Read the book to find out!

I absolutely love this dystopian novel. It has just the right amount of action and romance and the twists and turns are unbelievable. I would highly recommend this story!

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abaumler
Sep 06, 2017

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

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LIN "SAMUEL" ZOU
Mar 25, 2017

Tris Prior is a 16 year old girl living in a dystopian Chicago. There are 5 different factions. Tris can choose to live with her family, or leave her family and friends.

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zava
Aug 19, 2016

The world has been changed into 5 factions where people are separated from their families

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kaitlynchanthas
Jul 25, 2016

Beatrice Prior is a sixteen-year-old member of Abnegation. She and her brother Caleb, who is not quite a year her elder, take the aptitude test that will tell them which faction they are most suitable for. The test consists of a simulation of a confrontation with a vicious dog. Beatrice shows aptitude for three different factions, Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless, and this means she is something called Divergent. She is warned to never tell anyone of her results - it is dangerous to be Divergent. After much contemplation over whether to stay in Abnegation or switch factions, Beatrice chooses to switch to Dauntless, and Caleb moves to Erudite.

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Bobbiandme
Jul 10, 2016

In the future, after the war, Chicago divides itself into five factions, based on their values. At the age of sixteen, every person must decide to either remain in the faction they were born into, or leave their family behind and transfer to another faction of their choice. Beatrice Prior has to decide what the rest of her life will be.

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Cynthia_Wang
Jul 08, 2016

In Divergent there are five factions that make up society, each with a different role. At age 16, each individual will attend a choosing ceremony based on their results of an aptitude test. This science fiction novel focuses on the genes to determine whether or not your are "divergent" which could be considered dangerous, depending on your point of view.

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rachel1127
Jul 04, 2016

In a world divided into five factions based on beliefs and values, Beatrice (Tris) Prior must make the choice that decides the path she will take for the rest of her life.

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aasta_guraya
Jun 22, 2016

Tris Prior has chosen the dauntless as her faction.

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Sofia11_0
Aug 28, 2015

A choice can cost your life. The day Beatrice Prior choose's her faction, she finds out something unimaginable... she is Divergent. If people find out, her life will be cut short. Tris is forced to keep her identity secret. If Tris trusts the wrong people, she could get hurt. And how will she keep her family safe without betraying her faction, the Dauntless? What will she decide? Any wrong decision and EVERYTHING can go wrong.

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blue_dolphin_7532
Aug 10, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Might be scary for younger readers

yellow_beaver_38 Aug 06, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Many scenes that could be frightening for young children.

yellow_beaver_38 Aug 06, 2016

Sexual Content: The book has people talking about sex and fear of intimacy.

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DeanXCastiel
Feb 13, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some Scenes in this book that could frighten Younger viewers Like Edward's eye scene. There are some sad themes. There is Lots of fighting too.

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Bakergirl_13
Sep 02, 2015

Other: violence, commiting of suicide, minor sex, and mature scenes. maybe some frightening to

alicat42 Aug 08, 2014

Violence: Slight violence may be overwhelming for younger crowds

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SuperStella1
Jul 30, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Peter stabbing Eward's eye, Simulations, Tris getting hurt over and over again, Tris almost get killed by the people she loves the most. But is also sad because Four doesn't know Tris in the end and tries to hurt her, she witnesses her moms death, and she has to kill one of her best friends.

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irresponsble
Jun 27, 2014

Violence: Yes, of course Divergent would have violence. It's like The Hunger Games that way. For example, getting stab in the eye with a butterknife, fighting each other as a test, and being under simulation and killing off all the people of one faction. That's alot already.

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Kewashere
Jun 14, 2014

Violence: Intense parts and may be traumatic to children 8 & under

hannah0903 May 20, 2014

Violence: Lots of fighting scenes

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