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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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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

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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

Nov 22, 2020

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

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

Nov 11, 2020

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

Nov 11, 2020

"there are some advantages to being small."

Nov 11, 2020

"desperation can make a person do surprising things."

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

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

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

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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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!

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.

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.

Aug 19, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jun 22, 2016

Tris Prior has chosen the dauntless as her faction.

Jun 02, 2016

good book but the movie is a bit off

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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