Divergent Hardcover – May 3 2011
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“A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away.”— (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“You’ll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel.” (BookPage)
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.See all Product Description
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When I first heard of Divergent a few years ago, I was told by multiple sources that it was just like The Hunger Games, and even some fanfic types had mentally configured it as being the previously unknown, unseen, and unheard of District Fourteen.
And in so many ways they are right.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is the first book in a trilogy presenting a post apocalyptic dystopian future in which after some cataclysms has destroyed society in Chicago, and a new order prevails. Divergent is also an action adventure tale with character overtones all wrapped around a sociological case study brimming with social issues.
And I dare you to say that sentence five times fast. While jumping off a train. And you will get that reference early on in Divergent.
Roth neatly divides this remnant of society into factions, all based upon basic personality traits everyone possesses in varying degrees. Tris, our heroine, was born into Abnegation who are selfless helpers who run the government. She switches to Dauntless, people dedicated to bravery, who defend the people from all threats both foreign and domestic. Other groupings include, Amity who keep the peace, Candor who are always honest, and Erudite who only wish for ultimate knowledge. But because no one can ever fully fit into any one category, no matter how much training or mental discipline they attain, and as shown throughout the book we all have varying degrees of all these traits inside of us, we see how truly complex this society really is. It is a simple truth, part of our DNA, and Roth leverages this concept to the hilt in Divergent.
Inside this delicate, supposedly perfect system, we have Beatrice, soon to be Tris.Read more ›
This dystopian society contains five factions, which developed as a result of people’s blame of different personality flaws for the world’s downfall: Amity (who are kind and loving towards others and blame aggression), Erudite (who seek to educate themselves because they blame ignorance), Candor (who are brutally honest because they blame schemers), Abnegation (who are completely selfless because they blame selfishness), and Dauntless (who are fearless because they blame cowards). The factions all have their own rules of dress, behaviour, food, and shelter.
When a person reaches 16 years of age, she will undergo an aptitude test which involves a simulation to determine which faction she will belong to. The subject is presented with different scenarios and options. How the subject chooses to respond to each scenario will eventually eliminate a faction. The test continues until just one is left. The person then needs to make a choice to either remain in the faction that she was raised in or transfer into another faction. The person does not necessarily have to choose the faction that was the outcome of the aptitude test. Rather, it reveals to the subject their propensity towards one faction over another. Faction transfers are often frowned upon by both the faction they have deserted and the one that they have joined. They often have to prove themselves that they are worthy of the new faction, since they have been raised in a completely different manner with different ideals. Each faction transfer must endure an initiation.
The protagonist of the story is Beatrice “Tris” Pryor, who is a 16 year-old teenager.Read more ›
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.
Most of all a haunting reminder of the attitudes and soul of humankind.
Thank you, Veronica Roth for making me think in completely different ways. Can't wait to read the next one.
An avid and grateful reader.
Post-Apocalyptic Chicago is at the forefront of this tale. It is the future but I don’t know how far.
Society has been divided into five factions. Each person is born into a faction but must choose at sixteen to either stay with that faction or choose a new one based on a test score.
Sixteen year old Beatrice Prior has been given some interesting results that she cannot divulge to anyone. She makes the shocking choice to join THE DAUNTLESS a reckless faction based on chaos which is far from what she was raised as ABNEGATION, a selfless well organized faction.
Her initiation teaches her a lot about the person she really is and makes friends and enemies and finds out who she can trust and makes her a stronger person for it.
This book explores the consequences of our life choices as well as facing our fears. Ms. Roth has created some interesting and powerful characters in Tris and Four and their fellow initiates as well as some villains you can really learn to hate.
I enjoyed Divergent right up there with THE HUNGER GAMES AND THE GIVER. The series is gripping and will keep the reader enthralled page after page. This is yet another 5 star read and I look forward to the rest of the series.
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I really enjoyed this book, I recomend it to anyone who enjoys escaping into a world nothing like the one we live in! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amber
This YA dystopian fiction book looks at the failings of humanity in a new way. By creating five factions, each focusing on one admirable characteristic (strength, truth,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Doris Fleck
It wasn’t so long ago that I discovered Dystopian writing. I didn’t think I would like it because really, who wants to see a future where things are worse than they already are. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robin
I bought the book set after having watched the first 3 movies, and I have to admit that the books pale in comparison to the movies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by My2Cents
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