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In a future Chicago, 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 does not fit into any one group
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014
Edition: Collector's edition
ISBN: 9780062352170
Characteristics: 487, 78 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Dec 13, 2018

I love this series! Since I am always confused about which book comes next and stuff here's a guide: #1 Divergent #2 Insurgent #3 Allegiant. And Four is Tobias's point of view and takes place in the past but it also overlaps a few chapters into Divergent (it contains spoilers too)

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 07, 2018

A sharply-written first novel in a series that has now become famous. This teen SF novel will be popular with the same readers who liked *The Hunger Games* series, especially young women looking for a strong heroine breaking away from a limited existence and facing difficult and deadly odds.

In the generations after a war which has destroyed much of Chicago, the residents have divided into 5 “factions”, each based on a philosophical principle. Beatrice, just turned 16, has grown up in the Abnegation faction, which believes that selfishness was the cause of the disasters of the past. Once a year all of the 16 year-olds go through aptitude tests to inform them about which faction matches their personality. Beatrice finds her personal toughness but also finds hints that this society of factions has the potential to come apart violently.

Very exciting, page-turning story with good main characters, although the “villains” are stereotyped. Still, not many flaws for a first novel, and the energy of the story and writing style carry the reader over any beginner bumps.

Nov 13, 2018

I have read that of Divergent, and it pretty good. First I have to watch the movie and then read the book.
The ending was great. I think you should all read it.

I was left wanting more after reading the Hunger Games series and I came across this book. Right away, I was drawn in by the similarities with the post-war/post-apocalyptic setting. Beatrice is coming upon her sixteenth birthday. Her society is divided into five classes, each with their life-long calling and role. Every member of society chooses which group they wish to belong to at the age of sixteen; but should that choice be different from their family, they will never see them again. I was ecstatic to find such an intriguing, exciting and adventurous story. I know you’ll love it too! (submitted by SMC)

Oct 31, 2018

Loved this book. Fast paced.

Sep 08, 2018

Divergent is the first novel in the Divergent trilogy written by Veronica Roth. The main character is Beatrice Prior who lives in a dystopian society where everyone is divided into one of five factions. Their is her faction, Abnegation, for the selfless, Candor for the honest, Amity for the peaceful, Erudite for the intellectual, and Dauntless for the brave. Beatrice is sixteen which means she will take part in the choosing ceremony where she can choose to stay in Abnegation or choose another faction. Once she is initiated into the faction there is no going back, and if you do not pass initiation, then you become factionless left to live in poverty. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in dystopian novels or young adult novels like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner. The book is very fast-paced and commonly noted as an action-packed dystopia. There is also a lot of violence, making this novel a mature read not suitable for a younger audience. Divergent is engaging, entertaining, and empowering to girls and young women. Overall, if I had to rate this novel, I would rate it five out of five stars.
@SapphireReads of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Divergent is a dystopian, sci-fi novel written by Veronica Roth, and is the first novel of a trilogy. I found this to be the most interesting and fascinating novel out of the trilogy. I somewhat found this an interesting read, even though I am not the biggest fan of dystopian novels, but I do not think I would read this again. Throughout this book, society is divided into different factions who have differing morals, and also differing responsibilities. Upon reaching a certain age, teens must choose a faction in which they will spend the rest of their lives, and also pass the given tests. I don’t like cliches in a novel and I enjoy originality a bit more, with that being said, this novel was filled with cliches. There were so many predictable outcomes to situations that were incredibly cliche. I think the concept Roth had was something really interesting, however, I feel like the execution of her ideas could have been better. I don’t know if I would recommend this to a friend. I give this novel a 2.5/5.
@TheCuriousBookworm of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Rating: 5/5 This is one of my favourite books because of the interesting plot line. The fact that one trait can dominate or define a person is a very interesting idea and then the author decided to group all people that have the same trait into 'factions'. The fact that the leaders are afraid of people like Tris that transcend having only one characteristic and are 'Divergent' gives the book an air of suspense and mystery as the audience comes to understand why being divergent is such a threat to their 'perfect' society.
@sunsetzuzu of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This book is about a girl and her choices; her choices will change her life and define her. The author wrote this young adult novel extremely well and it is an amazing book for all to read. It is such a good book and the readers will fall in love with the characters. This book is definitely a page turner and will keep the readers on the edge of their seats. This is not a cliché book and it empowers women, it encourages women to be who they want to be and to make their own choices. It teaches all the readers they can be who they want to be and no one else defines us but us. 4/5 stars
@Gray19 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Aug 21, 2018

This is my new favourite book! It’s a perfect mixture of action, emotion and romance. While reading it I immediately fell in love with the main character, and all the other characters too. I love how brave but also humble she is. It’s a perfectly touching story and beautifully written. Five stars!

Aug 11, 2018

I wasn't able to get five stars because I couldn't get the program to work properly. But a very good book. I never liked Hunger Games; this book though is I interesting from start to finish. Dark, mysterious, with questions you need to know the answer to, this book is more than Hunger Games fan fiction.

Aug 09, 2018

This book is amazing! It is a great mix of dystopian society, romance, adventure, and sci-fi. It is my favorite book of all time. Some people say it is just a different version of the Hunger Games written by a different author, but it really isn't.

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Aug 09, 2018

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Dec 04, 2018

"Beatrice," he says, looking sternly into my eyes. " we should think of our family." There is a edge to his voice."But. But you should also think of yourself."
- Caleb

Aug 14, 2017

"I'll be your family now," he says

Jan 05, 2017

"Fear doesn't shut you down. It wakes you up."

Aug 18, 2016

Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.
-tris prior

yellow_beaver_38 Aug 06, 2016

" We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something." Tris.

Jul 14, 2016

"Becoming fearless isn't the point. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to free from it." - Four (Tobias Eaton)

Jul 10, 2016

"Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up."

Jul 09, 2016

“Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up" (page 313).

Jul 08, 2016

" What makes you different makes you dangerous . "
- Quotes Gram

Jul 07, 2016

"Maybe because you're so approachable-like a bed of nails."

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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.

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.

Aug 01, 2015

Tris is 16 which means that she will choose her destiny; Amity, Erudite, Dauntless, Candor or Abnegation. Which one will she choose and does she make the right choice? This fantastic book takes you on the adventure of a life time. After you read it, you will find yourself reading it again.

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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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