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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. - Jacket flap.
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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2011]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780062024022
Characteristics: 487 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 13, 2019

This was a page turner and I really couldn't stop until I finished the whole series. I love dsytopian novels and this series did not disappoint.

Feb 09, 2019

I am reading this book right now and I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!!! I just started yesterday and I'm already halfway through the book! I love it! You NEED to read this book! BTW: I'm in Dauntless!!!😂

Jan 14, 2019

One of the best series I have ever read! Every character has their own back story which makes it really interesting book to read.

Jan 12, 2019

Man, so I went into this movie absolutely oblivious to the books; which is a first for me - I usually have read the newest YA craze on the block. But I was pleasantly surprised by this one - it was absolutely wonderful. I fell in love with the portrayal of Tris Prior by Shane Woodley. I felt confident after watching it - she gave me confidence. I then went to read the first in the series and became even more hyped. Then I made the mistake of googling the series. Had a spoiler thrown in my face - and it kind of ruined the rest of this series for me. I just felt betrayed a little bit by everything, it does not end well for certain characters. If you're looking for something that uplifts you and keeps you running high on positivity - this series is probably not for you.

Jan 06, 2019

One of my favorites! I could not put it down. I definitely recommend it for readers who enjoy dystopia.

Dec 23, 2018

Defiantly one of my favs!!!! Unfortunately the rest of the series is kinda crappy, but the first book is soooo good!!! Btw I would probably be a Candor.☺️

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)

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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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