Book 1, Divergent Trilogy (US)
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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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If you loved the hunger games you will love this :D
Worst read of my life
Long story short, if you are anything but a 16-22 year old girl, do not read this. Words can't express how much I struggled to finish this book. Here I am expecting a Hunger Games (not identical, just with a strong rags-to-riches protagonist) type story, and I ended up in a sheltered 16 year old girls fantasy.
3/4 of the book is this girl liking a better-than-real-life boy, and her emotions around the entire ordeal. There is literally nothing I could care less about. I completely lost hope in a decent book when the main character talked about the boy touching her and how her emotions reacted literally ever 3 pages. To top that off, her greatest fear was liking him so much that they might end up having sex. OH THE HUMANITY. But of course, because this Veronica's fantasy, the boy was just as scared of sex, so they just cuddled all night. This is the kind of garbage you need to expect for 400 pages. No, I'm not exaggerating, Roth goes out of her way to make you experience this Tris idiot's fear of almost taking half her cloths off with a boy.
Not only is the "action" in this book completely inane and unrealistic ('clicking bullets into the chamber' of a 'gun', with no other description, yet they try to get into big firefights with infinite 'bullets', not shells, cartridges, magazines, or slugs mind you, just guns and bullets), the entire premise of this series is to blow out of proportion the female psyche. "I'm a good girl all my life, but I want to be so bad, but I'm still good, and I'm smart too, so that means you can't control me and I'm special". Throw in a boy to swoon over, and her having 'powers', and you have yourself some first-class teen trash. Wow, real original there Veronica.
My hands shake writing this review, as I've never experienced anything remotely this horrible in literature. I read this book in hopes that it would have a strong character ala Katniss, and ended up with hours of my life I'll never be able to get back.
If you're a teenage girl, you'll love it. Everyone else, curl up with this and a bucket to induce vomiting.
Divergent comes packed with all the features that make up a good novel- action, drama, comedy, and romance. As for the plot, it's creative. But it does seem like many authors are using futuristic societies as the main idea in their novels (Matched by Ally Condie, for example) These books have striking similarities. Therefore, for the most part, I could easily guess what was going to happen next. Though, Divergent still had some tricks up its sleeve that kept me reading. However, I wasn't all too satisfied with the Sopranos-style ending. Nevertheless, this book has powerful meaning and I look forward to its sequel.
- Level: Grades 9 and Above
- Category: Children's Fiction
- Published:May 03, 2011
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Seller: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 576 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Divergent Trilogy (US)