Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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From the Back Cover
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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for DIVERGENT:
“The next big thing.” (Rolling Stone )
“If you like Hunger Games & Twilight, then get stoked for DIVERGENT! Trust us on this―this baby is going to blow up BIG! And if you chose to remain factionless, then you’re gonna be one lonely soul.” (PerezHilton.com )
“A taut and shiveringly exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely
“DIVERGENT is a captivating, fascinating book that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises. It will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future.” James Dashner, author of ‘The Maze Runner’
“Well-written and brilliantly executed, DIVERGENT is a heart-pounding debut that cannot be missed. Tris stands out in her action-packed, thrilling, and emotionally honest journey to determine who she wants to be in a society that demands she conform. It’s dystopian fiction at its best!” Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of PARANORMALCY
“A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away” – Publishers Weekly
“Divergent holds its own in the [dystopian] genre, with brisk pacing, lavish flights of imagination and writing that occasionally startles with fine detail.” – New York Times
“ A masterpiece of epic proportions and an outstanding debut novel.” – Narratively Speaking Blog
“Be prepared to sit on the edge of your seats as this heart-pounding thriller hypnotises you until the very last page.” – Fantasticbookreviews.comSee all Product Description
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Divergent takes place some time in the future in a city that was once Chicago. Every citizen now lives as a member of one of five factions, each defined by their overriding personality trait: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (kind), Candor (honest), Erudite (seekers of knowledge), Dauntless (brave). Each faction contributes to society in accordance with this trait. For example, members of Abnegation rule, Amity members are peacemakers and farmers and the Dauntless police this world. But there are those who fall outside the Factions, living a life worse than death as the Factionless. They drive the buses.
At the age of 16, the young are assessed to determine which Faction they suit but they must still make the choice of Faction on their own. Most opt for their home Faction but there are some who make a jump, turning their backs on their families. One such girl is our heroine. Known as Beatrice in Abnegation, she picks the name of Tris in her chosen Faction of Dauntless, although her fellow initiates name her `Stiff'. Divergent follows the initiation or training sessions that Tris and her friends (and the not so friendly) must undergo before they are selected to be members of Dauntless or, if they fail, cast out to be Factionless.Read more ›
Divergent follows the story of Beatrice (Tris) Prior in a new dystopian world. In an attempt to proven the outbreak of war, humankind broke into five different 'factions': Erudite, for the clever, Amity, for the peaceful, Candor, for the honest, Abnegation, for the selfless and Dauntless, for the brave. Children grow up in whichever faction their parents belong to, but at the age of 16, they go through an aptitude test to show them which faction they belong in and the following day, at the Choosing Ceremony, they must decide the path for the rest of their lives. Tris knows that she doesn't belong in Abnegation like the rest of her family and so she makes the difficult decision to leave her family behind and join a new faction, Dauntless. A tough initiation process follows - one that not everyone will survive. As Tris tries to fit in among the Dauntless she struggles to figure out who she is and who her real friends are. As if finding herself in a new faction wasn't difficult enough, Tris has a secret that she learned about herself during the aptitude test. A secret that she has been warned to never tell lest it destroy her.
What I love about this story is that it doesn't seem fantastical in the slightest. The characters and the setting all felt very real to me that's all down to Roth's genius.Read more ›
As Tris decides which faction she will choose she undertakes a number of initiation trials which are completely gripping - what a page turner! The relationships between the other initiates are explored and sometimes they are more enemies than friends.
Divergent is a brilliant read, I loved the new ideas and the new world that had been created. Tris is a fun, intelligent character with lots of wit - I thought she was fantastic and really surprising at times. I read this in two sittings it was that good - I'd more than recommend this book to both young adults and adults alike.
If you loved "The Hunger Games" then you'll definitely love this, but if you haven't heard of that either then give them both a go!
Well I've read the book, which is set in a post-apocalyptic/dystopian Chicago, where the population are seemingly walled in (from some unseen baddie) and divided into 5 factions, based on the single character trait they're supposed to have (because of course people only ever have one character trait). The result is that some join Candour (because they're honest, implying that that the remainder in a semi-permanent panic, because their pants are on fire), others join Amity (implying that the others are asses), Abnegation (well these might not be as much of an asses as the others, but they're going to be holier-than-thou), Dauntless (which does seem to involve being an ass), and Erudite.
Into this world steps Beatrice (Tris), who, at the age of 16 is asked to chose a group (or faction). If she choses to change factions (from the one into which she was born), her family will pretty much disown her, and it'll be really hard to speak them ever again. Well, she moves to Dauntless, goes through training (which proves she's joined a bunch of bullies), only to find she's going to have to save her new Faction from becoming mindless drones who go about murdering people. The reason she can do this is because she's not affected by the "drone inducing medication", which happens because she's Divergent (ta-da-dah).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The basic concept is good and well worked. The characters draw you in. The horror sometimes on display is offset by the selflessness of key characters. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by G. Atkinson
Not my usual genre, but enjoyed the storyline and characters. A good book for science fib thin lovers. Four star readPublished 1 day ago by Veronica Bickley
Divergent is the first in the series by Veronica Roth, and is a really good book - realistic characters and a gripping plot; truly absorbing.Published 1 day ago by egh
I didn't buy this book so I'm not sure why I'm being asked to review it :/Published 3 days ago by Yiska
I struggle to remain interested in this book after the first few chapters.Published 4 days ago by Dan
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I too am not the target audience but because of the hype with the film I was curious. It was not fantastic but I found it interesting and quite wasy to read. Read morePublished 6 days ago by alibielsewhere
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