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Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1)
Divergent - Divergent, Bk 1
Author: Veronica Roth
One choice can transform you.  — Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions -- Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will sho...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780062387240
ISBN-10: 0062387243
Publication Date: 9/30/2014
Pages: 576
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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skywriter319 avatar reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 784 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
In a future dystopian Chicago, Tris society is divided up into five factions: Abnegation (selflessness, and where Tris grew up), Candor (honesty), Erudite (wisdom), Amity (friendliness), and Dauntless (courage). All people in her society must choose which faction they wish to join at the age of 16, and Tris makes a choice that startles everyone, including herself, when she decides to join Dauntless.

But truly being a part of Dauntless is not so easy, as Tris and other initiates must first pass a long and difficult trial that tests their physical, mental, and emotional strength. As Tris makes friends and maybe even falls in love, she also uncovers a burgeoning plot to upset the order of their society, and learns what it truly means to be Dauntless.

Everyone, listen up. The hype for this book? Its legit. At long last I do think I may have found the book that I will truly encourage fans in Hunger Games deprivation to pick up. DIVERGENT is fast-paced, with a thoroughly developed dystopian world, engaging plot, and an admirable protagonist. In a word, it is excellent.

As soon as Tris chooses to join the Dauntless faction, DIVERGENT becomes an unputdownable read as Tris navigates the often dangerous trials of her initiation period that keep both her and readers on their toes. Its a classic enough plot structurethe trials that the protagonist must face in order to meet his or her goalbut one that always holds my attention, and Veronica Roth plots the story exceptionally well. When Tris is not learning how to handle weapons that she may have never seen before in her life, she is cautiously navigating her emotional connections with her new friends or nemeses. Physical action blends seamlessly with relationship intrigue to appeal to readers who generally prefer one over the other.

In the midst of all this action, Tris emerges as perhaps the strongest dystopian heroine I have read about since Katniss. All doubts that I may have had about whether or not she truly belongs in Dauntless disappeared only a few chapters in, and from then on I was firmly rooting for her the whole way. While not resourceful, per se (she is in a new faction, after all), Tris has unmatched mental strength, and just a bit too much determination to prove herself, that help carry her triumphantly through obstacles. In short, I like her. I like her I like her I like her. She is just the sort of girl I hope I could be like if, God forbid, I were ever in her situation.

Supporting characters, while nice and attractive, I wish were developed some more, in particularly Cristina, Tris closest female friends through the Dauntless initiation. Tris love interest is pretty good as far as love interests in YA speculative fiction usually go: he has no need for silly, enigmatic broodfests, and actually likes Tris for her strength and not because of some impenetrable vague reason like insta-luv (this is my interpretation of it, anyway). The ending, unfortunately, felt rushed, and while I dont disagree with it being a good way for the book to end, it lacked the forceful punch I was looking for, and to which I felt like the rest of the book had been building up.

My minor quibbles with supporting character development and the ending aside, I found DIVERGENT to be an entrancing read throughout. Dystopian? Strong female protagonist? Fast pace? Subtle critiques on our societys incessant need to label and categorize everything? Read DIVERGENT for all of them. In the meantime, I will be camping outside the nearest bookstore for the next book in this series, thank you very much.
mreneerouser avatar reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 127 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I have questions. Once my questions are answered, maybe I'll move my overall ratings up from 2.5 stars to 3.5 stars. Here is the thing, If the world doesn't make sense to me, I'm not going to enjoy the book as much as I could enjoy it.

So, here are my questions- (there are no spoilers here that will ruin the book)

Why, at the beginning, can Beatrice look in the mirror ONLY when her mom cuts her hair? What does her mom cutting her hair have to do with anything?

When Tris (aka Beatrice) goes down the zipline from the 100 story building, she has to fall in the arms of her fellow Dauntless from 20 feet up. Who caught the first girl down the zipline?

So, is the food synthetic, artificial (from the beginning of the book) or is it fresh (from later in the book)?

Why is the marsh dried up, but they have a river, waterfall and of all things, a drinking fountain?

Why do you need a backup generator to run the elevator up but you clearly have electricity to run other things?

Isn't carbon dioxide a problem if you are really deep underground?

How is it the scientists can make microscopic transmitters but there is not enough material to finish paving the roads?

Who runs the trains?

Why is tattooing and piercings a sign of being brave? It said somewhere that the dauntless were not the artistic ones?
mamabird8503 avatar reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Stumbled into this is FANTASTIC!
I love the characters, the writing...dare I say I like it more than the Hunger Games

Its another take on the theme that we (humans) have caused disastrous things to happen to our world. From chaos, extreme structure has taken over. At 16 yrs old every adolescent must choose one of 5 factions, to live and work with. Each is in charge of a part of society and held to different values and rules.
Beatrice is the main character. She chooses a faction other than the one she has grown up in...what follows is an ingrossing adventure. This is the first book...insurgent is second and the third is not released yet.
bookflame avatar reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Divergent was breathtakingly amazing. It was downright perfection in my opinion. I don't even know what else to say, it was just that good. If your like me and have let it sit on your bookshelf month after month afraid to pick it up because you are afraid it wont live up to the hype...pick it up now and read it. I regret taking so long to read Divergent. Five stars doesn't even do it any justice. Okay let me stop gushing over it and get on with the review.

Sixteen year old Beatrice Prior lives in a time where society is divided into five factions. Abnegation-the selfless, Candor-the honest, Dauntless-the brave,Erudite-the intelligent, and Amity-the peaceful. Then there is another group of people, one that if your are found out by others what you are will get you killed - Divergent.

I finished Veronica Roth's debut novel in a matter of hours. If you want an intense and compelling read Divergent is it. There was betrayal, corruption, and not to mention romance that developed realistically between Four (Tobias) and Tris (Beatrice).

The world building and plot was immaculately done. Then there were the plot twists that had me to the point where I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. And of course the fact that even all the secondary characters were all very well fleshed out which helped me fall in love with Divergent that much more.

Overall this was a fascinating read and I looking forward to picking up Insurgent when it releases.
reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 1432 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Whether I should rate this one at 4 stars or 5 is a tough call. Perhaps 4.5 stars would be better. I quite liked the book. It did remind me a bit of The Hunger Games series but this heroine is outstanding in terms of bravery. The only attribute that bothered me was the need to be subservient to her lover, Tobias or Four as he is known to the Dauntless (brave) faction. Chicago is divided into five factions: Dauntless, Candor (honest), Amity (peaceful), Erudite (intelligent), and Abnegation (selfless) each of which supposedly follows a lifestyle devoted to the core value. Beatrice or Tris as she becomes known grew up in Abnegation but has always felt that she did not belong. She questions, she has strong opinions and values herself for who she is. When she turns 16 she must take a test to determine where she would best fit. Once she decides there is no turning back. The trouble is that she shows strong tendencies for both Abnegation and Dauntless. She is Divergent, a dangerous classification and she doesn't know why it is so. Nevertheless, she is determined to pass through the Dauntless initiation. Those who don't become factionless and lead a dreary life of toil and near starvation performing the lowest level of work in the city. As she struggles to pass all the tests she discovers that she is drawn to one of the teachers, Four. His nearness unsettles her but she gradually learns to trust him and follow his advice to pass through initiation without revealing that she is Divergent. Discovered Divergents are killed as they are viewed as a threat to the factions. Tris must also develop friendships as only friends can really protect her through initiation. As the story uncoils one jumps off running trains, jumps off high buildings, runs through the streets and finally fights in a war between factions with Tris. I am looking forward to the sequel.
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tiffanyak avatar reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 215 more book reviews
This is a difficult book to gauge, except in comparison to other books within the same genre and audience, so I guess I'll approach it on that level. In many ways, the book read as though it wanted to be the next "Hunger Games," with a heroine reluctantly pulled into a struggle against a seemingly unbeatable system that ultimately seeks her destruction. Yet, it does not have quite what it takes to pull it off. I do enjoy the world that Roth created here. It reminds me very much of the best dystopian novels that I have read, while having a uniqueness to it which captured my attention. The central plot, however, is extremely slow to develop, leaving the whole book building up to the very end, when we finally catch on to what the trilogy apparently is meant to revolve around. This made it feel slow, and the writing did not help, though that did improve a bit at the end. Yet, I did feel that, in terms of my ultimate level of enjoyment, the book rightfully deserves four stars, mainly because it did leave off with what I hope to be a fair bit of potential (fair disclosure: I did start the second book already, and that has helped to form my opinion). Overall, it does not hold up to the greatest young adult works, in excitement or writing, but with it apparently being her first published book, I see potential talent here, and a story that has a lot of room to grow. After all, if even J.K. Rowling grew a lot as a writer as her series progressed, I cannot blame other authors for needing to do so too.
kirbybirby88 avatar reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on
I was skeptical about this book when i picked it up, BUT this book was beyond AMAZING!! I thought it started off kind of slow, but by the time chapter 5 rolled around.. i couldn't stop myself from flipping the pages. I couldn't put it down, i finished it just as fast as i picked it up.

I won't spend my time picking apart the flaws in the book, because i think you should read it yourself. I would recommend this to anyone. Especially if you are digging dystopians right now, do yourself a favor and check out Divergent. It's definately one of the best out right now.
jwickenk avatar reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Oh my goodness! I just finished reading this book and I literally couldn't put it down until I got to the end! And even now I cannot wait to read Insurgent to see what happens next - I just have to wait until it comes out next month! You could actually feel the emotions within Tris as she stuggles with her decisions. From being Beatrice to becoming Tris it was like you were there with her to feel scared, excited, ashamed, guilty, angry, brave and finally loved. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 67 more book reviews
This was a pretty good book. It wasn't a great book, and it didn't nab my attention as thoroughly as some other novels have, but it wasn't a bad book either. The premise was interesting and I did find some of the characters to be quite intriguing, but something about the story just wasn't enough. I still recommend it, but I wasn't invested enough to search out the sequels.
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Yes, loved the series.
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While many people I know have praised this book for its fast pace and intriguing characters, I myself found Veronica Roth's Divergent a take-off of other dystopian-related series. Being no fan of the Hunger Games' world's brutal reality, this book is slightly more appropriate for YA fiction fanatics. I would not recommend this book at all to readers expecting Harry Potter-quality fiction, but fans of other pop series would most likely enjoy this book.
reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Very entertaining book. I read it so fast (a true page turner). It had a lot of pretty brutal and violent scenes. I'm curious how that will translate for the movie. I need to read book 2 !
escapeartistk avatar reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 207 more book reviews
Contrary to what I expected given the very simple writing, this story moves quickly. Be advised that much of it is quite brutal.

Roth handles several coming-of-age issues with appreciable sophistication. The concept is original; the general storyline, not so much. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the sequel.
reviewed Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
AT my advanced age, I didn't know if this possibly young adult novel would appeal, but I enjoyed it so much that I bought the rest of the trilogy. Its themes apply to all ages.