Paperback | January 30, 2012

byVeronica Roth

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Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek ofInsurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, aDivergentplaylist, faction manifestos, and more!

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are-and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofDivergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek ofInsurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, aDivergentplaylist, faction manifestos, and more!In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-Candor (the honest),...

Veronica Roth is the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofDivergent,Insurgent,Allegiant, and several stories written in the world ofDivergent. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live near Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 1.31 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it It was nice
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! Perfect for fans of the hunger games! In my opinion it was even better with more interesting characters and a more unique plot
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This may not be the best book since it is typical but it is enjoyable. I got hooked into it even though there are some issues with it. I still like it though.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This may not be the best book since it is typical but it is enjoyable. I got hooked into it even though there are some issues with it. I still like it though.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! A very well written book. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! happy I read the book!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the Hunger Games... Or the start was.... I got more drawn into Tris's story than Hunger Games. She and Four draw you into them. The book very much captures it. Very much enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was such an exciting series, I loved it. Tris and Four and everyone... Highly suggest reading the series if you haven't. It's an adventure!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was a brilliant book! So excited to read the next one!!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jjddjjc Harambe thinks this is good
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was one of my favorite books! Loved it so much! It is a great book not just for younger readers but also adults as well.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I read this shortly after it came out, before there was a movie deal or a movie. I loved it then and I still love it now (although even though the movie is good, nothing compares to the book!)
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good very good. read this after i finished the hunger games and it satisfied my dystopian needs
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Choice Excellent Dystopian Novel
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Really enjoyed the series! #plumreviews
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Read LOVED this series, even if not the most original thing in the world. The writing was fantastic and the characters really grab you - especially Tris, and the voice she brings. Maybe it's not everyone's thing, but I found the series impossible to put down and don't think it deserves quite the amount of flak it's gotten. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Enjoyed it but not sure if I would want to move on and read the others but still good. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this and it was one of the best books I've read this year but a little too romantic.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great start to a great series! Pulls you right into the Divergent world.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from divergent is so so good i loved it, and i think i reread it like four times!!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. The author opened up and showed us this world of hers that she had created and drew me in right from the beginning. A definite read
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Copped out of a good ending The novel had an interesting premise and I loved that idea of the different factions. However, the novel cops out half way through and ends up getting really political in a way that ruins the story. The rest of the story became boring and very political.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good first book Not a bad read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just not my type of book I personally did not enjoy this book at all and couldn't stand reading it. The story is boring and I didn't like the characters. I was frustrated reading the book and wanted to stop reading it, but I had to keep reading it. I thought this would be an interesting book at first. This book is well written though. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A good read, but not as good as The Hunger Games, both in terms of plot and writing style. The romantic storyline was better developed than The Hunger Games though. If you've read The Hunger Games, it's really difficult not to compare the two. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I kept seeing this book in stores and I wanted to read it because I thought it would be good. It wasn't until I picked it up that I realised I was wrong; the story was great and so were the characters.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Movie Was Better In my opinion the movie showcases a lot better then the book! But still a good read for the series lovers.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great ** spoiler alert ** I must admit I was a little deceived by the book. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it, but I saw the movie before reading the book and I preferred the movie. I like reading dystopian books, so I really liked the plot. The idea of the factions reminded me of The Hunger Games which I read and loved. The only thing I didn't like in this book was the way the two main characters act. Four likes Tris and he knows that she is Divergent. He's doing everything to help her, but since he doesn't want anyone to know about it she misunderstand about everything he does. Then Tris is angry and she snaps at Four, who tells her that she doesn't understand... This happens more than once during the book and I found it to be a little annoying since it seems like both of them never learn anything from the last time they fought. Aside from that, it's a very great book and I would recommended it to young adults who like dystopian books.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Climactic Start I actually seen the movies to this series first, which in my opinion, makes the books so much better. You can imagine the book coming to life and it keeps sucking you in until the very end. Upon finishing I couldn't wait to get the next book in the series.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great So great couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another YA dystopian novel It's an easy, fun read if you aren't sick of all the dystopian fiction yet. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book i loved this
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I read this book a while back but I remember it being such a good book. I am definitely going to reread it in the future.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was very descriptive and had a great plot line. Was a great story to read.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you're into Dystopia If you're really into young adult dystopia, then this is exactly what you're looking for. Uses every single trope you can imagine, but can also be sort of enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Absolute Favorite Book This book is the best i have ever read, however just a heads up the other books in the series don't come close to being as good. This book is still worth reading on its own though! You won't regret purchasing it!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad Recommended to read this by a friend and glad I did. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It copies a bit of other series before it, and it isn't anything unique. However, it was fairly interesting to read though not in the least stimulating. The rest of the series got continuously worse, but this was the best out of the trilogy in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Amazing book so does the movie, loved it more than Hunger Games. Will recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I read this a while back. I found this book to be amazing, and the characters are likeable too. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Generic, not very unique but it was a good light read.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I love dystopic writing but I was a little disappointed with this, to be honest. It was not very unique and the concept was more or less the same as other dystopian books that came before it. It was not a bad read, but with all the praise I was really hoping for something a little more exciting.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I recently re-read this first book in the series. I had read it about 3 years ago and loved it, so I was excited to get all of the books last Christmas. The love story is amazing and the characters are written about so amazingly that you fall in love with them. Great series, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REALLY GOOD one of my favourite books i have ever read there is not a boring part to it
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!!! this book really gives readers a new perspective on human nature, how people react to categorization, to groups (factions). it describes things in a beautiful way.it is an amazing plot amazing conflict. Veronica Roth is just amazing. it so perfectly describes what it truly is to be different.
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Great book... couldn't put it down
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible this book was impossible to put down
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book of all time! This is the best book of all time and a MUST read!!!
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's the best book ever I have read this book about 3 times! I totally recommend this :)
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsom This book was awsome i loved i so much it was exiting and some whAt reminded me of the books hunger games
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read! Loved this book! Fell in love with the characters, continued to read the whole series. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent This book was amazing i could not put the book down once i started readin it sooooooo goood i love this book.
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable I liked this book a lot, it was very interesting but it was kind of slow at the beginning.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK Absaloutly loved it, gret for all ages and personalitys. Eveybody hould have a chance to read this book
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favourite book! Let me start off by saying I've had this book for 2/3 years now but every time I opened it I was never able to get past the first 2 pages as it didn't grab my attention right away. However, this summer my family and I decided to go on a 14 hour road trip and listening to music wasn't going to keep boredom from striking me so I decided to take this book with me. I forced myself to get past the first couple pages and by the second chapter I was hooked! Honestly, I read it for hours and was even sometimes forced to read in the dark and even then I wasn't able to put the book down! Just ordered Insurgent and I'm extremely hyped to read it!
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good easy read Unfortunately I watched the movie before reading this book, which probably influenced my opinion about it. But even if I liked the movie better, I found the book to be very good. I read it in just a few hours and I didn't want to stop. Read the first and the second in the series on one day. I find (compared to the movie) that the timeline and the order that things happen to be slightly confusing, but I don't want to that to affect my rating since I am sure I wouldn't have reacted to it had I not seen the movie. The writing is good and I find it easy to read and it just enough amount descriptions to make me feel the surroundings etc. I couldn't stop reading and I always felt like I needed to know what happened so I had to keep going. I feel like there may be a bit too many characters present in the book and it can at times get confusing who's who and all that, but overall I think Veronica Roth did a great job with this book. Somehow though, I failed to connect with Tris. I honestly feel like she's whiny and annoying. I only kept reading cause I liked Four. I would have rather had this story from his POV. But I may also be biased here because of the movie (which I really liked) and I can't say what reaction I would have had to his character had I not seen it on TV beforehand.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding Excellent storyline. Couldnt put it down. Captivating. Cant wait for the next ones. A story wrapped perfectly in suspense and romance.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent surprise me When I first started it I thought it was okay but I stop after reading a few chapter. But later in the summer of last year I'll give that book a another chance. Then I thought why didn't I like it when I first read it? This book is really good it surprise me.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good, but not amazing I actually started this book last summer . I read through the first few chapters of the novel and when the year got busy, completely stopped reading and restarted this summer. In my opinion, it has a really slow beginning that is not very captivating, which made it hard to get into. I would have preferred if it grasped me right from the beginning. Although it did have lots of action, the action was not very "action-packed". The events that took place in the novel were not "heart racers". The most interesting part was probably the end of the book. Despite not being as action-packed as I would have liked, the novel contained some very interesting ideas about fear and human instinct. These notions, along with my general interest in romance, is enough to keep me reading on in the series.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from divergent is the best book ever Divergent was the best book I have read in a long time. This book demonstrates a good plot and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure and suspense.
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Divergent Set in an unknown post apocolyptic world, when young people come of age they have to choose what personality faction they will be part of. They can remain in the faction in which they were born or can choose to move to a different faction where they will be trained & tested to see if they meet the standards of the new choice. If they do not pass they become factionless and join the group of nameless people living in the burnt out ruins of the city. This is different, but will make you think of the Hunger Games. I may read the second book, but no guarantees on that.
Date published: 2015-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointingly simple I love fantasy and sci-fi, and usually enjoy YA series in the genres. I tore through Harry Potter, I devoured The Hunger Games (sorry), heck, I even enjoyed The Mortal Instruments. My work friends told me I'd love Divergent. Realizing that these are the same people who told me I'd love Twilight *shudder* and 50 Shades of (dull) Grey, I took their advice with a grain of salt, but hoped for the best. I was looking forward to discovering Roth's world and learning about its interesting social divisions. Meh. It's not bad, it's just not mind-blowing. The story unfolds too slowly and predictably, and doesn't really tell us anything about ourselves we didn't know. Young teens and people who don't mind reading books strictly written for that age group will likely enjoy the book. It's a fairly light, easy, inoffensive read that doesn't really break any new ground, but will appeal to those who like their dystopian sci-fi on the easy-to-digest side.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aw yeah!!! Its amazing!!!! theres everything you could ask for in it!love, violence, mystery,loyalty, and batrayal! i really suggest it!
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent This book was absoloutly amazing! This is by far my favourite book . . Ever! I advise you read it!
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swesome Best teen read. I loved the characters, Tris is my favorite. I could honestly say that this book is almost better than harry potter
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent Oh my goodness if you do not like this book you are absolutely CRAZY!! Divergent is such an amazing book and Tris and Four really keep the story going! Thank you Veronica Roth!
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent Really good book. Can't wait to read the other 2 books in the trilogy. I'm a sucker for a strong female lead.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from H€!!0 I read this book when i was 11, and my grandma read it too! so no doubt, this book is for all ages.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insurgent Love the book! Great story line, was always guessing at what would happens next, and kept being surprised by the outcomes
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivated from start to finish I bought this book for my younger brother for Christmas two years ago. After seeing the film, I borrowed the book. It took me two days to read it. I loved it! It kept me captivated from beginning to end and I didn't want to put it down. The plot and characters are fantastic and the way in which Roth writes is so vivid that your imagination can picture everything perfectly. I enjoyed the book MUCH more than the film, which is a bonus in my opinion.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One of the best dystopians! This is what got me into reading and has built my love for it. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guys It was fricking amazing and im a guy so i thought that it would be boring and slow but it was the complete oppsite
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent Are you Abnegation, or Candor, or Amity, or Dauntless, or Erudite? Are you selfless or honest or peaceful or brave or smart? Which faction do YOU belong to? Or are you Divergent, the reellious type of mind. You don't fit into any catagory. One choice can transform you... forever. Enter the life of Beatrice "Tris" Prior, an oddity even among Divergent. She has three Aptitude results- Dauntless, Abegation, and Erudite, while most Divergent have two. Born in Abnegation, chose Dauntless, Tris meets Tobias "Four" Eaton. Is he Divergent too? The pair must survive evil leaders, smart villains, a simulated attack, Divergent extinction, insae trials, and fear itself to ride the train another day.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet!! It was pure awesomeness! Couldn't put it down great storyline! Great energy and amazing backstory for all the characters. I would read it again!!!
Date published: 2015-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I bought this book just yesterday. I needed a new book to read (I was desperately book-less) and so naturally, I went to Chapters/Indigo and bought myself this little guy. I.. absolutely could NOT STOP READING this! The way it's written captures you from that first page. I knew I had to buy this book. And so I read it cover-to-cover today. I don't see any flaws, but the way it's written just takes my breath away. I won't give any spoilers, but in the last book (Allegiant) somebody dies. I wonder who ;) Thank you Veronica Roth for this AMAZING PERFECT CREATIVE BOOK!!!! Can't believe something this amazing exists around here. Gosh it's fantastic!
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER!!!! The only reason I ever started this book was because my best friend wouldn't shut up about it. Also because, The movie was a week from coming out and my Best friend really wanted me to read it. She bought the book for me and FORCED me to read it. When I first started this book, it felt weird, 5 factions? Chicago? It was all confusing, but that confusion only lasted for about 3 pages. Veronica really knows how to write a book. From Cover to Cover, there was not ONE part where i felt like abandoning the book. NOT ONCE!! This book explained everything so well! The descirptions NEVER being too long, or too short. She provided a great visual, and the story was just GREAT! This book is about 16 year old Tris, who is born in the faction of Abnegation, who believe in Selflesness. No matter how much she tries, she just can't seem to fit in like her brother and family seem to in Abnegation. When choosing day comes around, she makes a choice that will change her forever. In her new faction, she finds herself, and finally figures out who she is. As war is unfolding in their perfect world, Tris has a secret. A secret that can stop all of this. But can also take her live, and those she loves. The Character of Tris, is perfect. She is portrayed as a *Little Girl* who is descovering herself. She is brave, and easy to relate to. The book is told in her point of view, and is just perfect that way. The Character of *Four* is just drooling hot........ sorry, got lost. Anyways, he is strong, brave, and nver looks at Tris like a *little Girl*. You get to know him through Tris's eyes, but the extra book in the series "Four" really shows you his life before meeting Tris, and gives you a better look at him. I just can't say enough about him, but i'll let you discover him, instead of me giving everything away. The same Goes for Tris. The chemistry between *Four* and Tris was just so.. aniurhuivbnsknrskbdj!!! I love both of them. There are not words to describe how awesome they are. Their pair is just so, great. And as much as i want *Four*, I love him with Tris. This book was fast paced, suspenceful, romantic, and had EVERYTHING in it! It was just so PERFECT!! Not ONE dull moment. In conclusion, I recomend this book to anyone. I hated reading, before my friend made me start this book, and now; i can Safely say it was the best desision i ever made. For the Fans of The Hunger Games , PJO, , and The Maze Runner, this book is a great book. If you can scrolling down to see what others say about this book, I say: READ IT!
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Read three times and still can't get over how amazing this is!
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved the movie so I got this book. Book and movie are both fantastic! I had a difficult time putting the book down. I am very excited to read next book!
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever Divergent was the most greatest book I have ever seen. I cant wait to read the other books!Divergent is awesome
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The first book promised potential... Fast paced and well built in the beginning. Interesting environment, characters, and technology that kept me turning the page to find out more. Sadly I can't say the same for the next book in the series, and I won't be finishing the series.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent I loved this book! Definitely 5 stars! I recommend this book to anybody who loves action adventure and romance♥
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergeng The book divergent is a thrilling book in wich the charecters are faced with some of the biggest challengesthey have ever faced. It is a must read book!
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read hunger games first and was looking hungrily for something more found this series and was over joyed. Left me desperate to read the next in the series.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent Amazing read, zipped through the entire book and never put it down. The explanation of her writing process and then different points of view made it even better.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Diivergent Seems like we live like this anyway if different we are shunned or disliked.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so much more than I expected Roth takes a very intriguing tone while writing this story. You feel like you?re in conversation with the main character, seeing the world from her point of view. She develops this world in a vivid and realistic manner that allows you to really see and understand everything. The entire novel is full of intensity. You can even feel it through the low key moments. It drives you forward, keeping you on your toes, trying to guess what will happen next and how it will all end. Roth has a very approachable writing style that draws you to the main character. You not only get to know her quite well but are drawn into her world. I really enjoyed seeing things from her perspective. You get to know Triss and Four in an up close and personal manner. The slow character development as they get to know one another and as Triss discovers who she really is was brilliant. It allows for complete development without stopping the storyline for an info-dump. The supporting cast was really unique as well. They filled out the story nicely. My overall thoughts? This was a brilliant novel that drew me completely into Roth?s world. I can?t wait to continue reading this series. I?m dying to know what happens next.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite a good read. I really enjoyed this book. However, just to warn you, there is A LOT (and I'm talking a lot) of action. So if you do not enjoy that type of thing, I suggest choosing something else. I would recommend this book to anyone ages 12 .
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book for dystopian lovers! In Dystopian Chicago, the Choosing Ceremony is celebrated when the young people of a community turn sixteen. This is where they choose which faction they will remain in forever. It was decided long ago to divide people into five factions to make, not only the people better, but society as a whole better. They are in place to discourage selfishness, wrath, deceit, ignorance, and fear. During the Choosing Ceremony, Beatrice decides to change her life. She chooses a life with the Dauntless. Upon arriving at her new home, she becomes someone new. She becomes Tris. However her choice isn?t merely to avoid a place she felt like she didn?t belong, she chooses Dauntless due to finding out she is something more?something she has been warned is a dangerous thing to be. Tris is Divergent. Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/review-divergent/
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad - A Bit Overrated I got the box set of Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant because it was on sale and I heard it was really good. When I started reading Divergent, I was a little disappointed - the storyline is really good, but you can tell that this is Roth's first book. A lot of lines are repeated throughout the novel and it's a bit predictable. Nevertheless, it is an exciting read. I recommend reading it just because Allegiant is AMAZING and it's worth getting through this book and Insurgent just to understand what's going on in Allegiant.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever I loved my book so much that I could only think of one con which is strong violence. I think this is a con because if an 8 year old for example wants to read this book they can't because it is not age appropriate for them because of the violence. Tris Prior the main character in the book lives in a city that is split into five factions: Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intelligent. On a certain day, all 16 year olds gather for the faction ceremony. They must take a test, which determines what faction is best for them. The fact that the 16 year olds take a test helps them in making their choice to which faction they belong to. Tris's results are equal for three factions Erudite, Dauntless and Abnegation and she is forbidden to tell anyone, or her life will be in danger since divergent people were being executed. This means she is Divergent, and it is exceedingly rare. She chooses Dauntless, while her brother picks Erudite. She meets her boyfriend, Four, in Dauntless. He is named Four because he only has four fears. He also tells her what his real name is: Tobias. Erudite ends up taking over Dauntless to kill all Abnegation, but Tris is from there, and her family is currently Abnegation. Because Tris is Divergent, she can do something about it. She figures out that her boyfriend, Tobias, is also Divergent. They work together and stop Erudite from killing all Abnegation. Tris risks her life for her family, which shows the Abnegation section of her. Erudite aims to kill her, but Tris is too clever. Beatrice doesn't really fit in with the selflessness of her birth faction, but she isn't sure she can leave her family and everything she's ever known for a different faction. Her brother is selfless to the core, so at least her parents will still have one child, but she's not sure if she's brave enough to defy expectations and choose elsewhere. Then her brother does the unthinkable and chooses a different faction. Beatrice almost lets that sway her into staying put, but at the last second she chooses to become Dauntless, leaving her parents without either child. The main characters involved in this book include Tris,Tobias(Tris’s boyfriend, Marcus’s son, and former Abnegation), Marcus (Tobias’s father) , Natalie (Tris’s Mom),Christina (former Candor), and Caleb who is Tris’s brother. They all play an important part in the book they are related to each other in some form or way, as in Tobias was a former Abnegation, and then transferred to Dauntless for the reason that his father was abusing him, which is one of his fears. This book belongs to the mature content section, due to the fact of the amount, violence and other content, for example the violence there was the fighting of hand to hand combat in the book, which then is further described in extreme detail. Some other examples include her fears which may require some viewer discretion. The book was a highlight itself meaning, that if one part came to an end another part would start and it wouldn’t be almost as if it’s slowing down and then starting back up. For, example once Beatrice found out that she was Divergent it was exhilarating with the amount of detail in the scenes, then right after came the Faction Choosing ceremony, in which one cuts their palm and let the blood drip into one of the five bowls representing the five factions, once they end the ceremony the initiation begins, with training about teamwork, physical and mental training, which never ends. Making it a great read There was a lot of good things in this book like how when you pick up the book you can't put it down because all the details and emotions like romance suspense and excitement makes the book come together. Since this is my favourite book there weren't many bad things to be honest there. We're some. Bad things like how there was lots of violence so some people can't read it because it isn't age appropriate. This book is a great insight the virtues of the human nature but on an individual standards, almost a game to survive, such as the Hunger games, with it’s own spin to it. The factions make sense and the environment and mores of each group as we see them fit their supposed founding principles well. The Dauntless initiation process is a bit disturbing, but it fits the story nicely. It's quite violent and gory for a younger audience, but it works in context.
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Of The Book "Divergent" By Veronica Roth Introduction This book, called divergent, is a bestseller by Veronica Roth, and will absolutely BLOW YOUR MIND! Have you ever read, the Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or any other dystopian novels like that, you will love this book. Evidence There is a world in where there is 5 factions. Erudite, smartness, Dauntless, bravery, Abnegation, selfless, Amity, peace, Candor, honesty. Everybody is given a test, then is decided to choose a faction. The main character’s name in this book, is Beatrice. She later on changes her name to Tris when she join the faction Dauntless, because her name sounds too weak while Tris sounds a little bit more sturdy and strong. The plot in this book is the best i’ve other than the book called “The Mortal Instruments”. There is many plot twists (Especially in the last book) such as her brother betraying her. One of the main part is the Erudite faction, launching an attack to destroy the Abnegation faction, a.k.a the battle for the ruling of the city. However most of the Abnegation died. Including Tris and Caleb’s parents. Conclusion In the end, I think this was a really AWESOME book, and is definitely worth your money. Go buy it right NOW!
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The World of Divergent Divergent is about a girl Beatrice Prior who has to conquer her fears and face life as it is, except her life is way harder than ours. She has to go through so much things we probably won't have to go through. She lives in a dystopian world, which is divided into five different factions. Abnegation the selfless, Amity the kind, Candor the honest, Dauntless the brave, and lastly Erudite the smart. As she goes through problems she meets great people. Beatrice is a very nice person she is okay with the life she lives until one day. The aptitude test, the day that you find out where you belong. At the end of the test, Beatrice’s results were inconclusive, which meant that she got more than one result. Which is called being divergent, after the aptitude test(not right after) there is a choosing ceremony where you pick the faction you would like to live in for the rest of your life. Beatrice chooses Dauntless(she used to be in Abnegation), and her brother Caleb chose Erudite. When she joins she changes her name to Tris because Beatrice sounds too much like Abnegation Going through the initiation Tris goes through a lot of difficulties and problems, but luckily Tris made new friends and maybe even a boyfriend. What is really hard for her is keeping the secret that if she reviles she might die. Tris and Four are in love, and Tris’s best friend Christina and her other friend Will are together too. Tris and Four find out something very important, Erudite is going to attack Abnegation, but how? At night everyone is mind controlled and start killing the Abnegation, because Tris and Four are divergent they aren’t affected. But they get caught, and Four gets a simulation for being divergent and it works. Tris gets rescued by her mom but she dies and so does her dad. In the end they go to the Amity for protection. In conclusion read the book! But what I really mean to say is it is a really good, strong, and detailed book. Even the tiny details are good that is how amazing it is. After all this reading you still don’t want to read it then don’t but just keep the book in mind if you get bored. I know that all of you people that haven't read the book will want to right? Just remember these words, one choice can transform you.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The World of Divergent Divergent is about a girl Beatrice Prior who has to conquer her fears and face life as it is, except her life is way harder than ours. She has to go through so much things we probably won't have to go through. She lives in a dystopian world, which is divided into five different factions. Abnegation the selfless, Amity the kind, Candor the honest, Dauntless the brave, and lastly Erudite the smart. As she goes through problems she meets great people. Beatrice is a very nice person she is okay with the life she lives until one day. The aptitude test, the day that you find out where you belong. At the end of the test, Beatrice’s results were inconclusive, which meant that she got more than one result. Which is called being divergent, after the aptitude test(not right after) there is a choosing ceremony where you pick the faction you would like to live in for the rest of your life. Beatrice chooses Dauntless(she used to be in Abnegation), and her brother Caleb chose Erudite. When she joins she changes her name to Tris because Beatrice sounds too much like Abnegation Going through the initiation Tris goes through a lot of difficulties and problems, but luckily Tris made new friends and maybe even a boyfriend. What is really hard for her is keeping the secret that if she reviles she might die. Tris and Four are in love, and Tris’s best friend Christina and her other friend Will are together too. Tris and Four find out something very important, Erudite is going to attack Abnegation, but how? At night everyone is mind controlled and start killing the Abnegation, because Tris and Four are divergent they aren’t affected. But they get caught, and Four gets a simulation for being divergent and it works. Tris gets rescued by her mom but she dies and so does her dad. In the end they go to the Amity for protection. In conclusion read the book! But what I really mean to say is it is a really good, strong, and detailed book. Even the tiny details are good that is how amazing it is. After all this reading you still don’t want to read it then don’t but just keep the book in mind if you get bored. I know that all of you people that haven't read the book will want to right? Just remember these words, one choice can transform you.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating book I would probably rate this book PG-14.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fast paced and entertaining read In the first book in the Divergent Trilogy, Beatrice lives in a future Chicago where people are divided into 5 factions representing the main characteristic of each person: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (love), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (courage) and Erudite (knowledge). Beatrice has spent her childhood in Abnegation with her family. At the beginning of the book, she has just turned 16, and she must choose which faction she will belong to for the rest of her life. An aptitude test reveals that Beatrice is Divergent, the results being inconclusive. She is told that she must hide this fact as this puts her in great danger. After much reflection and conflicted feelings, she chooses to be part of Dauntless and has to leave her family. She is then whisked to her new faction where she will undergo training. The 10 best initiates will become Dauntless, and the rest will be factionless (homeless). A fierce competition arises between the 20 youth in training, and Beatrice, or Tris as she is now called, must deal with the fact that she is Divergent on top of the physical and mental initiation. Meanwhile, something big is brewing that will turn Tris' world upside down. Despite similarities with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent was highly entertaining and fast paced, and the dystopian world the author created was interesting and believable. In addition, I thought it was amazing that Veronica Roth wrote this book in her early twenties while she was still in college. In fact, it was an immediate success, and the film rights were bought before she graduated from college. I can't wait to see the movie and read the next book in the trilogy, Insurgent. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Misjudged A few months ago, I read halfway through the book and I wrote a review saying I didn't like the book. I picked it up again last week, and I found out, that i actually loved it! I'm sorry for writing a negative review on it, but I didn't finish the story, I found out that it had a great story and I loved it. It was just as good as the Hunger Games!
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating read! This is a great a read.  The story is unique and really keeps your attention throughout the entire novel.  I quickly picked up the second and third book of the series!!
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just don't start I just finished the final book in the trilogy and am so very disappointed in the ending. The characters and story line are interesting enough to grab your attention if you feel up to all the darkness. Occasionally there is some light to make all the heaviness worthwhile. The ending of the series just ruins all the time invested in reading 3 books. Just don't start...
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!! Okay, so everybody has been talking about this trilogy and the movie is coming out soon (and you always have to read the book before you watch the movie) so I though I'd give it a shot. I am so disappointed I didn't buy the box set because I can't wait to get my hands on the second book. This book was absolutely incredible! There are some twists in here that you don't expect and some that you do, there is great charter development and just an amazing story line altogether. This is a book that I was completely absorbed in and didn't even want to go and eat. All I wanted to do was finish this book! this was one of those book that I just could not put down and followed me around when I was not reading it. It would not get out of my head and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping teen dystopian story about friendship, betrayal, inner strength, romance, bravery & corruption Book 1 of 3 (with a couple of short stories available in e-format that fit in between the novels). A dystopian-type story set in a future (post war?) Chicago where society has been restructured into 5 factions based on human qualities in an attempt to remove corruption from the different facets of society. The story revolves around Beatrice, a teenager who must undergo initiation in the faction of her choosing (see author's description for more detail). If you've read & liked books such as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Bane by H.M. Ward, then you will definitely love Divergent by Veronica Roth. My appreciation: I couldn't put Divergent down. Whenever I'd end a chapter, I'd look at the time to see if I could sneak in another chapter. It's a gripping story. The story is fast paced and there is never a dull moment. There is a nice balance of action, friendship, lightness, deeper inner struggles, love, politics & war. Be forewarned, Veronica Roth is not afraid to kill off her characters for the sake of her story. Constructive Criticism: The romance between the 2 main characters is wonderful but I didn't get butterflies in my stomach. Technical stuff: Divergent is written in the first person, present tense, from Beatrice's point of view. I am an averaged-speed reader and it took me 12 hours to read it. Safe for younger teens: No sexual content (although there is reference to sex) BUT there is violence, blood, weapons & death. Genres and keywords: Dystopian, Teen, Science Fiction, Love/Romance, Politics, War.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! If you're a fan of the Hunger Games Series, the Divergent series is highly recommended! Finished the book in less than 2 days, couldn't put it down! The characters are full of personality, and the I can't wait to read the second book!
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Divergent by Veronica Roth is a novel that I read a few years ago when it first came out. However, with the upcoming release of the film in March 2014, an event that I am super excited about, and with the recent release of the third novel in the series, I decided that I should probably revisit it. After reading the first chapter, I remembered just how much I loved this book! The constant movement, realistic characters, factions, it was all too much to put down. I read this book from cover to cover, all 487 pages of it, in less than three hours. This book is a total page-turner with non-stop action and movement; you never know what will happen next! My favourite part was probably learning about the different factions throughout the novel and guessing which I would fit into. Thankfully, there was a quiz at the back to help me figure it out.  If you read this novel, which you should without asking any further questions, you too will be immersed into Beatrice’s world, wanting to know which faction you would fit into.
Date published: 2013-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Dystopian setting! The book starts off with Beatrice Prior, an Abgenation who as we know it is in the selfless faction. The abgenation faction is selflessness, erudite is knowledge, dauntless is courage, amity is peace. At sixteen, all citizens take a test that will help them determine which faction they are most suited to. She takes the test and her result is that she is Divergent, a combination of all factions. Her final decision faction though is Dauntless. To be accepted as a Dauntless member Beatrice must rank high into each of her trial missions. I won't go into detail of each mission because my reviews are spoiler free but I will say the action and plot starts around the 400+ page. I enjoyed reading about the missions very much but I wished the plot started sooner because I wanted to know what the government was up to. And at the very end, I was left with such a cliffhanger that I'm sure I'll be first in line to buy the second novel. Hopefully, all my questions will be answered. Not to mention that having a love story woven into the plot also acts as a key driver for drama :)
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Dystopian Book You Cannot Miss This is my re-read for Divergent because I just bought Allegiant. I DNFed Insurgent last year, so I'm giving the series a try again this year and I'll be reviewing the whole series as I go along. Divergent was as fantastic as I remembered. The world is still so great and everything is described really well. I was blown away a second time by this book. The action was non-stop and I couldn't stop myself from flipping the pages. There is this tension all the time and it feels like there isn't a single calm moment in the entire book. It keeps you moving and it keeps you reading for more. This book is definitely an attention-grabber and I would really recommend it to everyone. If you're hung over from Hunger Games (that is, if you're new to the YA book world), I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up. TRUST ME. YOU NEED IT.  Rating: A+
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I haven't read The Hunger Games, so I can't comment on any similarities between Divergent and those books. What I can tell you is that I thought Divergent was pretty good. The author presented a well-thought out, engaging story. The characters were interesting and it had intriguing overarching themes. It wasn't gimmicky; it was a story about something real. Ultimately, this is a story about the choices we make and how we relate to one another. I thought the story had just the right mix of action and emotion, and I will definitely be continuing on with the series. This author has really impressed me.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but no Hunger Games One of the more interesting books I've read in teen fiction lately. Roth is able to bring new ideas to dystopian literature, but still relies on common archetypes of the genre. The writing isn't great but not a bad first outing for the young author.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic I don't even know where to start!!!!!! GAWD. I'm still reeling. I think I have a secret love for YA fiction. I must. Epic. I love all things epic. And this story was nothing short of epic. I loved Tris, I loved her mother, I loved Tobias.. I loved them all! The characters were amazing and their relationships even more-so! The last few chapters had me bawling; my heart absolutely aching!  I picker up this book less then 24 hours ago and I seriously barely put it down.  I'm about to pick up Insurgent, but I think I should probably do some house work first or this could be dangerous..And to think, I only read this because someone selected it for book club.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alright! So I recently read this book for english class. The book was amazing, and the characters were well developed. The book kept me reading and drew me in quickly! I believe every teenager should read this book because it is one that you can't put down! One thing I didn't like about the book is that it was easy to see what was coming up. When reading certain parts, you could easily make predictions and most likely they would be true. Other then that the book was more then amazing.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I only ordered this book as I saw an article about the making of the movie Divergent. It is an easy read but I couldn't put it down. I have never read a book like this. It is a world where society has been divided into different social groups depending on certain behaviors. There is romance but as another person commented on, it does not overpower the story. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I really enjoyed reading this novel. The idea is spectacular and is what kept me reading all the way to the end. My friends were telling me about the novel and its romance and I was concerned that the romance would dominate and that the original idea and plot would suffer because I've seen that happen. But it was really quite pleasant and actually added to it! My only complaint is that after reading books like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, I found the writing style somewhat dull, which made the beginning of the novel difficult to get through until it really picked up. It seemed to get better throughout the story and by the end of it I was happy that I decided to keep going. I look forward to book two, and I hope that it keeps going strong like Catching Fire did in the Hunger Games, as opposed to losing appeal like The Scorch Trials did in The Maze Runner (Maze Runner is also a good read by the way). So, I'm not so in love with it that I would purchase the books right now, but I'm glad that I read it and hopefully it gets even better over the course of the last two novels!!
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from *yawn* Uh!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book wasn't that good, and people compared this to the Hunger Games, but no, the Hunger Games was good, this book wasn't good. I couldn't finish it, that's how much I was bored. I didn't even give the second book a chance because I disliked Book One so much. The BookReviewer
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Decent Alright, so really, I picked this one up as a read to take camping with me. I'd been putting off reading it, since the people who kept recommending it to me were all a bunch of romance fans, and I REALLY dislike romance novels. Anyway,to the review. I really enjoyed the book! I was a little surprised by this, all things considered, but yes, I really did enjoy it. The whole premise behind the book was really intriguing, and creepy at the same time. Just the thought of our society being split into groups based on different moral and virtue "high grounds" when currently our world is so grey on the matters was definitely a really interesting take on the matters at hand. And the whole idea that society blames a lack of these virtues for the fall of the world, while again being a fairly foreign concept in today's society, struck me as something that could be quite realistic in the future. Well done. Story wise, I loved the premise, and I really, truly loved the characters. I loved getting inside Tris' head, and could really understand and feel her emotions and turmoil as she was put through the ringer for her choices. The story was intriguing, and a lot of fun to ride through. So I was a little disappointed when a story about choices threw a curve ball into the plot before she could make what I believe would have been probably the most important choice yet. It was all like, "Yeah, I can't wait to see what she chooses to do for the rest of her life! I'm super excited, because she went through so much to get here!" And then WHAM! ZOMBIES! At least that's how I look at it. I just... I don't get it. And I honestly think that part, at the end, could have been better suited to the second book, instead of forcing it into the first. Or the author could have made the book a little longer to incorporate some of the things I'm sure we all wanted to know.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lived up to the hype! I'm always skeptical when a book becomes extremely popular. I'm not one for sappy romances, and that seems to be what usually boosts a YA to best-seller status, but Divergent exceeded my expectations. I was hooked after the first chapter, and the action and surprises never stopped! And Tris was a total badass. If she and Katniss were in a battle, I honestly don't know who would win! The romance was cute but not overdone, which is just how I like it. Four is a spicy meat-a-ball! I definitely recommend Divergent for fans of action, sci-fi and badassery!
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves more than 5 stars. Make sure you have a lot of time on your hands once you begin reading this book because you will not be able to put it down. Yes, it's another distopian story, but Veronica Roth really knows how to pull you in. She not only captures you with her words, but with the world she creates as well as the characters you will find yourself becoming deeply invested in.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Amazing Divergent My product is a book. It is written by Veronica Roth. The book is a story about a 16 year old, Beatrice Prior.This book is very similar to the Hunger Games Trilogy and Blood Red Road. This is a very famous book. At the age of 16 all children will leave make a choice of staying in their own faction or picking another ones (5 factions-Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor and Amity.) Beatris chooses Dauntless. She must pass all Dauntless test and conditions to become a member. She thinks it is easy until there are problems with her aptitude tests which suggest the faction you pick. For her, there is no faction, her results are not normal. Tris (her new name) is DIVERGENT. Her life is danger. Tris is in danger. Then there is Four, an instructor and she finds out that he is divergent like her and unexpected romance.But when Erudite try to destroy the Divergent. I would suggest this book for people who like violence and love stories. This is a really book good for dystopian readers. This book can be suggested for both adults and kids but not recommended for kids under the age of 10 years because it is not only violence but also romance. As a result, Divergent is a really high rated book and is liked by a lot of people. I would like the author to give a setting for the book like where did it take place (country or city). Divergent is very similar to the Hunger Games and Blood Red Road. I don’t think this is really possible in real life but the end of Divergent and half of Insurgent is about war between Abnegation and the Erudite. If I were Tris Prior I would have made the decision to go to Erudite while hacking their computers and secretly helping my faction. If I were to rate this book I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. Overall I enjoyed reading this book. It was one of the books that made me reflect about it a lot. If I were to rate this book I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. Overall I enjoyed reading this book. It was one of the books that made me reflect about it a lot.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divergent Review It is a dystopian novel that many people have already read and enjoyed. In this book there is a girl who left her family's faction which is a big disgrace to the people. So she has to learn to survive in a faction that she has never trained for. The book divergent is a very well written book. which is should be enjoyed by everyone. I like that how the book was well explained with lots of detail which gave the book more excitement and anticipation. I also like that most things that were going on in the book was well explained. Now I didn't really like the fact that the book had a small amount of pages. What I am excited about this book is that the movie is currently being made for people to go to the theatres to enjoy. I think this is really similar to hunger games. When I was reading this I was thinking since the hunger games has districts and no one can leave like how in Divergent no one can leave because of a fence, I was wondering if it is because the government in Divergent and the government in hunger games were trying to keep the other people from seeing the other people. This is my short summary of this book. This fun filled book would be enjoyed by many different types of people because there is action, romance, and mystery in this book. This would be a good book for people who like hunger games because it is similar like the action and all the killing. They are both girls who are brave and friendly. Some characters were like how four’s personality was very similar to Peeta’s personality. The pictures look similar and the pictures kind of look the same to. I really like the front cover and how it really shows what the books main idea is about. I think this is a good book because it is really portable and the book has good font because it takes up most of the pages so that the paper is not wasted. That is good for the environment. All in all I think Divergent is a fun filled book that deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Most Adventurous Book Alive It’s about a sixteen year old girl named Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior who turns out to be Divergent which is very dangerous. She meets other Divergents and needs help to keep safe with the help of her fighting instructor Four(Tobias Eaton). She embarks on a journey of love and a journey of loss since she loses her loved ones. She does anything she can to stop the people who are killing anyone in a certain faction to show that she can do anything at a young age. Divergent follows the life of Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior who leaves her faction Abnegation, the selfless faction, for Duantless, the fearless faction. She learns about the dangers of Duantless and needs to do everything she can to save her old faction. It’s a truly amazing book with a few unneeded parts. It tells an amazing journey of a girl and can make your imagination grow.
Date published: 2013-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic YA dystopian with non-stop action! Dystopia is one of my favourite genres, and Divergent does not disappoint. It totally knocked my socks off, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it! This dystopian society contains five factions, which developed as a result of people’s blame of different personality flaws for the world’s downfall: Amity (who are kind and loving towards others and blame aggression), Erudite (who seek to educate themselves because they blame ignorance), Candor (who are brutally honest because they blame schemers), Abnegation (who are completely selfless because they blame selfishness), and Dauntless (who are fearless because they blame cowards). The factions all have their own rules of dress, behaviour, food, and shelter. When a person reaches 16 years of age, she will undergo an aptitude test which involves a simulation to determine which faction she will belong to. The subject is presented with different scenarios and options. How the subject chooses to respond to each scenario will eventually eliminate a faction. The test continues until just one is left. The person then needs to make a choice to either remain in the faction that she was raised in or transfer into another faction. The person does not necessarily have to choose the faction that was the outcome of the aptitude test. Rather, it reveals to the subject their propensity towards one faction over another. Faction transfers are often frowned upon by both the faction they have deserted and the one that they have joined. They often have to prove themselves that they are worthy of the new faction, since they have been raised in a completely different manner with different ideals. Each faction transfer must endure an initiation. The protagonist of the story is Beatrice “Tris” Pryor, who is a 16 year-old teenager. She was raised in the Abnegation faction and is facing her upcoming aptitude test. Putting all others before herself has never come easily to her. Her older brother, Caleb, makes it seem so easy. Tris struggles with it, and she has always felt like she never really fit in. Her natural instinct is her curious nature, which has been stifled by Abnegation’s rules. The results of Tris’ aptitude test are inconclusive. The tester reveals to her that she has equal aptitude for Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. These results are rare, and she is warned not to discuss the results with anyone because it would be dangerous for her. Tris is faced with a monumental decision to either stay with her family in Abnegation or join another faction. Roth’s world-building had me utterly engrossed. I loved the segregation of the society into different factions and how different each one was from the others. I loved Tris, and I could relate to her. Her strength and courage makes her such a great role model. I loved how she evolved and came into her own. I also really enjoyed the budding romance with her love interest, Four! This is a fantastic YA dystopian with non-stop action, and it was difficult to put it down! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Insurgent, which was released last year. I have really enjoyed the last few books narrated by Emma Galvin (including Kresley Cole's Poison Princess and Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster), and this one is no exception. She was believable as teenage Tris, and she didn’t overdo the characterizations. She has a clear voice, which is easy to listen to, and her pace is bang-on. A great narrator draws you into the story and makes it even more intense, and Galvin certainly achieved this!
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love the Hunger Games, You'll love this Everyone was telling me that I should read this and everyone was always talking about it so I decided to give it a try. At first I wasn't really enjoying it but once the story picked up i could barley keep away from it. I loved the characters and how their personalities were like nothing Ive ever seen and the plot was just amazing. Not too fast and not too slow. i couldn't believe how amazing the plot and events were. I can't wait to read the second one. :D
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I personally love this book. It's more about Tris learning to live with the decision she made then trying to pick a fraction to go into. I felt that Tris is relatable and isn't your typical lead female character. Shes short, admits and has other people admit that she isnt pretty (but isn't ugly), doesn't win every fight, and isn't at the top of everything and isn't the best at everything. I hate when people compare books to other books, and i find that a lot of people are comparing this series to The Hunger Games. I think that, yes, there are some similarities, but much more differences between the two series. The characters are not the same (I find that Tris, for all the reasons above, is not like Katniss), and the plot, although has some similarities, is mostly different. I do admit that Divergent might not be the same book as it would be if The Hunger Games were not written, nor would it have the same effect on readers. Again, i believe that books shouldn't be compared to others. I liked Four and the relationship between Him and Tris. I felt it added more to the story and definitely made it more appealing. The writing was really good. About 3/4 of the time I could picture all the feelings of the characters and the scenes, but I had trouble with the Pit and the glass building. I enjoyed all of the events and the whole premise of this series. When buying this book, I was hesitant because I wasn't familiar with the author and it did sound like the typical fantasy book with a lead girl who is emotionally and physically strong who also happens to save the day. This wasn't one of those books. Tris does things that other characters in other books like this one don't do. She is sometimes not emotionally stable and can act like a regular teenage girl, especially when it comes to romance. She regrets some of her decisions, and I feel like I could connect with her from the start. I cant wait until i read the next book, and after reading Divergent, i think most of you will feel the same way.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner I absolutely fell in love with this book. I can not believe that I have to wait several months for the next book to come out. Plus I think its fantastic that this series is being made into a move but again have to wait more than a year for that tear tear.
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! For the simple reason that I had lots of books on my to-read list, I delayed reading this one. I should not have done that! Read it now, right away, go get it and dive right in. I was expecting something similar to the Hunger Games and the Delirium series,and at first it is. But then it changes. It is a lot more violent, and the main character takes charge of her life in a more concrete way. Tris felt realistic and believable because she was flawed, but without being annoying or unlikeable. Read this book!
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hardly as good as The Hunger Games I read this book on the suggestion of an employee I got to talking with at Indigo who stated that it was better than The Hunger Games. The moment I read the first chapter I knew this wasn't something I was going to like. There were a couple reasons that stood out. First, the plot itself didn't feel relatable in any way, more mediocre than anything else. In my opinion, it was b/c the whole idea of being divergent didn't seem very realistic. If you think about it, and I know this is a fictional story, every one of us is divergent. I don't believe any one of us would be able to classify ourselves as just 'Abnegation' or 'Dauntless.' Second, like another comment I read here, Beatrice Prior is not a character I find relatable or worth reading about. Bella Swan was more interesting and I'm not a fan of the Twilight series either. And third, once I got to the end I felt like I had read another Twilight book without the vampires and werewolves and the actual plot of the book being weak and pointless. I read this b/c of my interest in the dystopian/futuristic genre and it didnt meet my expectations. Neither did Insurgent, the second installment to the trilogy. Just my thoughts on the book. As far as comparing this to The Hunger Games goes, that trilogy far surpasses this one. As far as the Harry Potter series are concerned, this does not come remotely close to the literary skills of J.K. Rowling.
Date published: 2012-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lacking a sufficient back story I'm going to make this review short and to the point. I'm not usually a fan of writing lengthy reviews for books that are surrounded by so much hype, and have already accumulated umpteen amounts of reviews. I picked up this book pretty much knowing exactly what I was in for (the joy and curse of reviews!). I knew that I had to separate myself from my intense love for the dystopian mastery that was The Hunger Games, and start the Divergent trilogy with a completely open mind. With that said, and with a mind completely open to all possibilities..I was disappointed not even halfway through. Like many other reviews point out, the back story for this book was lacking and almost non-existent. I felt disconnected from Beatrice ("Tris") very early on in the book, and spent the remainder of the book trying to find something relatable and redeeming. Her character just came across as very bland and whiny-ironic, seeing as how the entire book is spent trying to convince the reader that she has rid herself of these exact qualities. The reader is suppose to believe that she's actually "evolving"..I just didn't buy it. If I were to use an analogy, reading about her character felt like trying to remember a dream that I had, but it's quickly slipping away-she just wasn't memorable to me. As for her relationship with Four-didn't care for it. The numerous descriptions of Tris having a severely under developed body just rubbed me the wrong way-and picturing her with Four's older character just bordered slightly on perverted. The climax of the story seemed a little "toy soldier-ish" to me. Almost as if I were reading a play instead of a "thriller filled with electrifying decisions[...]". The motives were poorly explained-that could be on account of, again, the entire book having almost zero back-story explanation. Ok, so much for this review being short. I didn't completely dislike this book. It was quick-paced and entertaining-just not in a way that made much sense. I am definitely going to-and in the process of-reading the other books in this series. It has to get better from here *fingers crossed*
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Hunger Games? This is better! This book is Hunger Games without the triangle love affair. Its sci-fi with a love angle. I loved it from the minute I opened the cover. I am not a huge sci-fi fan but this book was great! It reminded me a lot of The movie In Time.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING. one of the best books I've ever read! It's in my top fav series along with Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and The Summoning. A must read. Plus there's a movie coming out on March 21st, 2014. Al long wait, but it will be worth it. The second book is called Insurgent
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Dystopian Read It's a great book! Those who like The Hunger Games will love it too! The plot is nice and simple and the characters are normal people, not ones with a special purpose or power. It's one of my favourite Dystopian novels i've ever read.
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it!!! I Love the book series soooooooo much but the third one does not come out for a year!
Date published: 2012-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO AMAZING!!! This book was so hard to put down. If I put it down for even a second all I could think of was what was going to happen to Trice. I loved every word of it. The author did a great job captivating the reader from the very first to very last page of the book. Veronica Roth not only had wonderful charaters, orginal plot line, and a sense of humor but you also got lots of cool bonus material. This book is a total must read. Now that I've finished it all I want to do is buy the sequel.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as huge a fan as others The dystopian landscape is popular in young adult fiction. If it’s not vampires and werewolves, angels or fairies – it’s likely some future version of our world where society has run amok and children are often left to fend for themselves. The most famous recent example is likely Suzanne Collins’ beloved book, The Hunger Games. Veronica Roth’s popular novel Divergent has gained its own rabid fans and while I understand the book’s appeal, I didn’t like it as much as The Hunger Games. Beatrice is sixteen. When you turn sixteen you must choose a faction: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (peaceful harmony), Candor (frankness, honesty), Erudite (seeking knowledge) or Dauntless( fearless). Beatrice has grown up in an Abnegation household with her parents and older brother (by just a few months, so her brother, Caleb, must also choose a faction), but she has never felt like she belonged. Selflessness doesn’t come easily to Beatrice. "When I look at the Abnegation lifestyle as an outsider, I think it’s beautiful. When I watch my family move in harmony; when we go to dinner parties and everyone cleans together afterward without having to be asked; when I see Caleb help strangers carry their groceries, I fall in love with this life all over again. It’s only when I try to live it myself that I have trouble. It never feels genuine." So when it comes time to choose a faction, Beatrice chooses Dauntless. Most of Divergent is concerned with Beatrice’s (renamed Tris) training at the Dauntless compound. It’s a bit like a reality show: candidates are put through a series of tests and the best man (or woman) wins. Those who don’t make it – because they either quit or fail – suffer worse fates. You can’t go home again so you’re factionless, left to scrounge for food or do the most menial jobs available. Tris is smart, no question, but what was missing for me was the back story which Katniss Everdeen had in spades. Katniss is a beautifully written character, someone I rooted for and understood. Tris, despite her upbringing, adapts relatively easily to her new faction – learning how to fight and lie with relative ease. Perhaps Roth was thinking of the nature versus nurture debate: how much of what we are is because of environment and how much is because of biology? My issues with the book are minor quibbles, though. Despite being almost 500 pages long, I breezed through it. Sometimes I felt like the plot was being served rather than unraveled in a meaningful and organic way. Characters turned up conveniently and were dispensed with equally trouble-free. I know many will argue that Divergent offers lots of talking points, but I didn’t leave that shattered Chicago landscape feeling all that inclined to revisit. All that said, I know there will be students in my class who will enjoy the novel and I would have no trouble recommending it – even if only as a way to talk about characterization: it’s difficult to mourn for people you don’t feel you know.
Date published: 2012-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great plot, okay writing. I have a bit of an addiction to teen dystopian books. I bought this hoping for greatness. I almost got it and read the whole book in two days. I won't recap the book as others have already done that. I *love* the plot of the book. It's a fresh idea that I haven't read before elsewhere. The problem for me (and why I gave it only 3 stars) is that the writing is sub-par. It could have been a much better book had someone else taken the idea and written it. The characters aren't well-developed and it just feels "immature". On one hand, it's a teen book, so I shouldn't expect much more; but other the other hand, look at books like the Hunger Games - a teen novel but still very well-written. Anyway, I do recommend this book! Just go into it knowing it won't win any awards.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever. EVER!!! Oh my freaking mother of Jesus. This book is absolutely amazing!!! i love it. There is nothing in the book that i hate. It made me laugh and cry and now i am tempted to go out to the store to buy the second book....its 2:30am right now. i absolutely love the book and want EVERYONE to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the hype! Hands down the best teenage dystopian novel I have ever read. I love the fact that this book isn't based on a main character who has a power that nobody else has. I love the fact that while the main character is special, as all other dystopian protagonists are, she is not the be-all and end-all of the story. The fact that Tris makes her own choices that drive the plot instead of being forced into one situation after the other makes this one of the best books I've read in a while!
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-turner. Great plot. Fascinating. Just bought the book to find out why so many people love it. Couldn't help it, now I'm a fan too! I just couldn't put down the book. I'm also a Hunger Games lover, but after re-reading the trilogy so many times, I needed to find something new. I ended up picking up Divergent and loved it. The plot was amazing, the characters were well developed, and I just loved the main character, Tris. It was my first time buying books from Chapters online, though, so I was unhappy to see that there were stickers on the books. I was afraid to rip my poor paperback so I didn't take it off, but the sticker ruins the cover for me (though the cover itself is beautiful). I'm thinking of exchanging it for a hardcover, thought it might still have stickers on it... I can only hope not.
Date published: 2012-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not as exciting or intense as the hunger games the plot is very much similar to the hunger games. dystopian society, protagonist female, society made up of seperated "specific" groups, rebels against tyrant government, youths fighting, innocence. growth, love and loss. i do agree with the other reviews if you are looking for another series with the exact same themes as HG than this is it. althought i'm a bit bias, because i absolutely love the HG series. divergent is no comarison it does not have the same grasp as HG for me. i found parts were up and down in capturing myattention. a little slow moving at times and took the last few chapters for action. im not excited to read the second one i've decided to read another book. i may come back to the series later on. my opinion this is a skippable series. the target audience seems aimmed at youths.
Date published: 2012-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Addition to the YA Shelf!! A must read if you enjoy YA science fiction/fantasy. Veronica Roth has introduced us to a new world and great characters. Can't wait to read more of Tris's story. I found many similarities between this book and The Hunger Games, so if you were a fan of that series, give Divergent a try. Although the story lines are very different, the separation of the population in groups is so similar. And of course the fantasy/futuristic world is another similarity. ***Spoilers*** The idea of faction as a way to control people and their emotions is very intriguing. By concentrating on being good at one thing in particular, you lead a very focus and controlled life. Personally, I wouldn't be able to live like that. I see so many different factions in my own person and I wouldn't be able to choose just one. I think Tris feel so confused with her decision because choosing only one faction is like killing a part of herself. I liked stage 1 of the initiation. I think it was my favorite stage. (I don't want to spoil anything, but I had a hard time following the event in the two other stages. I find it was too much information all at once.) As the characters go through the other stages we learn a lot more about the characters and what's going on outside the initiation. I really like Tris and her personality. She definitively not a coward, especially when she sticks up for other people. She, of course, comes from Abnegation and I think that's in her favor because so many courageous acts need to be done in selflessness. I really enjoy the emotions between Tris and Four but throughout the book, Four seems to have so many different faces. Sometimes he's nice and sometimes he's ignorant. But as you read, you learn more about his history and why he is that way. And of course, you learn why he is called Four.
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I bought this book for my Kobo Ereader. I managed to read this book in a matter of hours. I was hooked from the beginning. You'd be a fool not read this book. Follow Beatrice as she discovers who she really is. One important decision can change her entire life.
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Captivating! I absolutely loved the book. I picked the book up on a Saturday evening and started reading it. I finished the book in about 12 hrs with interruptions; I couldn't put it down. Of course I wanted to run out and get the second book, but with my luck, the next day was a holiday and stores were closed! So now I wait for the stores to open to get the next book. The story is similar but different than the "Hunger Games". Regardless of the similarities I am not disappointed. I would still read both series in a heartbeat. The book is absolutely captivating and in my opinion a must read. Great job Veronica. .
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST. BOOK. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! Divergent was just phenomenally amazing!!!!!!!! I read it so quickly that I couldn't put it down!!!!!! It's a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read One of those books you just can't put down.
Date published: 2012-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I could not put this down! It's a great book and can't wait to read the next one!!!
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved it, read it and enjoyed it.
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The worst book ever! This book was by far the worst read ever. I love books and I love action books. However, when you have to prove you are brave by jumping off of buildings, get beaten up until you can not move, or glorify suicides....well, you get my drift. It took me so long to finish this book, simply because it was ludicrous! I have read the Hunger Games, and it is nothing like this...I do not see the comparison. If I knew how terrible this book was, I would have not bought it.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect A very captivating book that sucked me in deeper every chapter! Divergent is a must read!
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic dystopian read w/strong female character lead! In a futuristic society, everyone is divided into 5 factions which form the basis and guidance in which they must lead their lives; of honesty, intelligence, bravery, selflessness and peacefulness. These factions were set up to maintain order and upon turning 16, an aptitude test is administered to the young people in the society to determine where they belong in society. Beatrice Prior has never felt like she belonged in the faction that she was raised in, and after the results of her test are announced, she discovers the reason why – she might not belong to any one group alone. Once Beatrice makes her choice, she must live up to the expectations and live with the decisions she has made while realizing that the harmonious society that she’s grown to know isn’t all that it seems. Like with another highly recommended book, I can’t believe it took me this long to get to Divergent – what a phenomenal read. Roth is well-versed in the world that she’s created and satisfyingly sets up the first in a trilogy. There were times that I felt it reminded me of a mix of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Not in the story context (and I’m by no means directly comparing these three books), but certain elements of it – such as being divided up into factions (“Houses”) that are so distinctive, the “new kids in school” feel to groups of characters, or the intense training that the new initiates go through, definitely gave a familiar nostalgic feel to the previously aforementioned books. While it did take me a little bit to grasp & remember which faction meant what virtue, Roth does a subtle but steady reminder of what is what to help the readers be completely immersed in her story. I also loved that Beatrice is such a strong character in the book. Her personality and relationships with those around her drive the story of the book as much as the plot itself. She’s a regular teenage girl with complicated and confusing feelings to her family and friends, especially under such stressful situations. Overall a fantastically captivating read. At just under 500 pages, I was surprised how quickly I flew through this. Thank goodness I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out! If you haven’t read Divergent yet, what are you waiting for? Don’t make the same mistake I made by waiting so long to get to it! This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Perfection Divergent was unbelievable. There was not one time when I put this book down and did not want to pick it back up again. I was actually reading it in the dressing room before a hockey practice and was so engulfed in the book, that I didn't even look up when my coach came into the room. Tris will have you guessing the entire time and Four is a character that every girl will want a piece of. I'm off to read Insurgent (the sequel) right now. Highest regards.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising and great! I just finished reading this book and as the title states I was quite surprised by how much I loved this book. I am a big lover of The Hunger Games trilogy and I was looking for another dystopian tale. The book started off slow for me and it took a few chapters to get me interested, but I am glad I stuck with it. Once I got interested I was hooked!! Can't wait to see what Insurgent has in store.
Date published: 2012-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great place to start if you're searching for a post-Hunger Games Read I bought this one on recommendation from an Indigo employee during my post Hunger Games book search. I didn’t buy it immediately, and it took several trips back to Indigo before I actually bought it, and then it proceeded to sit on my shelf - I wasn’t ready to move on from the afterglow of The Hunger games yet. So when I took it as my plane read on my trip to New York - I still didn’t read it, until I was stuck on planes/airports for 16 hours on the way home. In those 16 hours, I fervently read it cover to cover, only stopping because I had to get off a plane and rush to the next one. My biggest regret is leaving this book unread for so long! The bold flame designs really pop on the cover given the cooler neutral colouring and the mixed skyline and wilds design, it’s definitely eye catching- even if it reminds me of Sauron’s eye from Lord of the Rings. The world that Divergent is set in is a very bleak, steel/concrete and structured one. The sites of habitation and the set uniform styles/colours are meant to be used to equalize and signify your role in society. But it isn’t really these mundane sets that you’ll pay attention to, it’s the death defying world of the Dauntless that Tris jumps into that snares a reader’s attention. The story is told from Tris’ (aka Beatrice) point of view, and we get to experience the self sacrificing and painfully bland life of the Abnegation that Tris was originally born into. She doesn’t fit in there, and she struggles to be selfless. When she makes her choice to join the Dauntless, she still retains her timid nature at first- but she realizes that she has to put that behind her and embrace her decision in order to survive. This is where I really start loving Tris, she keeps her morals but harnesses her fears and pushes herself to try all the new things associated with the Dauntless. Her whole experience is like an initiation into a viking inspired biker gang where if you don’t participate in the extreme stuff that you’re expected to do, you aren’t getting in or worse you may not get out alive. There are some seriously gritty situations that Tris gets thrown into and I sat there white knuckled until she got through it! These situations are coupled with exhilarating moments of insane stunting that Roth does an amazing job describing. These scenes made me remember what it was like to jump off the side of a mountain attached to a cable upside down (zip lines are seriously fun go try it!) and the rush of adrenaline and the feeling of freedom that accompanied it. When Tris first gets to Dauntless training camp, she's completely alone and has to carefully pick and choose her allies. Roth does a great job presenting these characters. I could never tell who I could trust or who to root for, so I just sat there and lived vicariously through Tris, hoping she'd make the right decision and holding onto dear life when she didn't. Then we meet the mysterious Four, teacher and semi-love interest for Tris. He’s another one of those characters where when you first meet him you’re conflicted in trying to decide if he’s going to help or hinder, and it keeps you guessing throughout the book which made him such a thrilling character to follow. He’s absolutely my favourite character even if there are times where you want to smack him upside the head. His whole back story and the origin of his name was by far one of the best character builds I’ve ever read. More importantly, his role in Tris’ evolution into a Dauntless has him involved in some very pivotal and haunting scenes that follow the reader well after the book is over. I loved that Roth leaves little clues throughout the book that I initially brushed off as unimportant and then it comes back explosively in the reveals. The ending to Divergent is action packed, the culmination of secrets and plots reach their apex and blow the doors wide open for the sequel Insurgent due out May 1, 2012, that I just CANNOT wait for!
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good, fast read. if you read the hunger games series you will enjoy this book, the plot and some events were pretty similar. But the characters are a lot better. The ending of this book makes you really anticipate the sequel which i hear comes out soon =)
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!! Let me start of by saying that Divergent is by far one of the BEST books I have read. I loved everything, the book was addictive when I was reading it. Divergent had lots of action, romance that will make your insides swoon for Four. I loved the background history of each of the factions also the mystery of what was going on. In futuristic Chicago the city is divided on factions based on their individual ideals: Dauntless (Brave), Candor (Honest), Amity (Peaceful), Erudite (Knowledgeable), and her own faction Abnegation (Selfless). Veronica Roth sets her debut in this fantastic world and I am glad to have finally read it! It blew me away with how the amazing and addicting the book is!! Beatrice/Tris is by far the bravest character I have read to date. She is officially one of my favorite characters. She is not perfect and is not selfless. Tris is a very strong heroine which I loved because she is one of those characters that you can root for! Divergent grabs your attention from the very beginning by learning all the classes. As 16 is the age to pick which faction they want to go to. Beatrice chooses Dauntless. Beatrice after going through the initiation she changes her name to Tris. During this moment we meet FOUR!! I loved Four and he is her new coach and is to lead all the other transfers into the screening process if they want to stay in that faction. If they fail they will end up factionless, which could lead to no homes or working in the fields. I really loved the plot, it was intriguing and the relationships bonding between the other initiates were very unique. Now the relationship with Tris and Four was building from the beginning! I was just reading that book like crazy since the relationship was beautifully put together. It had the perfect pace to start off a relationship. I loved everything about Four, he also had a mystery to him, like a puzzle to find out why he was nicknamed Four and his story is very good! The Dauntless are an interesting faction because they go through soo much training that it could be scary, but protective at the same time. These tests will prove to the Dauntless if they are able to handle this faction. Tris tries to change into this but in the end she still made fun of being from the Abnegation but you will see she is stronger than that! Beatrice and Four are a great team! The ending was like Oh My God, what is going to happen next. There is no cliffhanger but I thought there was at some point, but not yet. It was getting better and better! I am really excited for Insurgent because Divergent was amazing! If you havent read this yet, why?? You are missing all the goodness and Four!! The hype for this book was correct because it is worth the read!! Find more of my review at my Blog: http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.ca/
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally worth re-reading I loved this book so much. After reading The Hunger Games I was convinced I wouldn't feel that passionately about any other book. I was totally wrong. Tris is a very unique character who can be annoying at times, but is also endearing because of her bravery and ability to adapt to her surroundings. She is someone you can both relate to and admire. There is also something appealing about her honest narration. The story is exciting and even unpredictable at times.. I found it to be one of those books where you tell yourself you will only read one more chapter before bed, and end up staying awake until two in the morning in order to finish it. It has romance, action, self-discovery and engaging characters. I think the most appealing aspect of it is the realistic sense of corruption that can be seen in aspects of our lives today. Particularly in government where everyone lobbies for power and even those who are not supposed to be corrupted are. As far as dystopian novels go it does not disappoint. Tris' journey of self-discovery and realization that not everyone can fit their beliefs neatly into categories is intriguing. As she overcomes her fears and discovers her full potential you'll be motivated to do the same. I'd definitely recommend reading it.
Date published: 2012-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wanted to read it again immediately I know I've read a good book when my first thought after closing the book is: I want to read it again. That's exactly what happened with this book. The characters are likeable, the plot has some twists and turns, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. The sequel is on the top of my list of most anticipated book.
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Loved It! By now, if you are a Twilight or/and Hunger Games fan, you must have heard about Divergent, the first of a trilogy (I cannot wait till the second book, Insurgent, comes out in May!). A few years ago, teaching in high school, my students were deep in Twilight mania and so I joined in, wanting to know what all the hoopla was about. I have since become a fan of young adult fiction. Reading Divergent made me feel like I was 16 again - loved it!! The characters, the twists and turns, the climactic ending: what a great read. I recommend it not only to teens but also to young adults and adults alike!
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Very uninspiring, difficult to stay focused on the plot. Seems like the same situation happens over and over so the plot ceases to develop. Do not buy this book if you are looking for another Hunger Games, as it will lead to disappointment.
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am in Love! If you have time to read then this is the book for you because i could not put it down. I always would have to find out what was going to happen next. If you are a fan of fiction books that are in the future, with love mixed in, then this is definatly the book for you! 3
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing dystopian and a great debut! It seems, nowadays, that everyone is writing their own dystopian novel. Some of them work, and others might not, but once in a while, there’s a dystopian book that really grabs the attention of the reader, one that the reader won’t be able to stop talking about. Divergent is one of those books that had been on a lot of ‘Best of 2011′ lists and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. It’s the story of Beatrice Prior, who lives in a world that is divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent) and Dauntless (the brave). Currently, she’s in the one she was born into, but now she’s reached the age where she goes through testing to find out which faction she should actually belong in — which might not be the one she was born into. Leaving her faction means leaving her family and she’s left to make a difficult decision. At first I wasn’t completely drawn into the book. I had started reading it feeling annoyed with my own life circumstances of the evening (perhaps my empty stomach assisted to my feeling not so into the book) and only got about 5 chapters in. Of course, the next day when I cracked it open (or tapped it open on my e-reader), I was immediately drawn into the story and loved how different it was from all the other dystopian novels I had read. It had its similarities to other dystopians of course — which really can’t be avoided — but it truly was a unique read. There was plenty enough action in the novel and it really drove the story on. I think Ross wrote wonderful characters, so much so that it was easy to really hate the bad ones and love the good ones. Beatrice’s character is typical of the females in these types of novels, where she’s a little bit against the system and wanting to do things her way, but she’s not so full of angst that I couldn’t stand her. She had such strength in the novel that, by the end, I really liked her character. She’s witty, smart, and captivating. And of course, there was romance — who could forget the romance? I loved how the romance in this novel starts off slow. It’s a believable romance. Of course, I don’t want to get into details because I think it would ruin the book, but for someone who mostly looks for the romance in a book, it was pretty darn awesome. The story definitely had me hooked all the way to the end and even though it’s part of a series, I like how it wasn’t left with a complete cliffhanger. Certain things are left unknown as the story ends, but I’m still left to wonder what exactly is going to happen in the next instalment to the series. If it’s anything like this first book, I’m sure it will be wonderful. This is the debut work from author Veronica Roth and I only hope her next books are just as addicting. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for everyone (In my Opinion) Let me say first off, that I didn't like this book. The characters (In my opinion) were cliche, and the love story was just cheesy, while the writing drew me in, I found the whole concept to be very unexplained and unbeleivible, like lets say, The Hunger Games, wich was beleivible to the point that I thought,, 'maybe this could happen, maybe', but with Divergent, I found myself just waiting until it was over, and constenly putting the book down then picking it up in, lets say, a month, because I felt the story was being to dragged out, and, honsetly, the book did remind me of the hunger games from time to time, while the hunger games to me felt completly original. Now, speaking of the characters, Tris was annoying to the point that she is one of my least favorite characters of all time, I didn't care that she was in love, because, not mainly because of her, but because of Four. I hated Four. He was emotionless, and a romantic who, prior to reading this, I had seen WAY too much of. He was so boring to read about, and his lovey dovey relationship with Tris just felt so forced, (And I admit I have yet to read a book were the relationship isn't forced,) but there's was just to obvious. I admit though, the first bit of the book drags you in and then spits you back out at the end a cliffhanger, so I now theres going to be a second book. You'll probaly like this book if a) you like romances b) you like future utopias that are just there (Don't really nead any explaining) and c) You like strong female one dimensionel characters with soap opera drama thrown in here and there.Then ya, you'll probaly like Divergent
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think I've found a new favorite book Well, all I can say is that this was a really good book. I loved the idea and I loved Tris's character. The authors style of writing was also very good. The book never really got boring and it was a definite page turner. About Four, (not saying his real name) I liked him, though I wish we could get to know his character a little more. He seems a little detached, but that was one of the only thing I didn't like. The other thing is that I wish there was more background info. i would've liked to know how all this started, the different sections and stuff. All in all, this book was a wonderful book and I think you will enjoy it, especially if this is your first distopian novel.
Date published: 2012-02-19

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