Divergent: Book summary and reviews of Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent

Divergent Trilogy

by Veronica Roth

Divergent

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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are - and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves... or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series - dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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"Starred Review. For those who loved The Hunger Games and are willing to brave the sometimes sadistic tests of strength and courage Tris must endure, the reward is a memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away. Ages 14+" - Publishers Weekly

"The simplistic, color-coded world stretches credibility on occasion, but there is no doubt readers will respond to the gutsy action and romance of this umpteenth spin on Brave New World." - Booklist

"This is one of the best books I have ever read... Veronica Roth is not messing around here, folks. She has carefully crafted a world that will enthrall you. You'll be wondering which faction you'd fit in while worrying (or hating) the characters that you're reading about. The world building is so complete that a movie was playing in my mind, and I was not confused one iota (which is quite the feat for me, as fantasy and dystopians can really throw me off)." - Chick Loves Lit Blog

Fans of The Uglies, Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Delirium and Matched will enjoy Divergent.... I don't think this book will give Hunger Games a run for its money, but I think that it will fill a void for many fans out there who need their Katniss fix." - Confessions of a Book Addict Blog

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Nicole

Take chances.
So I’ve wanted to read “Divergent” by Veronica Roth for a while now so I took this opportunity to read the book. This book was honestly one of my favorites I have read in a long time. The book is set up in a different way of how the world is being controlled. Throughout the story there are a lot of intense, emotional, and exciting events that happen. The author does a good job at creating a setting in the book that really helps you view how their world is and what they have to deal with. I really enjoyed this book because for some reason it got me excited about life. The main character “Tris” makes the decision to change her life and to actually make changes in it. This helped me see that stepping out of your comfort zone is worth it. It can be hard and difficult to accomplish but it will benefit you in the long run. We have to be able to do things for ourselves and be able to stand alone when it comes to achieving more in our own lives. We have to take chances and be adventurous to enjoy this life.

Kelli Robinson

If You Liked The Hunger Games, Read This Book
When I stumbled upon The Hunger Games trilogy, I reluctantly read the first book despite the genre being one I generally don't tend towards but fell in love. It felt different and I was open to something different. I searched for recommendations on the next book to read and the lovers of The Hunger Games consistently recommended Divergent. They were right! I read it in less than a week and was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't a regurgitation of The Hunger Games but something else fresh and new. I'm wondering if I'm now a true convert to this YA dystopian genre.

Gabby

Divergent rules!
3 words is all I can say: DIVERGENT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!

rrbsoccer

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This was one of the best book I have read in a while. I am on the second one now and it is really exciting.

Alexis Villafuerte

Very good book
I love this book so much!!!!! I cant wait till the movie comes out on March 21, 2014
I can't wait that long!!!!

Secret

Divergent
This book brings out the true meaning of friendship, love and just being who you are, and it shows that there are brave people in the world!

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Veronica Roth graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in creative writing. While she was a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. It was indeed a transforming choice. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth lives near Chicago. Divergent is her first novel.

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