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In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062077011
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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#7. A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2020.

Are you brave? Kind or intelligent? Or are you selfless or honest? Take the test! Explore, along with these future citizens of Chicago, how you fit into society.

#13. A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2019.

A Colorado Blue Spruce winner.

A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2018.

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The first installment of the trilogy, Divergent, is definitely my favorite of the series. The plot and concept has loads of potential and is perfect for anyone who loves dystopian books. The main character, Tris, is relatable for many young adult readers as the is 16 and about to be sorted into the faction that fits her best. The test was one of my favorite portions of the book to read, it was really interesting to see how they determined where you went. This book is a fast read, immensely popular, and fast paced.

FVRL_Maple_Ridge Feb 05, 2021

The Maple Ridge Teen Advisory Group (TAG) recommends this book (October/November 2019). Come into the Maple Ridge branch to learn more about joining TAG!

Feb 02, 2021

Divergent is set in a dystopian version of Chicago, where people are divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the kind), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). In the book, all 16-year-olds take an aptitude test to reveal which faction they are best suited for and then choose one to join. The protagonist and narrator is a sixteen-year-old girl from Abnegation named Beatrice Prior. Beatrice's results show that she's a "divergent," a person who is suited for multiple factions. Believing herself to be any good in Abnegation, she chooses Dauntless, where she names herself Tris. She soon develops feelings for her handsome, mysterious instructor, Four, who always challenges Tris to perform her best. Lanter, Tris begins to realize being a Divergent has both advantages and disadvantages.

This book is a fantastic read for those who like dystopian fiction or are looking to read something fresh. It is full of action, politics, and romance. All the characters are explained in great detail, making them unforgettable. For instance, Four is strong, smart, and bold, but later it turns out that he has lots of fears to deal with. I find the development of Tris's character to be exciting. After spending her entire life as an Abnegation (the selfless), when she transferred to the brave world of the Dauntless, she was mocked and ridiculed. However, she dealt with this and adjusted to the new rules of life. Eventually, she became one of the strongest, making everyone jealous. To find out more, please read the exciting, adventurous book.

IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

This book is powerful and moving. It will make you long to find someone who has read it and discuss it. The characters, setting, plot, pace and narrative where perfectly blended to produce a highly action packed novel that I’m sure will captivate dystopia fans. Tris is a tough strong, dauntless, hard@ss woman who won’t be pushed around by anyone. As far as strong female roles, she’s one for sure! Whether you are a girl or a guy you will appreciate her ability to kick butt and take names! The best part for you – the rest of the trilogy is already published so you won’t have to wait to find out what happens next.

Jan 13, 2021

Set in a future version of Chicago, society has split into 5 factions. Abegnation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Our story revolves around Beatrice Prior from Abegnation. She is told that she is “Divergent” meaning that she doesn’t belong into any faction and is pulled into a scheme along with Four, an instructor from Dauntless who is also Divergent. It is full of action and is described very clearly. My favorite character would be Four mostly because of how cool and skilled he was and how he presents himself as a tough person on the outside because of him being part of Dauntless while on the inside he is honest and kind. This book also has a movie adaptation also called “Divergent” released in 2014, as well as 2 sequel books. This book reminded me of The Giver in how society is planned out for everyone and is seemingly “perfect”.

Divergent is a gripping story with an amazing plot! I loved the character Four and would love to know more from his perspective. I thought Tris was a wonderfully developed, strong, female character. The only downside to this book was it was a bit predictable for the Dystopian Genre. That is why I gave it 4 stars.

pacl_teens Dec 16, 2020

In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, a new form of government emerges, one that is built entirely based on five factions that dominate the cultures, personalities, beliefs, and systems of their members. All citizens must eventually choose which side to join and to fill their role in society. This system has kept Chicago under relative stability for some time, but something is brewing under the surface; a conspiracy, a plot, that threatens to upend the fragile balance that's been created. Tris has been caught in the middle of the entire situation and with the help of her friends and her newfound skills and bravery thanks to joining the "Dauntless" faction, she may just have a shot at stopping what might happen.
This book is a fantastic young adult novel, and great for readers who are just starting to get accustomed to dystopian fiction or seasoned readers looking for something fresh to read. The book is of a good length and is not filled with too much technical lingo and the characters are easy to keep track of. The book part one of three (plus some extra books), so they'll be plenty more reading to do after you finish this book. Action-packed with as well as a good amount of strategy and politics involved, this book is a good read for anyone interested in the genre. -Nicholas, Grade 11

Dec 07, 2020

Divergent is a dystopian novel starring the main character, a strong female lead Tris Prior, where citizens are born and sorted into five factors based on human virtues - Amity(peaceful), Abnegation(selflessness), Candor(honesty), Erudite (intelligence), Dauntless(bravery). Author Veronica Roth depicts a complex society full of interpersonal relationships with other people and with society. This fast-paced action novel has lots of exciting adventures, romance, and sacrifices in the story, with themes of violence, societal structure, and most importantly, identity.

Nov 29, 2020

Divergent is a very speed-jarring novel, often labeled as a teenager’s favorite. It is known for focusing on the emotional, struggling part in every human being, and for being a book that’s impossible for readers to put down. It is often reread by teenagers, and was even made into a movie.
Divergent is mainly known for showing depth in emotional and intense ways, and the different flaws and strengths of each virtue. The five factions that the city is split up into are Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Each faction focuses on one of the five virtues; selflessness, honesty, bravery, intelligence, and peace. Being selfless in Abnegation can lead to self-harm, from only caring about others and not putting yourself first. Being an honest Candor can lead to hurting others in situations where lying could turn out better. Bravery in Dauntless can lead to aggression, and often unreasonable conflicts with others. An Amity’s love for peace could lead to being naive and clumsy, and intelligence in Erudite can lead you to be manipulative and careless. The novel efficiently teaches young adults about these five important virtues, and which ones are more valuable in different situations.
The main character, a young adult Beatrice Prior learns this as she is titled as Divergent instead of one of the five factions. Using her virtues from each part, she learns to overcome her challenges. Many questions remain until they are answered later in the book, which gives the reader anticipation. The storyline is strong and keeps moving forward, with very few unnecessary and dull parts. Every event builds up to the climax of the story. Unexpected events surprised plenty of reviewers and the different characters’ responses kept the reader interested throughout the entire story.
Another unique aspect of this book is it’s amount of focus on the importance of friendship and community (or faction) with family. The main character is put in plenty of situations where she has to make choices between her family and her faction. Sometimes, she also has to make choices for herself instead of for her parents, such as choosing a different faction and a completely different way of living that’s better for her.
The author uses plenty of character development to make the characters unforgettable and contribute to the novel. Many of the characters are interesting and have a detailed personality that the author inputs in order to keep the story rolling. Tris is curious and “selfish” at the beginning, but later on is brave, smart, and just misunderstood by her friends. Her tendency to not follow rules makes the story more compelling. Four is strong, clever, and fearless, but later turns out to have many fears to deal with. After different events happen, the different characters feel a need to change themselves in order to survive in their environment.
Divergent is one of the most engrossing books to indulge yourself in. It teaches the importance of the five virtues, has one of the most consistent storylines, and the best character development to keep the story going. There’s a reason it’s one of the most recommended books for teenagers.

Nov 23, 2020

it was a helluva riiiide

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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

Nov 22, 2020

“I feel his heartbeat against my cheek,as fast as my own.
"Are you afraid of me, too, Tobias?"
"Terrified," he replies with a smile.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent

Nov 22, 2020

“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent

Nov 22, 2020

“I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent

Nov 11, 2020

"i wonder if fears ever really go away or if they just lose their power over us."

Nov 11, 2020

"there are some advantages to being small."

Nov 11, 2020

"desperation can make a person do surprising things."

Sep 26, 2020

""I have something to tell you," he says.
I run my fingers along the tendons in his hand and look back at him
"I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though."
"That's sensible of you," I say, smiling too. "We should find you some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something."
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing behind my ear.
"Maybe I'm already sure," he says, "and I just don't want to frighten you."
"I laugh a little. "Then you should know better."
"Fine," he says. "Then I love you."" - Divergent

Sep 26, 2020

""Get it off! Get it off get it off get it off!" she screams.
The moth flutters away.
"It's gone!" I say. Then I laugh. "You're afraid of moths?"
"They're disgusting. Those papery wings and stupid bug bodies . . . " She shudders.
I keep laughing. I laugh so hard I have to sit down and hold my stomach.
"It's not funny!" she snaps. "Well . . . okay, maybe it is. A little."" - Divergent

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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

This book takes place in a future Chicago. The city 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). When a community member turns 16 he or she must choose which faction to spend their life in. Beatrice is 16 and torn. Does she stay with her family or go with her true nature? Once the choice is made, Tris must survive initiation and find out who her true friends are, keep her secret hidden, and navigate romance.

Jul 11, 2020

Beatrice (Tris) lives in a dystopian Chicago. Her world has been separated into factions to keep the peace, but trouble is brewing on the horizon. Tris is forced to choose which faction she will be a part of and who she will support. Will Tris find friends and love in her new faction? Read the book to find out!

I absolutely love this dystopian novel. It has just the right amount of action and romance and the twists and turns are unbelievable. I would highly recommend this story!

Sep 06, 2017

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Mar 25, 2017

Tris Prior is a 16 year old girl living in a dystopian Chicago. There are 5 different factions. Tris can choose to live with her family, or leave her family and friends.

Aug 19, 2016

The world has been changed into 5 factions where people are separated from their families

Jul 25, 2016

Beatrice Prior is a sixteen-year-old member of Abnegation. She and her brother Caleb, who is not quite a year her elder, take the aptitude test that will tell them which faction they are most suitable for. The test consists of a simulation of a confrontation with a vicious dog. Beatrice shows aptitude for three different factions, Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless, and this means she is something called Divergent. She is warned to never tell anyone of her results - it is dangerous to be Divergent. After much contemplation over whether to stay in Abnegation or switch factions, Beatrice chooses to switch to Dauntless, and Caleb moves to Erudite.

Jul 10, 2016

In the future, after the war, Chicago divides itself into five factions, based on their values. At the age of sixteen, every person must decide to either remain in the faction they were born into, or leave their family behind and transfer to another faction of their choice. Beatrice Prior has to decide what the rest of her life will be.

Jul 08, 2016

In Divergent there are five factions that make up society, each with a different role. At age 16, each individual will attend a choosing ceremony based on their results of an aptitude test. This science fiction novel focuses on the genes to determine whether or not your are "divergent" which could be considered dangerous, depending on your point of view.

Jul 04, 2016

In a world divided into five factions based on beliefs and values, Beatrice (Tris) Prior must make the choice that decides the path she will take for the rest of her life.

Jun 22, 2016

Tris Prior has chosen the dauntless as her faction.

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Aug 10, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Might be scary for younger readers

yellow_beaver_38 Aug 06, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Many scenes that could be frightening for young children.

yellow_beaver_38 Aug 06, 2016

Sexual Content: The book has people talking about sex and fear of intimacy.

Feb 13, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some Scenes in this book that could frighten Younger viewers Like Edward's eye scene. There are some sad themes. There is Lots of fighting too.

Sep 02, 2015

Other: violence, commiting of suicide, minor sex, and mature scenes. maybe some frightening to

alicat42 Aug 08, 2014

Violence: Slight violence may be overwhelming for younger crowds

Jul 30, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Peter stabbing Eward's eye, Simulations, Tris getting hurt over and over again, Tris almost get killed by the people she loves the most. But is also sad because Four doesn't know Tris in the end and tries to hurt her, she witnesses her moms death, and she has to kill one of her best friends.

Jun 27, 2014

Violence: Yes, of course Divergent would have violence. It's like The Hunger Games that way. For example, getting stab in the eye with a butterknife, fighting each other as a test, and being under simulation and killing off all the people of one faction. That's alot already.

Jun 14, 2014

Violence: Intense parts and may be traumatic to children 8 & under

hannah0903 May 20, 2014

Violence: Lots of fighting scenes

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