Now includes an excerpt from the upcoming Four: A Divergent Collection.
This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.
Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.
One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.
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I read this the first time in 2011 December 09 and finished it on the 13th.
Had to re-read because I have read so many books in this genre after I read this the first time, I had forgotten so much and I can now finally read book 2. Insurgent.more
It's rare that I actually like a YA heroine. I often find them weak or unlikeable. Tris is anything but weak, and yet she still manages to make you like her. She makes mistakes, and you don't think she's stupid. She's very alive in the book and I wanted to know about her.
I loved her romance with Four. I loved who Four was and that he had character and motivations and I loved how their romance developed - no instalove here. And they are both awkward and "Stiff" and so true to who they would be.
The plot is intriguing and I didn't feel cheated at the end even though the book is part of an unfinished trilogy. I can't wait to see where this series goes and am looking forward to future work by this author.
Price Paid: $9.99
Value: publisher's price
Will I Buy the Next: Yesmore
I've been looking forward to this book for some time, and finally snagged a copy through my library's inspired "Lucky Day" program, wherein it makes a few copies of much-requested books available outside of the hold system, scattered around the branches. This rewards the consistent, frequent library-goer in a disproportionate fashion.
There are plot holes in this book big enough to float the Queen Mary through. There are magical realities like the part where getting shot through the shoulder causes our hero to wince slightly while doing heroic things for several hours.
The evil people are pure and unadulterated evil, not a redeeming characteristic in sight. The competent heroine learns everything with ease. The factions don't make any sense to me, there's not enough back-story provided. I understand that it's a futuristic Chicago, but WHY? What happened? Why does electricity work some places but not others? What's the point of Dauntless Faction besides getting drunk, jumping on and off moving trains (come to think of it, where are all these empty trains going, and why?), and doing other, more pointless stunts? Most of this book doesn't stand up to any sort of rational analysis.
This book is one I really wanted to like but did not, though I was able to suspend my disbelief for whole paragraphs. I think Roth shows a great deal of promise. I'd like to read her 4th book.
ETA: After brooding about this all day, I'm changing the stars. The more I think about it, the flimsier it gets.more
TL;DR- Hunger Games meets the Sorting Hat from Hogwarts.more
This was a great book. In a way it reminded me a lot of Holly Black's Ironside books. Not plot-wise, or even thematically per se, just in the grittiness and violence of the world depicted, and heroine who must define for herself what real courage is. It was also just as compulsively readable.
I really loved the depth of the characters and their development, and how all the pieces came together. The plotting was really excellent. And I feel like the book also had the first romance that really got me excited in a very long time. I was really rooting for the couple, and their relationship didn't seem forced at all, like it often does in recent YA.
I will definitely be picking up the next book.more
Roth did quite well with the world building, providing excellent descriptions of the various factions and who populates them. I’m not sure I fully understand why society decided to split into factions, but I loved the nods to present-day Chicago as it crumbles and decays.
Beatrice, or Tris, was an engaging character. I loved her struggle to understand who she is, where she came from and what she wanted to be. I also wanted to stand and applaud Roth for taking an entire novel to develop a romance, instead of a single chapter (or page)(or paragraph). It was so very refreshing.
I had my doubts about this book. I wasn't sure if I should read it or not. It didn't seem like my type of book. So for a couple of months I kept on putting it on my to-read list and then deleting it. Finally I picked it up and from the first page I was captivated.
During the book
I cannot express how much this book reminded me of The Hunger Games. It was SO similar yet it was unique in its own way. It was a Dystopian book with a whole different concept. During the book, I didn't know what to make of any of the characters, except Tris. I could tell straight away she was different to the others. Her mind seemed more free. It didn't seem set in one direction like everyone else.
I found it AMAZING how Veronica Roth represented the divergence in Tris.
My thoughts on the characters.
Peter and Drew reminded me eerily of Cato and Marvel. And Lynn was just plain annoying. Four and Tris didn't remind me of anyone. They were extremely unique and had a personality that I hadn't seen in any other book.
After finishing this rollercoaster of a ride
Five Factions. Those who are honest (Candor), Those with knowledge (Erudite), Those who are selfless (Abnegation), Those with Courage (Dauntless) and those who strive for peace and fairness (Amity).
When one turns 16 they must make the choice that can change everything. They must choose a faction. Whichever path they choose will change their mind set forever.
For Tris her journey to find who she was in this world and what her role was, is truly magnificent. She realised she was not fit for Erudite or Abnegation. She was told that Amity and Candor were out of the question. Which left only one faction.
When Tris made her decision she didn't know what to expect. She believed that she could fit into Dauntless and that she belonged there. She believed her choice was right .. but she didn't know what it meant to be Divergent.
Her mind didn't follow one path. It wasn't just brave. It wasn't just honest. It wasn't just striving for peace. It wasn't just selfless and it wasn't just intelligent. Her mind followed more than one path. She followed more than one direction and could see that which others could not. She was Divergent.
But Tris didn't realise that her choice could mean so much. What followed Tris was unexpected romance and the quest to find out who she was.
So my question for this book.
What does it mean to be human?
Because a human mind doesn't work in just one way.more
It's an entertaining and engaging story about a city divided into five factions, with the children of the city living in the faction they are born into until they reach the age of 16, when they have to choose a faction for themselves to devote the rest of their lives to. Our heroine, Beatrice, is turning 16 and is from Abnegation (Selfless), and doesn't think she belongs there, so she struggles with staying or choosing a different faction at the appointed time. What follows is Beatrice's story, and what happens to her (and the factions) after she makes her choice.
Given the option, I'd probably give this 3 1/2 stars. I hope the next book doesn't let me down, like some other series' books tend to do (I'm looking at you, "Mockingjay"), but I'm not holding my breath.more