Divergent

Divergent

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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
0062077015
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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winstonreader Apr 19, 2014

I can't wait to read this novel. It has been recommended by teen and adults alike! I was told if I like Hunger games I will Love Divergent.

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spl_teens Jun 21, 2013

Book one in the Divergent trilogy

Part of a trilogy - amazing!


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TRYTR
May 21, 2018

I loved this book. I’ve read it twice and I’m on my third time. Really thrilling, book two and three are just sad in my opinion. I think Veronica Roth could of ended after this book, because this could totally be a single. And by the way if your looking for other series to read try The Selection.

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yauyau12
May 16, 2018

This book was amazing. I enjoyed fighting beside Tris.

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johnjsims
May 07, 2018

Great book! I am an adult and enjoyed reading this. I look forward to the other books in the series.

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blue_dog_15996
Apr 16, 2018

Great book couldn't put it down. If you liked this try the movie.

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kathy_dong
Apr 15, 2018

This book was great. I loved it, could not stop myself from reading it after I got through a couple pages of it.

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ShonenBag
Apr 14, 2018

I searched for "Anime" and this came up...

?!

This library should consider re-catagorizing this book...

Though a Divergent anime would be awesome. (I doubt it would happen, though, since even though the plot lends itself to an anime, the underperformance of Insurgent at the box office, followed by the dumpster fire sequel to that, followed by the TV movie that nobody even remembers or has heard of means that there is NO WAY Divergent is a lucrative franchise anymore.)

And it is sad that Divergent was treated so poorly with the films, because the books were actually quite rich in content. I will be the first on this comments section to admit that there were parts of Divergent that seemed overly-engineered to appeal ONLY to teens, and I myself read it at age 12, even then I could tell that the premise, character interactions (Especially the ones between adults), and the plot involving Dauntless drones could only have been taken seriously by overly emotional teenagers.
Divergent is, then, a book for teenagers to read, and it is VERY enjoyable at that. I always like the premise of dividing society into drastically different factions, I think it is a somewhat satirical take on our world today.
However, the execution of this concept is, like stated before, written in a way that would only appeal to teenagers. Divergent is enjoyable, it is fun to read, it is creative, it's just poorly executed. In the hands of a more capable author, it could have appealed to older audiences, but it seems as if Veronica Roth simply wanted to dumb down every concept so that we simply must assume that this society works before seeing how it doesn't work, and nowhere are we given proof that it works in the first place. This is why, even though I mostly enjoyed the book, I did not find it entertaining. It was too observational, too tensionless in places. I cannot stand as an observer to the events, Tris's voice is PAINFULLY laced with exposition for Divergent to be considered entertainment. All the times that she stops to explain exactly what she feels is a huge weight on the pacing of the otherwise fun story.

All of these problems except for the over-marketing to teenagers are completely eliminated in the first film, as we see everything about the society at the start, and since Tris isn't narrating everything, we get to SEE and FEEL what she feels and sees.
(Of course, in the 2nd and 3rd films, all of this goes out the window. They're both terrible.)

In summary, these are the takeaways:
1) Divergent has too narrow of a target audience for it to be a classic
2) Divergent is, however, enjoyable and fun to read
3) Despite this, Divergent is not entertaining because there is too much exposition
4) Divergent does NOT work as a book, but it DOES work as a film
4.5) The Divergent film is, unlike the book, entertaining
5) THIS BOOK IS NOT ANIME. RE-FILE IT, PLEASE.

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Violet_Kennedy
Apr 12, 2018

I really liked this book. It is a rival to the hunger games trilogy! Just another dystopian novel for us young book nerds! :D It's really hard for me to find good books 'cause I've already finished my whole personal library at 8 or 9 years old and have read through so many amazing books. Please recommend me a really good book. I'm going to start reading the Shatter Me series. Tell me if you think any other books are really good!

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blue_wolf_710
Jan 15, 2018

This book was very good and I enjoyed it a lot! I stayed up reading it and loved the romance... there were some sad moments but it was AMAZING! I loved this and hope you read it.. Please hit the Like button below this if you agree!

(Also please hover over but don't click on my username (blue_wolf_710) above and follow me... Thank you!!)

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ekamkang
Jan 12, 2018

I enjoyed reading every single word in this action/thriller novel. This is my favorite book. I really loved the way Tris and Four were portrayed throughout the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys being in suspense. When reading this book you don't know what is going to happen next. I would give this book a 5 out of 6 star rating.

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Sharonsm28
Dec 20, 2017

I loved every minute of this book. There is never a dull moment, something is always going on. The action in Divergent does keep you reading. It was really hard to put down this book. I loved that we got to see inside of Tris/Beatrice's world through her eyes, which makes you understand her a little bit more. One of the main reasons that I picked up this book is because it is a dystopian futuristic story about where you belong and that the choices you make will always have consequences. But it focuses more on where you belong and feel most like yourself. To make you choice of course who you want to be instead what people expect you to be, and that was the case with Tris. I love all the characters, but my two favorite characters are Tris and Four. I love Tris/ Beatrice because she didn't know where she belonged and found strength within herself to make her own choices even if they have consequences. She found where she belonged and in the process fell in love. She is a heroine and a role model that girls look up to because she shows you that you do not have to be anybody else than who you truly are. I love Four/ Tobias because of his compassion, strength, and faithless. He is a vulnerable, lonely person, but underneath all that lies the strength he has that helps him make it through each day. I love their relationship. The sad moments are when Tris's mom, Tris's dad, Al, and Will died because when you start to relate to the characters, you hate to see them go. My favourite moments are the ferris wheel scene, knife throwing scene, Christina tells Tris that her and Will kissed, Tris and Four kissing, Tris being the first one to jump off the roof, Tris telling off Marcus, Tris's fear landscape, Four's fear landscape, Tris's first meeting with Jeanine, and the Choosing Ceremony. I think this book has taught me that finding who you truly are is more important than conforming to a group.

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TheJuicyPickle
Apr 16, 2018

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red_fox_2390
Mar 03, 2018

red_fox_2390 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 99

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Wattage
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blue_dolphin_7532
Aug 10, 2017

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Mar 24, 2017

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Mar 03, 2017

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cellamar9
Aug 14, 2017

"I'll be your family now," he says

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rachel1127
Jan 05, 2017

"Fear doesn't shut you down. It wakes you up."
-Four

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zava
Aug 18, 2016

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

yellow_beaver_38 Aug 06, 2016

" We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something." Tris.

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Ashley_1102
Jul 14, 2016

"Becoming fearless isn't the point. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to free from it." - Four (Tobias Eaton)

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Bobbiandme
Jul 10, 2016

"Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up."

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Cynthia_Wang
Jul 09, 2016

“Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up" (page 313).

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LifeLoverSam
Jul 08, 2016

" What makes you different makes you dangerous . "
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Hermione__Granger
Jul 07, 2016

"Maybe because you're so approachable-like a bed of nails."

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Fantanasia
Jun 30, 2016

Faction before blood

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abaumler
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.

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SamuelZou
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.

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zava
Aug 19, 2016

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

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kaitlynchanthas
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.

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Bobbiandme
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.

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Cynthia_Wang
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.

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rachel1127
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.

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aasta_guraya
Jun 22, 2016

Tris Prior has chosen the dauntless as her faction.

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Sofia11_0
Aug 28, 2015

A choice can cost your life. The day Beatrice Prior choose's her faction, she finds out something unimaginable... she is Divergent. If people find out, her life will be cut short. Tris is forced to keep her identity secret. If Tris trusts the wrong people, she could get hurt. And how will she keep her family safe without betraying her faction, the Dauntless? What will she decide? Any wrong decision and EVERYTHING can go wrong.

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jodyandjay
Aug 01, 2015

Tris is 16 which means that she will choose her destiny; Amity, Erudite, Dauntless, Candor or Abnegation. Which one will she choose and does she make the right choice? This fantastic book takes you on the adventure of a life time. After you read it, you will find yourself reading it again.

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blue_dolphin_7532
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.

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DeanXCastiel
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.

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Bakergirl_13
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

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SuperStella1
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.

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irresponsble
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.

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Kewashere
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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