Came out: May 4, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Kindle Store
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow wow wow wow wow. This book is one of the best dystopians that I have ever read. Stunning and fierce and filled with action, Divergent is a book that you will NOT want to miss.
I don’t want to dull this review by chatting about the literature aspect of it, so I am just going to gush. I am in love with this book. I adore this book. If this book was a boy, I’d marry it.
Wow wow wow wow wow. This book has earned itself spot numero uno on my favorites list for now. I, unfortunately, started this book during school and had to physically restrain myself from reading during class, a behavior that I haven’t instigated since second grade. I found myself glancing at the clock, waiting for recess when I could finish it. I was two steps away from becoming Golem, rocking back and forth murmering “my precious” to my copy of Divergent.
This book was absolutely AMAZING and everybody, no matter who you are, should definitely pick it up. WOW. Sorry, this book has rendered me incapable of speech, except for the word “wow”. For all you fans of the Hunger Games, this is way better. And that is saying something.
Recommended for anybody who loves: romance, dystopian, societies, family, romance, battle, amazing books. Basically anybody who is sane.
Possible book club questions:
Why do you think that Veronica Roth chose Chicago as her setting?
Why might it scare faction leaders that a person is Divergent?
How do you think that the test was created?
Propaganda is very important in this book. Think of other books in which propaganda has played a major role in the plot.
Why do you think that the Dauntless believe that courage was what they needed. What modern-day instances would have them believe this?