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Divergent (Divergent Trilogy #1)

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ISBN13: 9780062024039
ISBN10: 0062024035
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Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and more!

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are — and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves... or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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"You'll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel." BookPage

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"A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"Divergent clearly has thrills, but it also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety — the painful realization that coming into one's own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically." The New York Times

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One choice decides your friends

One choice defines your beliefs

One choice determines your loyalties — forever

One choice can transform you

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Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first book in a trilogy that she began writing while still a college student. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband call the Chicago area home.

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The Lost Entwife, March 5, 2014 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
I am so so so very late to the Divergent train. Veronica Roth's novel hit it out of the ballpark for so many readers and it's been on my radar for so long that, frankly, I was scared to pick it up. I remember my first experience with majorly hyped media: Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks. I had heard from so many people that the movie would blow my mind that I thought there would be no possible way to live up to the expectations that I had built up as a result. Divergent was a similar experience for me. And while I love both the movie (and Tom Hanks) and really enjoyed Divergent, it also fell a bit short of, what I readily admit to be, my unrealistic expectations.

I'm a huge fan of really gripping young adult dystopia. The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner - these books thrilled me. Strong female characters in fantasy books like Graceling also thrill me, so combining fantasty, science-fiction, an end of the world scenario and a really strong, but human, girl thoroughly appealed to me. Plus, you know, there's a movie coming out so I figured I better kick myself into gear.

Here's what I loved about Divergent. I loved Roth's extensive world-building. Every detail, down to the clothing being worn, was crafted and I never felt out of the loop on something. Everyone's roles were clear-cut and defined and the initial struggle for Beatrice Prior was simple and complex, all at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed the ideas of different factions being more than just based on physical ability or appearance. I thought it the world set-up and the faction set-up provided a simple enough foundation for a very complex story to be built on them.

I also enjoyed the thoroughness of Tris's journey. I loved being privy to all of the strategies and tests. Too often this step is skipped in favor of the bigger picture, but it really sets the stage for the story. It's in those moments that a reader really gets to know the character and can sympathize with hard choices made in the future of the story.

Now, what fell a bit beneath expectation was the romance. I really shouldn't be surprised at this point, more often than not romances written for the young adult audience just move too fast for me to fully comprehend how in the world they work. I mean, there are life and death scenarios happening in these books, in Divergent, and yet Beatrice is making eyes at some guy who just so happens to be making eyes back at her? It didn't come off as believable, it came off as "this book needs a romance because that's what audiences want to here, let's give it to them." That sounds really harsh, but everything else was taken just so slowly, it was just disappointing to see the romance take off at lightening speed.

Still, Divergent was a fun read and definitely kept me up late at night working my way through it. When I put it down I immediately picked up Insurgent, so you know that is worth something - especially considering the pile of books I should be reading instead. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie and watching the world that so captivated me come to life.
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Rachel Coker, March 2, 2014 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
I love a good post-apocalyptic, dystopian teen drama. And if it features a female heroine who's both tough and smart? All the better. "Divergent" hits a literary sweet spot for me, just as "The Hunger Games" and "The Age of Miracles" did before it. I'd say Veronica Roth's "Divergent" is not quite as smart as Karen Thompson Walker's "Miracles" and does not represent quite as fully formed a vision as "The Hunger Games," but it's absolutely absorbing. Roth provides a good mix of philosophy, violence and cultural commentary. She also does an admirable job describing a future Chicago in which Lake Michigan is a marsh, emergency generators keep the elevators running at the Hancock Center and the Navy Pier is a wasteland. I finished "Divergent" in a couple of days, skipping most of a night's sleep so I could find out what would happen. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
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Coni, February 25, 2014 (view all comments by Coni)
I had no intention to read a Hunger Games knock-off. I kept hearing it was good and when I read what it was about, it did intrigue me, even though the factions seemed arbitrary.

It is easy to compare it to Hunger Games with the dystopian future and kids being trained to fight and kill each other. The fighting and violence in Divergent was much more realistic than Hunger Games. The action scenes are really well written. While I viewed the Hunger Games as a parable about where we as human beings are as a society today, the society in Divergent doesn’t seem realistic in comparison. The factions were as arbitrary as I feared. It was as if people only had a portion of their personality, skills and attributes instead of being more well-rounded which is how I view people.

Also there was really no explanation of why the world was set up that way, what happened to make it that way, and what was behind the fences that they alluded to in this first book. Since there are two more books, I feel like that will all come out in the next two books so I’ll give it the benefit of doubt.

Even with those drawbacks, this book was a fast read. I really wanted to know what would happen next. It was highly entertaining and I know I’ll be reading the next two. I think it achieved its goal.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062024039
Author:
Roth, Veronica
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Author:
Richards, Elizabeth
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Divergent Series
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20120228
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 576 pages Katherine Tegen Books - English 9780062024039 Reviews:
"Review" by , "You'll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel."
"Review" by , "A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away."
"Review" by , "Divergent clearly has thrills, but it also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety — the painful realization that coming into one's own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically."
"Synopsis" by , One choice decides your friends

One choice defines your beliefs

One choice determines your loyalties — forever

One choice can transform you

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