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Divergent (Divergent Trilogy) (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Veronica Roth

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Title:Divergent (Divergent Trilogy)
Authors:Veronica Roth
Info:Katherine Tegen Books (2011), Hardcover, 496 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:YA, Dystopia

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Divergent by Veronica Roth (2011)

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I surprisingly enjoyed this story. Much better than Hunger Games as the author built the characters and story around them at a better pace and was more realistic in looking at a way that our current society to could evolve into this horror. I look forward to reading the next two volumes. ( )
  AMKee | Oct 24, 2014 |
Really liked it to start off with and for most of the book really. The last part of the book is terrible though, everything happens too quickly. She meets her mom, she's killed, her friend is killed, her father is killed but the reader doesn't care or even get time to care. This is because these characters are just faceless, instantly-forgettable with no personality. The amount of cliches in the last section aswell is unbelievable. It's like someone else wrote the last section. Plus I found it was too similar to the Hunger Games with the factions, training, perimeter wall, impending war etc. Really disappointed by the last section of the book, was heading towards a 4 star otherwise. ( )
  bkmeredith | Oct 23, 2014 |
The city of Chicago built a wall around the entire city to protect them from the outside world. There are five factions that each of those values, value a specific virtue. Erudite which values knowledge, Amity which values peace, Candor which values honesty and see the truth as black and white, Abnegation which values selflessness and who feed and help the factionless. Last but not least is Dauntless. Dauntless are the protectors or the army of the five factions. There is also the factionless. They either did not pass initiation, get into that faction or quit and became factionless. Beatrice Prior is a sixteen year old member of Abnegation. Her brother Caleb Prior who has the natural talent of selflessness helps people without even thinking before he helps. When Beatrice goes in for the aptitude test to see what faction she will be in for the rest of her life, she does not just get one she gets three and this is called Divergent , it is very rare. Before she starts the test she has to drink a blue serum to get the test started.Her test consists of a vicious dog trying to tackle a little girl but instead, Beatrice tackles the dog. She is warned to never tell anyone about her results because if anyone finds out it can become a very dangerous scenario. At the choosing ceremony the next day she decides to go with abnegation and leave her parents while her brother goes with Erudite, and they have always said “faction before blood”. For Beatrice to past the first test she has to jump from a very high building into a net at the bottom of a two buildings stacked together .When she gets to the bottom, she changes her name to Tris because she feels that it will allow her to start and become a different person completely. Initiation involves three stages, that they will be ranked after each one. Only the top ten make it into Dauntless, if they do not pass initiation they will become factionless and have to live on the dirty streets of Chicago in poverty. The very first stage of initiation allows you to learn how to fight from their instructor Four and one of the cruel Dauntless leaders Eric. Tris who is small and not very adapted to fighting, manages to get by. Tris begins to earn the respect after they play capture the flag. After that when she gets the flag and wins for her team she gets to go zip-lining with the Dauntless born initiates. She also earns the respect from Eric when she takes a punishment for Al (her friend) when she stands in front of a target and lets Four throw knives around her. after the first part of initiation she is ranked sixth place. The second part of initiation Tris is surprisingly ranked number one. Seeing her as a threat, Peter, Drew and Al (who she used to be friends with) tried to kill her by throwing her off a cliff. But four came just before the though her off a cement cliff inside the building. As a result instead of Tris being killed, Al was devastated and committed suicide. In the third stage of the initiation she had to go through the last simulation and had to face all of her fears one after the other. She ranked number one and is now an official member of the Dauntless. On the day of the simulation everyone got injected with a simulation serum. They got told by the instructors that it was a tracking device but it is really a truth serum to tell whether they are a true Dauntless or Divergent. But in the middle of the night everyone woke up in a sleep-walking daze, got dressed and went to the pit. Erudite planned a war against Abnegation and they said they will use Dauntless to fight it. They got a gun and started marching toward the train. Once they got to the stopped train they all got into many, many lines and marched up and on to the train. Since Tris is divergent she can process what the instructors are saying and doing. She also knows what is going on around them. Four or Tobias Eaton his true name can do the exact same thing. When they get to where the Abnegation live Eric tries to “accidentally” kill Tobias. Tris and Four fight back and are then taken to the Erudite headquarters. But since Tris got shot in the arm she is no use to Jeanine Matthews the president of Erudite so she sent Tris to executed. Tobias was not shot in the arm so they took him in the simulation room to get tested. The very next day Tris is taken to a big tank, just like the one in her fear simulation but this time it is for real. She is to be drowned. After the tank is full of water she thinks that she sees her mothers blurry face through the water and glass. The glass cracks and Beatrice slides out with the rushing water. Her mother had killed the guards to save her. On the way to a building where part of the Abnegation people were Mrs. Prior sacrificed herself to ensure that Beatrice would be safe.Mr. Prior, Caleb, Marcus Eaton, Tobias, and Beatrice had went to the Dauntless control room to shut the simulation down and stop the killing. Peter had showed them where the control room was so that they would be able to stop the killing. Mr.Prior had also got shot by standing in front of Caleb to protect him from the bullet. Before Caleb, Marcus, Tobias, Peter and Beatrice get caught they ride the train out into the peaceful Amidty compound hoping to find safety there.
Overall I think that Veronica Roth did a very fantastic job writing this amazing novel. She made it come alive with action. She made the people have mixed emotion such as being happy and sad at the same time. One thing I did not like was that Tris’s parents died. But other than that I did not want to put this book down until I finished it twice. This is one most favorite books that I have ever read before. ( )
  AbigailR.B1 | Oct 22, 2014 |
Beatrice lives in a society where the most important thing that describes you is your faction. When you turn a certain age you decide who you want to be. Beatrice is scared by this choice. After a life of selflessness she realizes that she has to do something of her own choice. But the choice she made completely changed her life forever. She did something nobody has done for a long time.
I would recommend this book for people who like sic-fi or futuristic books. I would have put all five stars but the writing wasn't that great. I also recommend this book for people who liked The Hunger Games and The Matched series. So overall i really recommend this book. ( )
  GabiJ.G1 | Oct 20, 2014 |
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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.
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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.… (more)

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