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Divergent is a gripping story with a spunky heroine in a strangely believable dystopian world where people are divided into five groups—Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. Beatrice, who is raised in Abnegation and taught to think of others before herself, secretly wants to be in Dauntless. When she turns sixteen, she is made to take a test to determine which group would be best for her and it turns out that, unlike most people, Beatrice doesn't only have one inclination. She doesn't fit neatly into one category; she is divergent.

In a world where everything is determined by what group you belong to, being divergent is dangerous. Beatrice must choose a group and, to her parents' disappointment, she chooses Dauntless. Her brother also chooses to leave Abnegation in favor of Erudite. After this, Beatrice's world is one test after another. First, she must build up her physical strength and prove how physically dauntless she is. Many initiates don't make it past this phase and they end up living on the outskirts of society. After this phase, Beatrice, or Tris, as she renames herself, must prove how mentally dauntless she is. It turns out that because of her divergence, she is mentally very strong and can overcome her fears easily.

However, life in Dauntless is always a little scary and there are threats of political upheaval in the background. Plus, Tris starts having feelings for her mentor at Dauntless, a boy named Four who, she later discovers, also came originally from Abnegation. Together, Tris and Four must keep an eye out for those who are more cruel than they are dauntless, and also prevent a political coup by the leaders of Erudite and Dauntless.

Tris is a very likable character, partly because she's so open to new experiences, moving from Abnegation into Dauntless. She really digs deep within herself to find that core of bravery which doesn't always come easy. On the outside, she develops a tough exterior, but she's still sensitive and cares for people. Throughout the book, there's a feeling that something sinister is going on and Tris and Four must keep an eye out to make sure that they don't get caught up in it. Plus, the romance between the two is quite touching at times, especially when Four lets Tris see all his inner fears so that she can know who he really is. Perhaps this act of opening up to the one you love is the most dauntless of them all.

Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, is a graduate of Northwestern University's Creative Writing program. In 2011, she married photographer Nelson Fitch and they currently live in the Chicago area where Divergent is also set. Roth has written a sequel to Divergent named Insurgent and book three in the series is forthcoming in the fall of 2013. The movie version of Divergent, starring Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley is set to release in 2014. On her website, Roth claims that although she hopes that she would choose Dauntless just like her heroine does, she thinks she's much more likely to choose Abnegation.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A captivating, fascinating book.”

    James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

  • 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.”

    New York Times

  • “Edgy…Roth’s descriptions of Tris’ initiation process are as spellbinding as they are violent, while the tremulous romance between Tris and her protective and demanding instructor, Four, unfurls with heart-stopping tenderness. For those who loved The Hunger Games and are willing to brave the sometimes sadistic tests of strength and courage Tris must endure, the reward is a memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Emma Galvin’s blunt narration of this dystopian novel portrays Tris’ gruff exterior as she defies expectations, her own included, with her choice. Galvin conveys Tris’ emotional growth as she moves through a brutal initiation, making new friends and finding first love. Though Galvin’s narration is concentrated on giving Tris the perfect voice, she never neglects the secondary characters. Poignant moments with Tris’ mother and Four, her leader and love, are subtly nuanced to let listeners hear the terror Tris often hides. When she discovers a plot to overthrow the government, the pace never slackens, and listeners will hold their breath waiting to see if she can survive the day.”


  • “While Divergent will attract fans of The Hunger Games, Roth’s nonstop action, excellent voice, and simple yet accessible writing style will draw in many new readers to the genre. The themes are particularly poignant for young adults trying to identify their place in the world—having the choice to follow in your parents’ footsteps or do something new. The budding relationship between Beatrice and her trainer will entice those with a taste for romance as well as action. This is a fast-paced and fun read.”


  • “Roth paints her canvas with the same brush as Suzanne Collins. The plot, scenes, and characters are different but the colors are the same and just as rich. Fans of Collins, dystopias, and strong female characters will love this novel.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Roth is wisely merciless with her characters…[and] there is no doubt readers will respond to the gutsy action and romance.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Summer 2011 Indie Next List for Young Adults
  • A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • A 2012 Booklist Best Book for Young Adults
  • Nominated as an ALA Top Book for Teens in 2012
  • A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2011 RT Award for Best Young Adult Protagonist
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children’s Fiction
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A 2011 NPR Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 2/2/2014

    " Action packed novel written in a similar style to the Hunger Games. I enjoyed it and it was a fast read! Looking forward to reading book two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 2/2/2014

    " Amazing! The elements of both violence and love are perfectly intertwined. I love the fact that this is not a love triangle and more of a love story unfolding. All of the factions strengths are not explicit other than Abnegation and Dauntless. The ending caught me off guard. One scene really broke my heart because of the outcome of the situation. Overall, one on my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 1/29/2014

    " I can't believe it took me so long to read this book. I read an article about the upcoming film and decided I might as well bump Divergent up the reading list and I am so glad I did. The storyline drew me in and would not let me go. I ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting and am about to do the same with Insurgent. It's gonna be an all nighter folks and I am looking forward to it. The curiosity about what will happen to all the different characters is killing me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sierra | 1/29/2014

    " I loved loved loved this book! it was completely insane and almost hurt physically to put it down. Seriously Divergent is like an obsession of mine. I can't thank Veronica Roth enough for writing it :). Divergent is definitely for people who are into the whole dystopian thing (duh) and romance and strength and.... agh!!!! i need her to come out with the third book in the series. i loved divergent so much i immediately went to barnes and noble to get the collectors edition of insurgent after reading this entire book in about a span of like 2 days. definitely one of my favs and i'd absolutely reccomend reading it. "

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