Divergent is the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth, published by Harper Collins Children's Books in The novel is the first of the Divergent. This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodl. Divergent book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into.
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Veronica Roth - Divergent Series Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book “You'll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel.”. 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). Editorial Reviews. webtiekittcenve.tk Review. A Q&A with Author Veronica Roth. Q: What advice would you offer to young aspiring writers, who long to live a success .
The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. Roth indicated that she did not originally intend to use Chicago as the setting: I wrote the rough draft and I felt like it needed a more grounded sense of place, and I looked at the city I had described, which is all these trains constantly moving, and this lake marsh, and these rivers. And I realized that it was Chicago already, and it was just because that's the city I've known and loved the longest. All sixteen-year-olds are tested to determine which faction they are best suited for, but select their own faction at the Choosing Ceremony.
Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior feels she does not belong in her Abnegation family. Agonizing over her future, Beatrice decides to leave Abnegation and join Dauntless. Her brother Caleb chooses Erudite. The new Dauntless initiates jump onto a moving train to Dauntless headquarters, and are instructed to jump onto the roof. Most make it, but one initiate falls to her death. They are then ordered to jump into the compound entrance; Beatrice jumps first.
Reaching the bottom, she tells the instructor Four that her name is Tris. Four explains that, unlike the other factions, who accept all successful initiates, only the top ten Dauntless initiates will stay while the rest become Factionless. Tris befriends several fellow initiates, but comes into conflict with others. The Willis or Sears Tower , one of several landmarks Roth describes within post-apocalyptic Chicago, the novel's setting.
In the first stage of initiation, they are trained in guns, knives and hand-to-hand combat. Despite her lack of physical strength, Tris finishes in sixth place. A relationship emerges between Tris and Four, and Tris is pummeled by Peter in a fight. After the Stage 1 rankings are announced, the second-place Peter stabs first-place Edward in the eye. Edward leaves to become Factionless, followed by his girlfriend Myra.
On Visiting Day, Tris learns that her mother was originally Dauntless. Erudite stirs dissent against the city's Abnegation leadership and accuses their leader Marcus of abusing his son. The rumors are fueled by the fact that Marcus' son, as well as Tris and Caleb, all left Abnegation, which is also alleged to be hoarding supplies.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. What kind of ridiculous mess Oh man. So I know I say this in dissenting opinion, as many on my friends list are partial to this book, but I could not stand it. So before I go off on my tirade, I must explain. Let me explain that two is pretty low on my scale. Or whatever. One star is dramatic. Roth has an interesting concept. It had potential.
I felt like I could feel what the author was thinking. Lol who needs to do that to write a book? No I know how to write a book, okay. You know what was a good book? The Hunger Games. Small petite girl, check. Dystopia, check. Living in an underground compound, check. Lessons about bravery and self-sacrifice, check.
Small girl trains with other people who are jealous of her success, check. Kills people, check. Jumping on a moving train. What else is cool? Jumping off a roof.
Oh yea that sounds cool. I gotta think of more cool things, hold on. Okay publishing time. The whole thing is rushed and just…completely nonsensical and full of trope after trope. So what is supposed to be super awesomely cool people just, to me, looked like a band of idiots.
Wigs, did you like anything about the book though? Yes I did. She must have written those on a good night.
I feel like they kind of dropped all of the other outside nonsense and kind of focused on just human things. I enjoyed this particular one where Four was under a blue spotlight in a dark hallway it she described how his eyes were black and shadowed while the rest of his face eerily lit or something like that. Just here and there were some bits of description I liked. Jeez this is starting to turn into Divergent: The Review, a novel by Wigs.
But oh well. You can stop at any time. Not yet. I have to get this out of my head. And hey, if in book 2 she fixes some of these issues and answers some of the questions, great.
I can believe that. I can believe that a dystopian society would force you into choosing a limited amount of careers based on what you excel in.
My issue is that this society is completely dysfunctional. A dystopian is scary for us, because ideally, it is supposed to be believable. We can believe The Hunger Games is possible because people would totally watch a reality show where people fight to the death.
In the case of Divergent, my issue is that this society is unbelievable.
Everything is very homogenized and simplified thusly into these factions and these careers using the information given to us: Abnegation selfless people: Amity friendly people: Okay so seriously what does Candor even do?
They seem pointless. Anything I can think of that might go with them is really better suited to Erudite. And wait a minute. Healthcare is given to Abnegation?
Wait really? Or what, is it like homeopathic healthcare? How helpful. Putting one group in all the power. That's ridiculous to say that something like that happens in Future America. There's no way they wouldn't have put together a system where there is representation from each faction within a council.
Isn't that what the American Revolution was all about? Lack of representation in government? I cannot see everyone saying 'fuck representation! So the whole main plot of Divergent is based on something that's already broken my suspension of belief. Construction workers, bus drivers, gasp, the horror. The villain wants to get rid of them. Oh yes. Okay, we need to talk about the train for a second. Is with. The Train. Why is this train an asshole? Oops, you failed.
Learn to live. Why is everyone like just ignore it guys, just ignore it. Or otherwise the steepest track change in the world, haha. They had perfectly good empty buildings to refurbish, and instead they spend however many millions of dollars digging a bigass hole in the middle of the city just so people can enjoy some nice sunlight-deprived living. Or maybe she just wanted to copy Mockingjay, that too, of course.
And guess what people. In the future, the trains stop for no bitch, so watch out. One thinks that a dystopian society would care about their military. Especially considering that in this case, their entire city is surrounded by a guarded fence with barbed wire.
Clearly protection is important to them. So whyyyyyyy are the Dauntless, the only source of soldiers, completely undisciplined jackasses? They party it up and dress up like punks from 70s London and ….
We already had this ready too, for whatever reason. Why does Tris have special snowflake syndrome? Which is dangerous etc whatever. And I can download that, I can, that a dystopian society would want to suppress an individual which has too many skills or whatever butttttt… how is it that SO few people actually have multiple skills. Why is that allowed, since it encourages them to learn more skills? And if they want to discourage people having multiple functions, why the hell are people allowed to change factions at all?
And because of this, I see how sad the wasted potential is. But no, no, Tris has a special brain. No one can get into her mind. Just like Bella Swan. Speaking of which, with Tris, who is supposed to be divergent for Abnegation and Dauntless, I can barely find any selflessness traits outside of a what any regular person would do.
I found her, in fact, written incredibly selfish, as teenagers are. She also has to point out physical features to add to why she doesn't like people greasy hair, crooked teeth, stretch marks, pudge Basically it comes down to this.
Eye-rolling was induced many a time. A book without a solid platform of sense is just not for me. View all comments. I'm torn now. I eyerolled so much while reading this book that I may have permanently damaged at least some of my cranial nerves. And yet I read it in one sitting, annoyingly and inexplicably entertained.
Go figure. There just may have been some facepalming as well. It's yet another young adult dystopia based on a stupid premise.
Seriously, it's plainly ridiculous. If I had to compare it to something equally ridiculous it'd have to be the notion of sparkly vampires. I'm not kidding. Just list Heh. Just listen to this: Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality - of humankind's inclination toward evil, in whatever form that is.
Divergent by Veronica Roth - review
They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world's disarray. Well, it's a dystopian Chicago where, in an attempt to battle the evils of this world people came up with a BRILLIANT idea to segregate into five "factions", each of one is based on ONE quality that is supposed to be the uber-defining feature of them.
Therefore we have the brave, the selfless, the smart, the truthful, and the kind. I eyerolled at it in a children's book where it made its appearance. I exasperatedly eyeroll at it now. No, really. That is stupid. First of all, how exactly will our society ever get to the point where such thing becomes plausible? I mean, seriously - at least we can imagine the world of "The Hunger Games" happening given current obsession with reality shows. And second of all, how exactly is everyone in this world NOT 'Divergent'?
They have an option to switch factions after being raised in one; so basically it's okay to internalize the principles of more than one of them. How will that not make them 'Divergent'? So there's that, and the sheer impossibility of a person to live only within the rigid frames of one of the factions' principles. For instance, let's look at doctors, 'kay? In this book, they belong to the faction of the kind.
Because, clearly, for this profession you don't need the smarts to learn medicine, the selflessness to sacrifice sleep and rest in favor of helping the sick, the bravery to cut into someone's bodily cavity, and the truthfulness to deliver bad news or admit when you don't know something.
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Clearly it would take a special brain to use more than one of these qualities not only simultaneously but EVER. No wonder this world does not work well. I mean, how well does complete segregation work to create peace instead of creating new lines of division of "Us vs.
Clearly complete segregation would do wonders to solve the violence-causing issues in the world. History showed us many examples of that. And I cannot believe that up until this point in that universe nobody questioned the validity of this structure. I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest. Did it take centuries to come to this conclusion? It's probably the sheer amount of action in this book - nonstop action that makes action-heavy plot itself giddy from action overload.
Did I mention action? Running, jumping, falling, fist-fighting, knife-fighting, shooting, running, punching - all that while she, a special Divergent snowflake, learns to fit in among the Dauntless, the Gryffindor-brave read: Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation lead s them to darker places than they ever imagined.
I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me. My body feels rigid and cold, and I am not angry, I am not hurt, I am nothing. His are dark and glassy.
I am nothing. You may not be prepared for what's coming. Yes, almost the entire book is the scenes of Tris training to become super-awesome, occasionally punctuated by the scenes of mandatory self-doubt. She kicks ass literally and she is loving it.
Of course, in the way mandatory to all YA dystopias, her training just proves that this plain little average humble girl is the sexy badass that is better than anyone else at whatever she chooses to do, and somehow will be number one no matter what she does because she is, well, special.
Because, it seems, ever since Rocky Balboa took the second place we have become accustomed to root for the seeming underdog - but that underdog now invariably turns out to be the winner of whatever competition there may be in the book - and the hottest male lead as a special prize. Those rare times the underdog loses. This is not the case in this book. And yet, annoying as these scenes are, they are still so much fun to read. Silly, shallow, mindless fun - the kind you get when you playing a fast-paced videogame, perhaps - but fun nevertheless.
Yes, most of the action here is juvenile and seems pointless as a part of faction training - but hey, so is shooting up the heads of videogame aliens. But it's still entertaining. So here's what I'm trying to say here: Suspend your disbelief, don't think too hard about what's happening, approach it as just fun - and you will be rewarded with a fun ride, like that giant rollercoaster in the amusement park that is worth it while you're on it and slightly less worth it when you're puking up your lunch into a trashcan afterwards.
No, and I would not give one to 50 Shades of Grey either. But for the entertainment value alone I will give it 2. Still, I'm undecided whether I care enough about what happens to Tris to invest time into reading the sequel.
And here is the review for the final installment in the series, 'Allegiant'. As seen on The Readventurer We all know why Divergent was written. Public wants to read more dystopian stories, publishers want to sell them, authors want to write them. Everyone is happy. I have read a few new dystopias recently and liked or disliked them to various degrees. There are dystopias for any taste, dystopias that emphasize separate aspect As seen on The Readventurer We all know why Divergent was written.
There are dystopias for any taste, dystopias that emphasize separate aspects of the trilogy. There are dystopias that bank on romance Matched or Delirium. There are dystopias that take the shock value route Wither. And then there is Divergent that caters to the crowd who wants more action in their dystopias. And action this novel delivers! In a few words, Divergent is a one long initiation trial. Beatrice Prior is a member of a society that has been maintaining its peaceful existence by separating its citizens into 5 distinct factions.
These factions are formed on the basis of virtues they cultivate in their members - Candor values honesty the most, Abnegation - selflessness, Dauntless - bravery, Amity - peacefulness and Erudite - intelligence.
At 16 all citizens take a test that is supposed to help them decide if they want to stay with the faction into which they were born or transfer to another faction forever. Beatrice's test results are inconclusive and puzzling. Ultimately she decides to abandon her own faction Abnegation and her family and enter another Dauntless.
But of course, the transfer is not easy. The initiation trials are grueling. Divergent is essentially a depiction of Beatrice's road to becoming a Dauntless, both physically and emotionally. Beatrice's unusual test results come to play too, and in a major way. This emphasis on multiple trials and exercises is the strongest and the weakest part of the story.
Veronica Roth has a special talent for writing great fighting scenes, pulse-raising and adrenaline-pumping scenes. Her imagination in terms of inventing different tests and challenges seems to be limitless. Something exciting happens to Beatrice every day of her trials.
But that is also the weakness of the story. The actual story starts only around page of this page book. Only then stakes are raised and real action begins.
If you ask me, pages is a lot of prep to finally get to the meat of the story. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book 3 stars means "i liked it" on Goodreads. Divergent is good entertainment.
I liked it, I was engaged in the story, I was even excited quite often. But something was missing for me. The novel has good characters, but they are not quite as interesting and compelling as they could have been; it has a lot of action, but the justification for the amount of violence involved is not quite adequate; it has a cute romance, but it never quite makes your heart contract in that sweet, painful way you know what I am talking about, don't you?
I liked Divergent. I liked it more than Matched , Delirium or Wither. It entertained me. It promotes all the good things - bravery and self-sufficiency, friendships, honesty, determination. It is all about girl empowerment. But as the same time it isn't particularly thought-provoking or chilling. It never truly touched my heart.
It is a write-by-numbers dystopia. The verdict? I guess, you'll have to see for yourself? While I am on the subject of dystopias and have your attention, I want to recommend one of my most favorite dystopias that doesn't get nearly as much acknowledgment as it deserves.
Please, check out Neal Shusterman 's Unwind You will not regret it. Jun 21, mark monday rated it it was ok Shelves: Dear Hunger Games, I miss you. I really do. Our relationship is over and done with but the memory of you still lingers on. I don't think I'll ever be over you. You are fucking special. It took me some time, but I finally met a new girl.
Her name is Divergent. She's quiet and strong and short-tempered and insular and brave But is she really? This is hard for me to admit Dear Hunger Games, I miss you. This is hard for me to admit but I think I was initially attracted to her because she reminded me so much of you.
I know it's not fair for me to think this way, I should be looking at her on her own merits. At the very least I could have looked at the relationship as a fun rebound and not as a search for a replacement you. Easier said than done. I loved you, I love you, I'll always love you First of all, she copies all of your moves and all of your traits.
It's so obvious. It's clear she's modeled her whole life on you and what you've achieved. At first that similarity is what caught my eye about her. And she is an exciting person, she's always hurtling forward, she barely stops to take a breath. I like that. But in the end, there's also a fakeness and even a kind of desperation. She's not you, not even close. Why can't she be her own person?
Unlike you, she's really into guns. I know you see the necessity of guns, sometimes, but I also know you don't see them as an answer. I didn't mind her love of guns at first - I kinda like guns, I'll admit that. But eventually I realized she was equating the use of guns with bravery. What the hell? On the one hand she says "true bravery is selflessness" but on the other hand she insists that she doesn't feel fully herself unless she has a gun in her hand.
She also has a thing against intellectuals. She finds them innately suspicious and they are the first kind of person she'll automatically reject. Honestly I don't know where that comes from. But it makes my skin crawl. With all the gun love and the anti-brains bias, she reminds me at times of my redneck relatives. Which is not attractive.
The worst thing - and I know I'm about to sound like a real dick here - is that I've realized she is actually pretty stupid. She breaks people down into different groups, just like you do. But while you have a realistic, complicated perspective on class and power and economics and the media and self-awareness and how all of those things contribute to the boxes we put ourselves into, the decisions we make, who we are Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Dauntless, and Amity.
My God, she even lumps adjectives and nouns together as her labels - as if they were the same thing! It's teeth-grindingly naive and yet this idea of hers is her whole foundation. Even worse, she seems to think that only the very rare person, the very special few, are able to combine these traits in relatively equal proportions. To be "Divergent". Sometimes I wonder if she's actually ever really known a person.
Her theory is like something a child thought up. Okay now I'm feeling bad for bashing her so much so I'll say some good things. She can be pretty enthusiastic and, at her best, she can keep me up all night just having fun.
Her insights about this guy Al you don't know him and you probably wouldn't like him are really surprising and deep. So she's not that shallow, not really.
She has her moments. And just like you, she sure knows how to make some money. Still, I don't think I will be continuing the relationship. She seems really cool and smart and mysterious. I'm looking forward to getting to know her. But in the end, you know you'll always be number one. There comes a time in every average, misunderstood, flat chested, never-been-kissed, pre-war heroin, sixteen year old girl's life when she must decide between right and wrong.
Not Harry and Sam. Or Harry and Mike. No no. In Divergent, Good, Evil and Tris are our love triangle. How utterly refreshing. You will find your standard amount of PG-rated teen romance in this book. Check it: Oh, eh Wrong book.
My bad. But There comes a time in every average, misunderstood, flat chested, never-been-kissed, pre-war heroin, sixteen year old girl's life when she must decide between right and wrong.
But romance isn't the focus. And that makes me super-dooper shiney-whiney happy with sprinkles on top because I find my focus is easily persuaded elsewhere if there isn't enough action happeni Oh, right, right. The Plot. The population of Chicago has been divided into factions based on five standard values: And best of all, you will never have anything do with anyone from the other evil, evil factions if you can help it.
You see, this way you are safe in your tight little community cocoon and can spend your days bitching about how fucked-up those other factions are for choosing what is clearly a far less awesome way of living. And you certainly never have to worry that your batshit-crazy intelligence-loving neighbours are keeping busy by plotting your evil demise. The city carries on in a complete state of peace, love and mung beans. Who was it that got up and said, "Hold up peeps.
I've totally got it. Much in the same way that Delirium was all 'Love is the vicious cause of all our problems'. But that doesn't really bother me all that much.
I'm still cheering over the fact that we don't have to sit through another love triangle. And that's not even the best news! Nuh uh. She's a moody, self indulgent, gun firing, cliff jumping, ass kicking little bitch-faced mole. View all 77 comments. Today I almost attacked a man in public. A man who was yelling at and abusing his partner. Kicking the trolley, shoving her and screaming obscenities at her. I ditched the trolley I'd been pushing and stormed toward them, my mind blank of anything but ruthless fury.
The next part was like out of some stupid romance novel. Mr Kennedy pulled back on my arm and said, "No. There is no way you're going over there!
Usually that's the part of the novel where the female heroine swoons or something but I only got angrier. Did he just relegate me to child-minding and packing away groceries? Because I have a uterus? To say I was unimpressed would be an understatement. Never before have I actually wanted to be a man. I love being a woman and I think being a woman is a fantastic thing to be. But I wanted to kick that man's ass. I absolutely hated myself for being weak and puny. It's not fair.
To not be able to fight your own battles, to not be able to stand up for weaker people when you want to. It's so, incredibly, painfully unfair. Why can't I have big muscles?
Why couldn't Mr Kennedy wait by the car while I got to go up and play harpsichord with his lower intestinal tract? Why must I swallow my pride and accept that I'm just not as strong or muscular as Mr Kennedy? Perhaps it's that drive that made me connect so much with Tris. I wonder what kind of personality types would enjoy this novel?
I've seen a lot of three star reviews and I just can't fathom why when this book was a solid five stars for me. Even with it's somewhat implausible storyline I loved it. I loved all the characters, especially Tris, for being a hardass, cold motherfucker when other YA protagonists would whither and melt into a gooey puddle of patheticness. Maybe I connected with it because I could absolutely imagine being Dauntless. Catching moving trains? Sign me up now. I think I would have loved every minute of it.
The writing was quite smooth and the action sequences were clear, concise and well-explained. The pacing and the plot never really give up, making this book difficult to put down.
I was surprised by the actions of some people. Would I recommend it: Will I read it again: Probably, but first I want to read the rest of the series. Melissa's 4-star review Did I enjoy this book: Belinda's 5-star review Did I enjoy this book: Divergent is flawless. Considering the attention the book has received coupled with the imminent blockbuster movie to be released, you probably already knew that.
This story covers all the inevitable scary issues involved in growing up; separating from our parents, discovering where we belong, deciding who to trust, and learning to thrive in a dangerous and frightening world. Roth has it all.
I fear there is a huge age gap between those who will undoubtedly be enthralled by this story and those who will say: Reading this book made me feel like the stereotypical old fart. I like being an old fart. This story reminded me how hard growing up is. I managed to survive all that. I don't really know what I can say about this book that hasn't been said hundreds of times before.
But as it's one of my favourite book series and I have just reread it in time for Allegiant, I am going to review it for the blog anyway. Divergent is an amazing read, at least in my opinion. It gave me everything I could possibly ask for in a book, an amazing dystopian setting, a kick-ass female lead who just so happens to be short as a fellow short person, I like this! Not to mention some rather amazing secondary characters that I really came to love. As far as main characters go, Tris was kind of perfect as far as I'm concerned.
I think the reason I loved her so much was because of how hard she had to work. She wasn't amazing from the get go, she wasn't the best initiate, it was something she had to work for. I really liked that about her, it can get frustrating having characters who are the best at everything all the time. Plus, as I've said she is also tiny which is nice to find in a lead character!
As far as love interest and male lead characters go, Four is actually swoon worthy to me and I never swoon. He was tough, mysterious but also caring and funny. I totally fell for Four in this book and Four will always be Four to me - I don't care if it's a nickname!
As far as secondary characters go, Veronica Roth can really do no wrong. She gave me Tris' friends to love, her enemies to absolutely despise and those characters that keep you guessing. Dystopian fiction is my favourite genre and I can't seem to get enough of it. The factions in the book were something I really enjoyed and found really interesting.
Even if I would have liked a tiny bit more explanation on them - when they were formed, why they were formed and how it all works. One great thing about this book, no stupid, annoying, frustrating love triangle. I am surely not the only person who is fed up of seeing these in books. Divergent is one of my all time favourites and the ending gets me every time I read it.
This book was completely heartbreaking to me at times. When you finish it leaves you needing to know what happens next, thankfully all three books are out now so you won't have to wait. I am helplessly and utterly in love with this book. Divergent is one of those books that's like "Oh, you wanna go outside and play? Here's a twist. Here's some action. Forget about outside". Beatrice is struggling to find the good choice, the good faction for her, but is there such thing?
Every faction has its ups and downs. I liked the fact that I could easily remember the characters.
I have quite a problem with character remembering, especially when tons of them are thrown in my face - which is a reason I never finished Hamlet -but with Divergent is easy to recall even those who were only mentioned once. You stumble upon the best male character you can ever read. How do I begin to describe Four? I love him with the power of a thousand suns.This isn't dystopia, it means nothing, it sends no message, it won't ever happen.
Re imagining the World. I really loved following Trice and her adjustment to her new faction. Want to Read saving…. I don't have this feeling with a lot of books, many i enjoy but they don't have that much of an impact on me. That is Four that is why you read Four first! This being said, I ship 'em really hard.
Like Power Rangers meeting the Ninja Turtles epic. Go figure. Please, check out Neal Shusterman 's Unwind You will not regret it.
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