A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 USA Today Bestseller
Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A 2011 NPR Best Book
A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
Selected for the Summer 2011 Indie Next List for Young Adults
A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children’s Fiction
Winner of the 2011 RT Award for Best Young Adult Protagonist
Nominated as an ALA Top Book for Teens in 2012
A 2012 Booklist Best Book for Young Adults
A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
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.
“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.”
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Dystopian YA with some powerful ideasJanuary 28, 2016There are really two stories going on at once here. One is a YA-type tale about a teenager doing her level best to fit in with her peers. The other is about a power struggle between the book's five factions. And it was never that clear in Divergent which one was meant to be the subplot.
But for all teen angst and love interests, Divergent does present some intriguing ideas, which the sequels will certainly expand upon. The factions, and the logic that created them, are quite an interesting world concept.
I feel the movies do a better job of bringing this world to life. They are also free of Emma Galvin who, while a confident narrator, did come close to boring me a few times with her monotone.
While I did prefer it on the big screen, I was still glad for having read the books first. They did add somewhat to my enjoyment of the movies.
More Dauntless than The Hunger GamesJanuary 31, 2014I liked the narrator more as the book went on. I agree with the other reviewer that it's very similar to "The Hunger Games", but that Tris (the protagonist) has more personality- which is great. It's Postapocalyptic-Dystopian-Young Adult-Fiction, and I enjoyed the performance (while in my late 20's). The one drowning point that I had with the concept of the book can be summed up by saying "Psychology run amuck."
Great for teens, good for older readersAugust 20, 2013For fans of The Hunger Games and other young adult postapocalyptic fiction, this is a good story. I’m past the age of young adult and I still found it to be a good story, though the ridiculous teen angst got on my nerves. Overlooking that, this book has some pretty interesting characters, a unique take on the postapocalyptic world, and plenty of action and suspense. Fortunately, Tris, the main character, has more personality than The Hunger Games’ Katniss, though at times she’s not any more likeable. Once again the male characters are the most likeable and interesting characters.
I do recommend this book, and Emma Galvin’s performance is pretty good. Just be warned: teen angst abounds! For its intended audience it’s great.
Emma Galvin has won the 2011 Audie Award for best fiction narration, been a finalist for the Audie Award in 2012, and won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, is an actress whose film appearances include My Suicidal Sweetheart, A Perfect Fit, and The Big Bad Swim. She has performed in several regional theater productions, including Love Punky, The Power of Birds, and The Realm.