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This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent series of books is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions.

Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

And don't miss The Fates Divide, Veronica Roth's powerful sequel to the bestselling Carve the Mark!
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 143 x 218.69 x 38.61mm | 553.38g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0062024027
  • 9780062024022
  • 12,926

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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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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to
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Review quote

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

"You'll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel." -- BookPage
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3,453,295 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 47% (1,633,309)
4 30% (1,050,176)
3 16% (539,855)
2 5% (156,471)
1 2% (73,484)

Our customer reviews

Favourite Quote: �¢??It must require bravery to be honest all the time. I wouldn�¢??t know.�¢?? After re-reading this book for a 3rd or 4th time, I thought I better write a review this time! Even after re-reading this book several times, it still remains my favourite dystopian book! 5/5 stars! The thing I love most about this book is Dauntless! Everything about that faction just excites, amazes, stuns me and even though it has its flaws I still think it would be the faction that I�¢??d love to live in! As for the rest of the world building, I thought it was done extremely well and I understand all the politics and reasoning for the society, which sometimes is hard to understand in other dystopians! To be honest this whole society just blows me away, I think it was so creative! Onto the characters, I just love Tris as she is one strong heroine and never gives up. Even when she isn�¢??t at her strongest and shows vulnerability, I still love her because even her weakest moments she wants to be strong. Then there�¢??s Four, who I just love! He has to be my top book crush, he is everything I could want! Strong, smart, brave, can be sweet when he want and to many thing other things to write! As for the relationship between the pair, I didn�¢??t think it was cheesy or overdone, I thought it formed at a steady pace and was realistic. As for the other characters, Veronica Roth definitely knows how to make various characters three dimensional. There were characters I absolutely hated, and there were ones I loved, but above all these characters are very memorable and that is how you know the author created great characters. As for the plot, the pacing was fast and there was also action every few pages! This book had everything �¢?? action, romance, friendship, a corrupt society, and so much more! Overall I just love it and highly recommend it too everything! Ps. The movie was AMAZING!show more
by brookexx
3 reviews . . . Chrissy's 4-star review Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. The last half had me glued to my book. The first half took a bit to get through. I could put the book down during that and not have to pick it up again. Tris is a fantastic heroine. She is up there with the best of them — Katniss and Hermione. (Sadly, I can only think of two right now off the top of my head.) She finds strength, power, knowledge, courage. Finds may be the wrong word. She always had it in her. She just didn’t know it. Her love interest is great. Four is such a gem. I loved the cake comment. (Read the book. You’ll understand.) They aren’t sappy and it definitely wasn’t insta-love. I got to see it develop. It was sweet. (This next part isn’t a spoiler but it will be cryptic.) I was surprised by the ending and how fast it all wrapped up. The ending made me sad. I would have loved to know more about some people. I was surprised by the actions of some people. I wasn’t surprised by those of others. But I wish it hadn’t ended the way it did. Would I recommend it: Absolutely. 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: Yep! It’s not the next Mistborn series, but I’d wager Roth’s books will end up ranked among the likes of Twilight and The Hunger Games. Her writing’s not spectacular but her story is. Her plotlines aren’t quite original but her characters are. Her dystopia’s not…um… well, actually it IS. It’s awesome. It’s Harry Potter’s Sorting Hat only without the cheering. It’s dark, and grown-up, and exactly what I was hoping for. The internet tells me I ought to have low expectations for the second and third installments of Roth’s series, but at this point I’m confident enough to hope for the best. Would I recommend it: Yep! Will I read it again: No, but I’m off to read book 2 just as soon as I get the chance. Belinda's 5-star review Did I enjoy this book: Yes. 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. It’s perfect . . . for a younger crowd. I fear there is a huge age gap between those who will undoubtedly be enthralled by this story and those who will say: It’s good. It’s entertaining. It’s a work of art. And I couldn’t relate to any of it. Reading this book made me feel like the stereotypical old fart. It’s ok. I like being an old fart. This story reminded me how hard growing up is. I managed to survive all that. Well, I didn’t have to go to war against my own neighborhood, but metaphorically at least, I survived the challenges represented in the book. Shew! Don’t want to do it again; not even in fiction. Would I recommend it: Absolutely. Will I read it again: No.show more
by Chrissy
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!), a great male lead who even I can fall for and twists and turns I don't see coming. 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! Next I must talk about Four - Four, Four, Four, Four!!! 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. 5/5 Stars If you're looking for dystopian fiction with amazing characters, kick-ass action and a great romance then this is definitely for you!show more
by Reviews from a Bookworm
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. He's the kind of boyfriend that brings the best of you, makes you stronger, because when you're down, he doesn't look at you with pity, what would pity solve? He's the kind of man that's intelligent, not thirsty for power and despite his age, his maturity is off the charts. And he has muscles. It's such an easy read, since intrigues over intrigues keep showing up and leave you wanting more. The world Veronica Roth described with such passion has definitely left a mark on me, because you're there with the character, you're there seeing through her eyes and despite the drawbacks, it's a beautiful world. I simply cannot WAIT to read Insurgent!! I recommend this book, it's a must read, really.. There's nothing not to like. Action, twists, romance and a well written story... what more do you want?show more
by Ioana Culcea
I absolutely love this book! I read many reviews raving about how great this book was, so I decided to read it myself. If you like The Hunger Games trilogy you will absolutely love this book!! I am currently on the second book: Insurgent!show more
by Sengul Korkmaz
I had just finished reading the hunger games and was hungry for another dystopian novel to read i searched the net and came across divergent and let me just say that the hype from this book was well worth it!! It has similarities to the hunger games but Divergent is a level of its self i loveeeed this book so much i read it in 1 day i just couldn't do anything but read it! Veronica makes a connection with all the characters to make us feel for them and worry what will happen to them. And let me just say OMG Four! Where can i get one!? Im not gonna give away too much but this book is 100% worth the read you will not be disappointed!!show more
by Gemma Saw
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