Divergent

Divergent

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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 anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, 2011
ISBN: 9780062095909
0062095900
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Galvin, Emma
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SolvayGirl
Jun 07, 2020

I put off reading this for a long time because I was concerned about its obvious similarities to The Hunger Games (which was released first). But, I remembered hearing a good review and interview with the author on NPR, so thought I'd give it a shot. What a waste of 10+ hours! It was everything I feared and more. Not only was it too similar in plot basics (near-future US, post some sort of vague, never explained, civil-type war where an area of the country is divided into factions. The plot holes can accommodate a Mack truck. The world-building is a rough sketch, with so little thought as to how this simplistically designed society could really function that I can't believe even an intelligent high schooler wouldn't question its logic. The protagonist is pure YA formula and unlikeable for the majority of the book. The only distinction is that the "love triangle" involves only one hot guy; the other is not up to par.
I could go on, but honestly, it's not worth my time. I know this book and the subsequent trilogy was a best seller and adored by teenage girls (and probably more than a few young and not-so-young women everywhere, but it's not for me.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 23, 2020

Divergent is a great book that I would highly recommend to my friends to read. It is about a girl named Beatrice (a.k.a."Tris") Prior and how she lives inside her society. I personally love to read books about different societies than from now (ex. in the future), and Divergent definitely was one of the best ones I have read! I thought it was really interesting to see how her society is run and organized by what is called the factions. What faction you live in is decided by a test that evaluates what faction you would be most loyal to, but the final decision is up to the person when they turn 16. There are 5 factions the society is divided into - Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless) and Amity (the kind). I thought it was very interesting how each faction has a different role in how their society is run - but it causes conflict in the story with certain factions wanting more power over the others.
The book kept me interested from the beginning to the very end, and I found it very hard to put down! I loved the structure the author gave to the romance, it made it seem realistic and not cliché. There is a lot violence in this book, so I wouldn't recommend this book to an audience younger than about 13.
Tris is a great female lead who is very empowering to girls and women, and I loved many of the other characters in the story line.
If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you would definitely love Divergent! 5/5 stars
@batontwirler385 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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jandt_mcmurray
Feb 12, 2019

Beatrice is now at the age when it will be determined what faction, or organized group, she will join. After taking a special test, the results point you in the direction you should choose based on your personality, skills, tendencies, etc. For a rare group of people, the test results are inconclusive - they don't fit perfectly in to any one group. They are called divergent. We follow the choice of one such person, Beatrice, or Trice as she will be know going forward. Following her inconclusive test results, she chooses Dauntless, a group of well-trained warriors. Toward the end of the initiation period, she discovers that something is going on - something that will change the course of their civilization as they know it. And she is the target. Why? What is so special about her? By the end of this book, she only begins to realize the path that is laid before her & that the lives of all around her depend on her.
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Many people told me I should read this series since I loved the Hunger Games series so much. They were right to recommend this. The 2 series are very similar in many ways. I've only finished book 1 of 3 of the Divergent series, but if you were to ask me now which series I prefer, I can honestly say I don't know yet. There are different things that I like about each of the series. And even though the core of these dystopian series are very, very similar, there is still just enough differences that I need to wait until I'm further into the Divergent series to make a decision.
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Age recommendation: 14 & up (death, brutality, intense scenes)
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On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 10!

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turningpointe
Aug 24, 2018

Her voice is not very smoothh but the story is great!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 14, 2018

***SPOILERS***
Divergent is an action-filled coming of age story, and I think it teaches teenagers a lot about identity and making choices, as well as family and loyalty. The main character, Beatrice Prior, is a relatable sixteen year old girl living within post-war Chicago. The choices she makes and the challenges she faces in Divergent are dramatic and unthinkable, yet relatable to the typical teenager. Veronica Roth did an amazing job at creating a story with as much drama, romance, and action, while keeping it real to some extent. Divergent is a good book for any teen, although its 39 chapters do make it a bit of a lengthy read. Overall, Divergent was a smooth read, although it was quite boring until chapter 5 or 6. I give this book a 4/5!
@peraltiago4ever of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This was a very interesting book to read. I really enjoyed reading this book but there were just so many questions that were unanswered. The Divergent book collection has three more books in the series, which I have also read. I really love the plot of the book. There are five factions in this book- Abnegation(the selfless), Dauntless(the brave), Erudite(the intelligent), Amity(the peaceful), and Candor(the honest). The main character in this book, Beatrice, is from Abnegation but ends up moving to Dauntless at the choosing ceremony. She goes through many troubles but overcomes her challenges and fear. My favourite character in the book is Four, the dauntless instructor and Beatrice's boyfriend.The reason he is my favourite character is because he is very understanding, supportive, and brave. A part in the book that really shocked me was when Al, one of the other newcomers, committed suicide. Al didn't believe in himself and was failing throughout the Dauntless activities, and that's what caused him to kill himself. That part had an important lesson, always believe in yourself and be brave. I really liked that the author had a well planned story that made perfect sense. There was never a part where I thought the story is all over the place. This book included everything. Suspense, action, mystery, and romance. Although this book was a little too romantic for me at times, I would still recommend reading this book. Rating- 4/5
- @Vanilla of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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jessica_reads
Feb 14, 2017

What can I say that hasn't already been said about DIVERGENT? The series has already finished, they've made 3 movies (and allegedly will have a semi-related TV series), and everybody who was going to review it already has, so why did I wait until now to read the first book?

To be honest, it was a roadtrip novel. My husband and I have vastly different reading tastes, and it was one of the only books we were both relatively interested in listening to together. We'd seen the movie, and the book obviously has a lot more detail (much of it gruesome) than was touched on in the film. It made for interesting conversation between the two of us as we listened to it, and it was light enough that if the passenger dozed off, the driver could get them caught up upon waking.

I'm glad that I finally got around to it, and I can use it more accurately in my readers advisory, but have decided to not pursue the rest of the series at this time.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 30, 2016

A dystopian story about a girl in Chicago who feels likes she doesn't fit in.  Yeah, well, there is a reason for that.  She, and others of her kind could be dangerous to the society and that is why they must be killed.  They might also be society's only hope.  Tris cannot ever let anyone find out that she is Divergent. 3.5 Stars
- @bookworm2.1k of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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read_freak
Jul 10, 2016

I had to read this for a school project and when I picked up the book i was like i am never going to finish this in time. So I listened to it and I loved it! Awesome book!

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woundingtooth
Jun 02, 2016

good book

trixielab55 Oct 11, 2014

What a Hunger Games rip-off, from the marketing to the story line. How does Roth get away with this?

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Jun 02, 2016

good book but the movie is a bit off

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