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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. Divergent book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into. Divergent is about a girl called Tris. She lives in a world which has a divided society. Tris doesn't fit in to any of the societies, she is different.

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Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive. Read Common Sense Media's Divergent, Book 1 review, age rating, and parents guide. Chapter Thirty-Nine. Excerpt from Insurgent. Chapter One. Chapter Two. Acknowledgments. About the Author. Back Ad. Praise for Divergent. Books By Veronica. Divergent is the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth, published by HarperCollins Children's Books in It is a young-adult dystopian novel set in .

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Ultimately, Divergent took me by surprise, because once I was able to suspend disbelief with regards to the societal structure, I found myself truly enjoying this engrossing, action-filled novel.

Divergent (novel) - Wikipedia

The entire system, predicated on five character traits, seems like a flimsy, silly contrivance — how could any one person, with their myriad emotions and experiences, be reduced to a single quality to abide by for the rest of their lives? Chosen at the age of sixteen, no less? Also like The Giver, Divergent features a protagonist that does not fit into the clear-cut professions delineated by their respective societies.

With her first leap from the rooftop above the Dauntless lair, Divergent began to work its magic on my skeptical brain. And I liked it, people.

I liked it a lot. These annoyances are saved by an unconventional character choice, because Tris is not your usual Mary Sue.

I mean, at one point, when a character asks for her forgiveness, she coldly refuses. Really coldly.

They struggle with what it really means to be selfless, brave, smart, and kind. Calm Four encourages Tris to use her upbringing's focus on selflessness to be even more courageous.


Tris and Four are a good role model for a teen relationship; they treat each other as equals, defend each other not just him defending her , and work through their problems with open, honest conversations.

They also take their time with the romance and don't play games with each other. Violence Some Dauntless are sadistic and vicious. People routinely have to fight each other -- regardless of size or gender -- and every character is beaten and bloodied at least once.

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Several characters die: one commits suicide by throwing himself off a ledge into rapids; one falls by accident in the gap between a train and a roof; and others are shot dead during an armed ambush. Two characters are nearly choked to death, and during training, a few characters have to visit the Infirmary due to their injuries.

During one physical assault, two guys start groping a girl's chest and make rude comments about her body. In a calculated move, three initiates stab the first-ranked competitor in the eye. Some reviews criticize the depth and realism of the social structures within the novel.

For example, Kirkus review called the social structure a "preposterous premise".

Divergent, Book 1

A large part of the social structure's effect on the novel is to divide the different types of knowledge that the characters have access to. In her book chapter exploring how literacy in different knowledge effect the series, Alice Curry describes the factions and their indoctrination as deliberately creating a gap in knowledge for their initiates.

Because of the initiation process, the characters become illiterate in the knowledge valued by the other factions, thus Tris's divergence allows her to be admirable and successful because she can become literate in a broad set of knowledges and information types. Curry argues, that Jeanine's leadership within Erudite, represents an academic "Ivory Tower" that alienates other types of knowledge, thus the book critiques academic learning, in favor of the broader literacy embodied by Tris.

Here, somehow, the novel's flights from reality distance the reader from the emotional impact that might come in a more affecting realistic or even fantasy novel.

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