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Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) (Divergent Trilogy) Kindle Edition
She turns to the future in a world that’s falling apart.
The No. 1 New York Times bestseller DIVERGENT – also a major motion picture.
For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs.
Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead….
The first book in the DIVERGENT series that has swept the globe – selling millions of copies world-wide.
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In a brutal dystopian future, Tris Prior hides a deadly secret that could threaten everyone she loves
As war surges all around her, Tris must decide whether to embrace her Divergence, and deal with the dangerous consequences
As the society around them begins to crumble, Tris and Tobias explore a world beyond anything they've ever known, and face impossible choices along the way
See the world through the eyes of Tobias Eaton in this collection of stories exploring his life before he meets Tris Prior
Line up all four books to see Victo Ngai's full stunning illustration of Tris' dystopian Chicago home...
Praise for DIVERGENT:
“Riveting … A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away.” Publishers Weekly
“This gritty, paranoid world is built with careful details and intriguing scope. The plot clips along at an addictive pace, with steady jolts of brutal violence and swoony romance. Fans snared by the ratcheting suspense will be unable to resist speculating on their own factional allegiance. Guaranteed to fly off the shelves.” Kirkus Reviews
“With brisk pacing and lavish flights of imagination, Divergent clearly has thrills, but it also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety – the painful realisation that coming into one’s own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically.” New York Times
“The next big thing.” Rolling Stone
“Thrilling” US Weekly
“A taut and shiveringly exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely
“Divergent is a captivating, fascinating book that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises. It will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future.” James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner--This text refers to the paperback edition.
TikTok made me buy it! The new 10th anniversary edition of the bestselling YA series--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004WC07UK
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (3 May 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1608 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 362 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,145 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Beatrice Prior grows up in a society that has been separated into five factions based on the belief that the downfall of humanity was caused by its proclivity for evil. Once the dust has settled on the past wars and destruction, this post apocalyptic society attempts to rebuild itself, making sure everyone has a place to prevent future conflict. Each faction is based on a value or disposition to classify their citizens so that they serve specific roles and maintain harmony and prosperity in the whole society.
Beatrice is born of Abnegation, and as the title suggests, the faction is based on the virtue of selflessness, so she causes a major upheaval when she defects to the Dauntless (the brave) faction at a membership ceremony where all 16-year-olds choose their faction.
The novel follows her transition from a meek girl to one who knows in her heart that she is something more. But does she really belong in Dauntless, or is she a “Stiff” at heart? What if she is neither and rightfully factionless? Or worse, could she be Divergent as her unrecorded placement test results suggests?
What is impressive about this novel is that it was written by someone who is just a little older than the protagonist. Veronica Roth was still in the final year of university when she wrote the first book. The writing is sharp and the action sequences are so well-written you grimace with each blow and feel each crunch to the bone. The story balances the emotional and psychological upheavals that are part of the growing pains faced by the young Beatrice (who shortens her name to Tris in Dauntless) with her larger struggle to stop a major war among the factions that will cause the society to implode, even as she finds herself caught between family ties and allegiance to her newfound faction. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book, “Insurgent.”
I really enjoyed this series. The characters were well written and the story was ... if not original, certainly engaging. The books look at the theme of humanity and the characteristics that are displayed by it ... how some people are stronger, some are more peace loving, some more daring, some more intelligent etc.
It also looks at the cruelty of mankind and how some people are able to harm others' without emotion ... as though their victims are not real people with loves and feelings of their own.
I really liked the characters of Tris and Four. Four felt that he had to be strong. He'd had a brutal childhood that left him emotionally scarred. Tris came from a loving home but was equally strong ... in spirit, if not in body. Through his love of Tris, Four is able to to let down his guard and realise that he doesn't need to put on the "brave front" he has always shown. He is allowed to face his demons and show weakness.
Tris learns that she must shake the ties of her past, as weakness will prevent her survival. She has always known that she didn't fit into her family's ideals and so seeks her real place in the world.
What happens next pushes her to the limit of her abilities. She has to be tough ... sometimes she has to make choices that seem uncaring or ruthless ... but to survive and to care for those she loves, she has no choice.
I was taken by surprise at the twist at the end of Allegiant ... I can't say more without spoilers but I was unhappy with the turn that the book took ... even though it did add realism to the story.
This was Roth's debut series. I really enjoyed it and will definitely read more by this author.
The idea of dividing society into a series of factions is a well-established idea seen in a lot of dystopian fiction. Unfortunately, here I felt the divisions over-simplistic and difficult to swallow.
Overall this is a good read. Apart from a bit of slack in the middle (when initiation training starts to drag on - a problem Ender's Game also suffers with), it rattles along at a great pace, leaving the reader little chance to get bored or distracted. I have since read the next two installments in the trilogy and I think Divergent is probably the best.