Divergent by Veronica Roth
(Book 1)

82%

54 Critic Reviews

In this edgy debut...first in a trilogy, promising author Roth tells the riveting and complex story of a teenage girl forced to choose, at age 16, between her routinized, selfless family and the adventurous, unrestrained future she longs for.
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Synopsis

Now includes an excerpt from the upcoming Four: A Divergent Collection.

This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy 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.

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About Veronica Roth

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Veronica Roth burst onto the literary scene with Divergent, an instant New York Times bestseller, and its acclaimed sequel, Insurgent, which debuted as a #1 New York Times bestseller. A full-time writer, Ms. Roth lives near Chicago with her husband. You can visit her online via her blog (www.veronicarothbooks.com), on Twitter (@veronicaroth), or on Tumblr (http://theartofnotwriting.tumblr.com/).
 
Published May 3, 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books. 501 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Divergent
All: 54 | Positive: 52 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Apr 05 2011

Fans snared by the ratcheting suspense will be unable to resist speculating on their own factional allegiance; a few may go on to ponder the questions of loyalty and identity beneath the façade of thrilling adventure.

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NY Times

Good
on May 12 2011

“Divergent” holds its own in the genre, with brisk pacing, lavish flights of imagination and writing that occasionally startles with fine detail.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Bookie Cookie on Mar 11 2016

I thought this book had a very original plot and I was intrigued at the way the society was structured. The characters were completely believable in their battles to face their fears and as soon as I had finished the book I couldn’t wait to pick up book 2...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by VampireGirl on Feb 22 2016

This book is a masterpiece that hooks you all the way through. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner then you will absolutely love this book. It is an amazing story of finding out who you really are and what it is like to fall in love. You cannot fault it.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by TheFanaticalReader on Oct 17 2015

Divergent was far more enjoyable than I was expecting and I found it a satisfying read, although the end of the book held events that left me slightly confused.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by ColourTwist on Feb 11 2015

After a few pages of Divergent, I was addicted. I could not physically put it down...It is well worth the read and I'd one hundred percent recommend it! I can't wait to read Insurgent!

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Guardian

Good
on Nov 16 2014

Maintaining a gripping pace throughout, with suspense and plot twists around every corner, while also being extremely thought provoking and utterly unique, Divergent is almost definitely a book to read.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by hanhans on Jul 15 2014

She was a very determined character which made it so much better to read. And to top it all off there was a bit of romance in the book, which made it even better to read. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy adventure books and love books like The Hunger Games.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Bookworm1408 on May 01 2014

Wow! That's all I can say. Stop what you're doing and get this book! It doesn't matter what kind of book you like, it doesn't matter; you'll love it.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Josephine14 on Jan 30 2014

There were many moments where I found myself on the edge of my seat. The suspense gets you hooked within the first few pages – it kept me reading pretty much all day and night!

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by AmySharps on Jan 13 2014

Roth creates an engaging story with cliffhangers throughout and something new to discover in every chapter, forcing you to read on. If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading the whole trilogy, with Divergent coming to cinemas in the UK later this year.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by helloitsheath on Sep 19 2013

Tris' narration was brilliant to read, and I found the emotions she showed throughout the story pretty realistic coming from a teenage girl. Her relationships with the other initiates is another thing that I think was portrayed really well...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Becca.E on Sep 02 2013

This book captivated me from the very beginning and I loved and hated all the characters in the book, for the right reasons.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Silva L. Wood on Jul 16 2013

I loved Divergent because the idea of being separated by your personality is something which fascinates me.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by PearlyDewdrops on Mar 25 2013

I think it was a heart-pounding and taut debut. I was immersed in the story right from the beginning...I would recommend the story to anyone who enjoys a haunting young-adult novel that will leave you excited and craving more.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by NewYorkGirl on Oct 10 2011

It has just the right amount of suspense to keep you wanting more, and plenty of twists that you will not expect.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Readaholic on Sep 13 2011

Roth maintains a gripping pace throughout the book, with suspense and plot twists around every corner. I felt that I was living alongside Beatrice through all her trials and triumphs as she was such a convincing heroine.

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Guardian

Good
on Oct 10 2011

In essence, this is a story of betrayal, romance, war, and of course, choices...It has just the right amount of suspense to keep you wanting more, and plenty of twists that you will not expect.

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Guardian

Good
on Sep 13 2011

However, I was most definitely hooked by this superb work of fiction. It had everything a dystopian novel needs: a feisty heroine, an unyielding government, love interests, survival in a harsh world, and shocks...In short, it was fantastic!

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 21 2011

In this edgy debut...first in a trilogy, promising author Roth tells the riveting and complex story of a teenage girl forced to choose, at age 16, between her routinized, selfless family and the adventurous, unrestrained future she longs for.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by June Goodwin on May 03 2011

The author skillfully balances intense action scenes with the emotional internalization of the characters that brings breadth and depth to the story.

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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Jia on May 24 2011

While not as action-packed as the dystopian that kickstarted it all (aka Hunger Games), I thought Divergent was a nice balance of action and introspection, which I haven’t really seen yet this year in the books coming out.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Jul 31 2013

Although this book was written for young adults, it’s a story that will touch anyone who reads it. Roth’s imagination knows no bounds, creating a world that is both merciless and hopeful.

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Examiner

Good
on Apr 24 2012

Divergent is full of heart and begs the question "Can you face your fears?" Full of heart-pumping, adrenaline filled moments, this book is extremely difficult to put down.

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Examiner

Good
on Apr 10 2012

Divergent blew me away. The world Veronica Roth created was well thought out, and as I read page by page, I found myself more and more involved in that World.

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Examiner

Good
on Nov 30 2011

But where Roth excels is in her ability to actualize a scene. Her adventure sequences come to life in a way that ignites the imagination. Overall, Roth knows how to create dystopian action that literately jumps off the page.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Ragonese on Jun 11 2011

My overall impression of this book is that it will be the start of something wonderful. I can’t wait to see where the author takes these characters. It’s a fun but intense read, appropriate for both YA and adult audiences.

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AV Club

Above average
on May 26 2011

Divergent plays right into the zeitgeist of dystopian young-adult novels, yet it lacks any kind of originality to put it alongside or above any previous series. This debut ultimately contains all the excitement of a checklist.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Jun 24 2011

Divergent is no Hunger Games; it's much flimsier and less nuanced. Still, I'm hooked — and ready for the sequel.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Drake on Jul 17 2012

This is an action-packed novel that you won't want to put down, and the good news is that once you are done, you will have two more novels in the trilogy to look forward to.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Uloop on Aug 27 2013

If you're looking for easy-read science fiction filled with violent action sequences and teen romance, then put Divergent at the top of your reading list.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by Even Stevens on Aug 12 2011

Tris questions this a few times throughout the book, so I have to assume Roth tackles the subject eventually. I highly recommend this book. It's fast-paced, captivating and interesting, and I cannot wait for the next installment.

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on May 03 2011

DIVERGENT offers exciting danger, sweet romance, intriguing psychiatric excavations, and nonstop captivating action. Veronica Roth is a welcomed and talented new addition to the YA book world.

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Common Sense Media

Excellent
on May 03 2011

Tris is a refreshingly smart and self-possessed 16-year-old protagonist, and readers will fall in love with her...This is an impressive and provoking start to what should be a fascinating series.

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Jacksonville.com

Good
Reviewed by J.P. Wickwire on May 08 2011

Author Veronica Roth's inaugural offering is more than another YA dystopian. "Divergent" a fast-paced thriller about finding love, finding yourself and facing your fears.

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Book Buzz

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Thiegs on Oct 15 2013

I finished this book quickly. I felt breathless during some of the Dauntless initiation tasks. I got a little gooey with the blossoming of new love. As a grown woman, I did feel myself sometimes internally cringing at all the teenage love stuff, but… I still read it and enjoyed this page turner.

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Breitbart

Above average
Reviewed by MEIRA PENTERMANN on Nov 04 2011

Roth is, herself, a young adult, which begs the question: what has happened in the last ten years that causes young people to see the government as benevolent and success as dirty? I sense a descent toward statism, and I can do nothing to stop it. So that is why I both love and hate this book.

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The Daily Fig

Excellent
Reviewed by Emily Weaver on May 04 2011

This book is worth the excitement surrounding it, and will hopefully bring more than a few of its readers to take a look around and realize that maybe we aren’t all meant to be put into categories after all.

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http://childrensbooks.about.com

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Kendall on Mar 25 2015

This book in one of my new favorites and I’m constantly recommending it to teens. It‘s full of adventure, romance, and it makes you think.

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TATAL

Good
Reviewed by Nico on Sep 09 2013

What surprised me about this book was the rapid fire changes in pace, not to give anything away, but large parts of the book seem to swing between romance subplot and violent action.

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Break Point

Above average
Reviewed by Sherry Early on Jul 07 2011

The book is not quite as violent as the Hunger Games trilogy, but still fairly high on the action/adventure/mayhem scale. And the romantic subplot is fun, and certainly tame enough...

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Vampire Book Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Chelsea on May 09 2011

Divergent gives us shining moments of strong character and will and showcases the link between bravery and selflessness. It will shock you with betrayals no one could see coming, and it will balance it with raw vulnerability and love.

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The Book Smugglers

Above average
Reviewed by Thea on Mar 25 2015

While there’s no doubt that Divergent is a quick, immersive read, at the same time, the very potato-chip nature of the book is also telling. Though entertaining, this book does not provoke, incite, or demand a closer look at society – unlike, say The Giver, or Ship Breaker, or Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking books.

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Fantasy Faction

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Riegel on Aug 16 2012

I am very interested to see where this series progresses. Veronica Roth has constructed a very believable dystopian-futuristic novel, and it shakes you to the core.

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http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com

Good
on Mar 25 2015

...I had to set this down while at work, and my fingers itched so bad to read it, that I read under the desk. I know, I know, that’s not the most brilliant thing to do, but AH, I could not set it down and had to see if Tris would make it to the next stage.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Reads Too Much on Jul 15 2013

This book was so much better than I expected! Action packed, suspenseful, with a good amount of sweetness that hooked me in pretty quickly.

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Women 24

Above average
on Mar 24 2015

She stands up for what she believes in and she fights for herself. Then there's the enigmatic Four. The male counterpart to Tris. You can't help but love and hate him all at the same time.

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The Book Stop

Above average
Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Oct 07 2013

I do feel like this book steals a fair amount from books like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, but it does have a pretty unique take on dystopian fiction.

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http://roofbeamreader.com

Good
Reviewed by Roof Beam Reader on Jul 09 2013

This is a simple, age-old theme that dates back to the beginning of storytelling, but in Roth’s hands it feels new and exciting again. Divergent, despite some faults, was a page-turner, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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SamDowning.com

Below average
on Mar 25 2015

Those faults aside, Divergent isn’t too bad, I guess...Tris is an appealing protagonist, even though she does a bit too much of that YA heroine thing where she moans about how ugly and useless she is while being pursued by half the male characters and outdoing her peers at every challenge.

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Winged Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Daphne on Sep 23 2013

I loved Veronica Roth’s writing style. It was easy to read and straight to the point. I loved how she came up with a world like that, how she made every reader imagine all the things written in her book and the words she used were just perfect!

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Chasing Empty Pavements

Excellent
Reviewed by Jade Eby on Feb 25 2013

The thing about Tris that I loved is that feels more like a run-of-the-mill turned bad-ass character. She's not immune to some failure and she's not perfect. But she has heart. And courage. And bravery. She's Dauntless. This was an incredible novel, very fast-paced and riveting.

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http://buffalorising.com

Good
Reviewed by Peggy Errington on Dec 11 2011

This is the first book in a projected trilogy and readers hooked by the relentless pacing and suspense will eagerly anticipate the second installment.

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Review from Here

Excellent
Reviewed by Admin on Jul 15 2012

I rarely give a book 5 stars but this one gets it. I would pick it up and read it again, and would certainly recommend it to anyone that loves books.

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