In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Summary Via Veronica Roth’s Blog

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up”
  • “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
  • “Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
  • “Maybe I’m already sure, “ he says, “and I just don’t want to frighten you.”  I laugh a little.  “Then you should know better.”  “Fine,” he says.  “Then I love you.”

Fun Facts:

  • The first draft of Divergent was about 56,000 words while the final draft ended at about 105,000 words.
  • Veronica has many factors that played part in her writing Divergent. Check out what she had to say on her blog about her Divergent inspiration.
  • Divergent was released on May 4th, 2011.