Divergent

By Veronica Roth, Nicolas Delort (photographer),

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The explosive debut by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth.

DIVERGENT - a major motion picture series.

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…


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7 authors picked Divergent as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

One of my favorite sci-fi novels is Divergent. Her exploration into phobias and the depth of the futuristic world she created was fascinating to read about. I have said in the past if readers like Divergent, they would like my book. I definitely found some inspiration in this classic sci-fi. It is absolutely worth the read.

The faction system in the book, and series, is brilliant and I think most people would find their place and live quite comfortably. I identified as a Divergent and I believe it represents a number of creatives and intuitives that are popping up in society today. Though this book is a few years old, it has never been more relevant. Teens are changing the world by insisting on inclusion, diversity, and adaptability. They are so fluid and open; the older generations should really wake up and pay attention. There are millions of Triss Priors out there!

From Marie-Hélène's list on YA SFF about utopian societies.

Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel takes place in a futuristic Chicago divided into five societal factions. While it is an alternate reality in Chicago, the Windy City is not a backdrop to Roth’s trilogy, but a living, vital part of the story. As Tris Prior navigates how she fits into the world, a new Chicago comes to life. The five factions meet at The Hub (Willis Tower), characters routinely hitch rides on the L, and scenes unfold at dystopic versions of Navy Pier, the Hancock Building, and The Bean. The Midwest’s biggest city is so infused throughout Divergent, that the…

I love strong female protagonists and Tris doesn’t disappoint. I love when she does the same physically demanding stunts the guys do without batting an eye. What a tough cookie! I didn’t mind the romance, but that’s not really my thing. The story was intriguing enough to make me wonder what had happened to create this world, and I was always rooting for Tris to find out answers to the questions she had.

Divergent is Book 1 of a trilogy. All books are gripping to the end and it's a masterpiece of storytelling. At 16, our heroine Tris has to make a terrible choice, and yet again, I fell for her because she's sensitive, loyal, and brave. The forces ranged against Tris will overwhelm her, but fate throws her a random helping hand, as it so often does. This book is about keeping going and battling through when the future seems hopeless and also about finding your friends and allies, the people who'll stand by you when the going gets rough. It's about…

From Fiona's list on keeping people you love close.

My heart carries an insatiable craving for dystopian stories with a surprise twist, buried among the sparkling darkness within. Divergent ticked all the right boxes here. In this world created by Veronica Roth, there were questions layered upon questions, and it was a crazy ride, trying to predict what might happen next. Despite the harsh environment, our protagonist, Tris, was determined to prove herself. I grew attached to her mettle quickly, just as I was drawn in by her tough and mysterious instructor, Four.

One of the things I love about dystopian stories is that they allow us to consider the human condition and our own nature without feeling attacked in the process. The concept of a society divided into five factions was intriguing. I am a non-conformist, which my wife calls my excuse to be obnoxious, which is completely fair. So having a character who was basically an unlikely hero because they didn’t fit into the factional boxes of a society was like the anthem of my heart. I think the world needs fewer boxes and more of an understanding that we are…

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