DivergentDivergent (Divergent, #1)

by Veronica Roth

YA – 496 pages exploring a dystopian society – will you find your faction?

At 16 Beatrice must select the faction where she will spend the rest of her life.  She has taken the test, been given her results and now must look deep within herself to make her selection at the Choosing Ceremony.  Having grown up in the gray, selfless faction of Abnigation, Beatrice knows she is not naturally selfless – at least not like her brother.  Where does she fit?  She can stay in her home faction and be with her family, but after 16 years of working to be selfless she feels she is not enough for that choice.  She knows she does not fit with the truthful Candor; she is able to cover up too many truths.  She does not belong with the Amnity; caring and kindness do not guide her life.  She is not a better-than-all, intelligent Erudite.  Her remaining choice is Dauntless.  Is she brave enough to risk all to protect others? Beatrice  has to decide what she believes, what kind of person she is and where to shed her blood.  When the blade is passed into her hand she slices her palm and puts it above the bowl of her choice- the place where she will live the rest of her life.  With her selection, Tris comes face to face with the realities of living an honest, purposeful life where bravery and intelligent choices become the most compassionate, selfless acts of all.

What does it mean to live well?

What faction would give you purpose?

How would you choose to live?

Read more about author, Veronica Roth and how she created the world and characters in Divergent in this GoodReads interview.  How is it that we are the people we become?  How aware are we of the choices we make and of the consequences of the life we choose to lead?  It certainly makes you think.

2 thoughts on “Divergent

  1. Yay! A challenging read for at 5th grader – but exciting to know they are giving it a try. I agree with her description. I began reading the second, Insurgent, last night and I am totally sucked in. Put it on your list…it’s though provoking to say the least. (Great writing too – masterful scene of action, succinct and well crafted.) Enjoy them/it soon.

  2. A 5th grader told me about this book today…actually she came into the lab wanting to keep reading it as she could not bring herself to put it down! From her description it sounded like a bit of “The Giver” mixed with a dash of “The Hunger Games”. Where did i turn to find out more? Why, here of course! Thanks for the review it is now most certainly on my “to read” list…

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