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Divergent is a dystopian young adult novel, the first in a series of three.
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Divergent starts with Beatrice Prior, who resides in Chicago, but it is very different than what we are used to. The city is split into factions, who have next to no interaction with one another. Beatrice resides with her family in Abnegation, the selfless faction. One day when she is sixteen, she must choose whether she wants to change factions or remain in Abnegation. She is not very selfless and is torn between staying with her family, which is expected of her, or leaving to Dauntless, the brave.

On the day of the test, Beatrice performs strangely. She is informed in secrecy that she is Divergent, which is very dangerous. She is confused, and during the ceremony, chooses Dauntless. Her brother also chooses to leave their faction for Erudite, the knowledgeable, which shocks and upsets their parents.

Beatrice renames herself as Tris and quickly makes allies in Dauntless. She is underestimated, but starts proving herself quickly in the initiation process, during which some of the initiates will be excluded and left factionless, or even die. There are many people in her way, but because she is Divergent, Tris excels in the tests. However, she must keep this hidden.

She also meets another boy, Four, who is revealed to be from the same faction originally. He was supposedly tormented by his father and decided to leave.

As the initation process draws to a close, all of the Dauntless are injected with a serum. Tris watches helplessly as the serum turns all of her friends into killing machines, soldiers. The serum has no effect on her or Four as they are both Divergent. This is a plot by the Erudite, using the Dauntless, to overthrow the government in Abnegation and suddenly, Tris is in the middle of a war.
Best part of story, including ending: I loved the action packed last pages.

Best scene in story: I liked Tris and Four getting to know each other better and exhanging stories.

Opinion about the main character: I loved Tris because she was strong, despite being considered weak by her peers.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 60% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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