Beatrice Prior is about to leave her prior life behind. She loves her family and their tightly controlled life, but individuality and freedom are calling. In Beatrice’s dystopian Chicago, every 16-year-old must choose their “faction” and devote themselves to that group for the rest of their lives. The factions, which correspond to specific characteristics, work to encourage specific virtues: Candor (chosen by the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent). When the time comes for Tris (as Beatrice renames herself) to pick her faction, she opts for adventure over predictability. That decision calls everything into question, from who her family really is to what lurks behind the facade of this new, allegedly perfect society—and why being labeled “divergent” must be kept hidden at all costs.

With Divergent, debut author Veronica Roth has created a startling future world on the verge of war. The adventures Tris goes on with the members of the Dauntless faction are breathtaking in their danger, and the dizzying heights and terrors leap right off the page. Her relationships are fraught with worry; since everyone is jockeying for inclusion and not everyone will make it, who can she really trust? You'll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel. And good news—it’s the first book of a planned trilogy.

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