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Publisher's Note:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to…


by Veronica Roth

Overall Book Review:

Fans of the Hunger Games and Matched series, this book is for you! Divergent is the first novel in this dystoian young adult series and is narrated by sixteen year-old Tris. Tris is an unlikely heroine, but she quickly rises to the occasion when her futuristic world is put into danger. Divergent is an easy, fast-paced read with a myraid of unexpected twists and turns. There’s action, romance, sci-fi, late night rendezvous and deadly secrets. I found Divergent’s five faction world puzzling, yet intriguing and I hope later books in the series offer more answers and explanation. Divergent is a perfect summer read for teenagers and adults.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 10 religious exclamations; 7 mild obscenities

Violence/Gore: A character slaps another character; characters are engaged in specialized training so they fight each other and receive non-life threatening injuries; a character shoots another in the foot; during a computer-generated simulation, a character must “shoot” others; a character is attacked by crows during another fantasy simulation; a character is kidnapped and her kidnappers attempt to kill her; a girl accidently falls from a train and dies without detail; a character commits suicide by jumping off a cliff; a character pierces another’s eye with a knife; during a computer-generated simulation, a character is forced to shoot family members and herself; an extended battle scene takes place where several characters are shot and killed. 

Sex/Nudity: Teenage characters hold hands, embrace, and kiss multiple times; a bully pulls a towel off a character who is getting out of the shower; during a computer-generated simulation, it is revealed that a character is afraid of intimacy; two teenagers engage in a mature discussion about intimacy, discussing the emotions involved, a character’s fear of it, whether they are virgins, and the decision to wait until they are ready. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Social, ethical, and familial conflict; death, suicide, war, seperation, murder, friendship, love, and loyalty

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A group of individuals smoke in one scene. A character gets intoxicated. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.