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Divergent Book Summary

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Savannah Krull

on 16 January 2014

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Divergent Trailer
About the author:
Veronica Roth
Plot Overview
Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone at the society's choosing ceremony. At the ceremony, every 16 year old must choose one of the five factions based on their aptitude tests. Tris chooses to switch to dauntless from Abnegation. Tris and her new fellow dauntless-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to become an official dauntless member. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one factions, but instead three factions. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As the novel continues she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society. She also develops a romantic relationship wit her leader, Four. The novel ends with a large rebellion led by the Erudite. The plot continues over the next books of the series: Insurgent, and Allegiant.
Divergent takes place in a futuristic Chicago; however, it isn't until the final book within the trilogy that the city's name is revealed. Throughout the novel they reference Chicago's famous landmarks like the Hancock building, Michigan Ave, and the Navy Pier. In the novel the city is surrounded by a large, barbed wired fence, but few members of the society question the reasoning for the fence. The post-modern society has also been divided into five factions and has some communist aspects.
Divergent Book Report

Beatrice (Tris) Prior
Tris comes from Abnegation, a faction devoted entirely to selflessness. But Tris desires a better, more exciting life for herself and during Choosing Day she makes a difficult decision. Turning from her family and the only lifestyle she’s ever known, Tris makes a startling choice when she chooses Dauntless, the brave.
The five factions
Main Characters
Caleb Prior
Four (Tobias Eaton)
Jeanine Matthews
Caleb is the brother to Tris, son of Andrew and Natalie. Caleb once displayed himself as the true form of Abnegation. His transfer to Erudite shocked his entire family and almost caused Tris to back out of her decision for fear of destroying their family. Caleb is asked by Tris to investigate Jeanine.
Four is a very mysterious and dark character. He is eighteen years old and ranks first within the Dauntless’ trainers. At times he seems almost cruel and tyrnat-like. Tris quickly learns that Four is stronger than anyone she’s ever known and a romance begins between the two.
Christina is originally from Candor. Christina is Tris’ first and best friend throughout Dauntless initiation.
Eric is the primary antagonist; brutal, cruel, and murderous. Eric plans to take over as the Dauntless leader.
Jeanine is the leader of Erudite because of her very high IQ. Jeanine writes articles packed with lies about Abnegation simply because she hates that all members of the parliament come from Abnegation. Jeanine becomes a major player when she partners with Eric to develop a serum with the sole aim to destroy all of Abnegation.
Albert is a transfer from Candor, Albert is a weak boy with a hopeless crush on Tris.
Tori is the tattoo artist of the Dauntless compound. She is said to have transferred from Erudite into Dauntless with her brother. She administered and oversaw Tris’ aptitude test. Tori is also the one to tell Tris that she is Divergent.
Will is originally from Erudite, which makes him both strong and clever. He eventually develops a relationship with Christina.
Tattoos, piercings, black-clothed
: Courage, Bravery
: Prove your bravery, protect, guard the fence that surrounds the city (from what we do not know), face your fears and push them away.

: Dress in yellow and red.
Peacefulness, Kindness
Living in peace with one another, against aggression, kind, loving and free.

: Selflessness, protecting yourselves from vanity, greed, and envy, If you have little, and want for little, then you are all equal and envy no one.

Be selfless in every way.
Hides one’s beauty, gray clothes (gray robes, gray shirts, gray slacks), plain hairstyle), only adornment allowed is a watch, because it is practical.

Black suit with white tie is the standard uniform.

: Honesty and sees the truth as black and white, so that is what they wear.

Tell the truth in every situation.

Must wear at least one blue article of clothing, which causes the body to release calming chemicals.


: “A calm mind is a clear mind.” Constantly pursuing knowledge, keep careful records. Knowledge is power.

Veronica Roth is a twenty-two-year-old debut author and a recent graduate of Northwestern University's creative writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Chicago.
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