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Divergent (Divergent, #1)

by Veronica Roth

Rated: Mild

Veronica Roth’s debut novel Divergent will capture the attention of teenagers from the very beginning. Divergent follows the story of Beatrice Prior, who lives in dystopian Chicago. Beatrice is turning 16, meaning she is about to choose one of five factions to join for life. She’s lived in the Abnegation faction her entire life, but has never felt that she was selfless enough to stay.

When it’s time to choose, much to the surprise of herself and her family, she chooses Dauntless, the faction of courage. She leaves her family and everything she’s ever known behind and renames herself Tris in the intense initiation that follows. The odds of surviving the initiation and becoming a member of Dauntless is slim, but for Tris failure isn’t an option.

But in the initiation, the secret Tris has been keeping is getting harder and harder to conceal. If she’s discovered, she’ll be killed. But with the growing conflict around her, Tris will have to decide if keeping her secret is worth watching loved ones die, or if she’s willing to place herself in harm’s way to help them.

Divergent is an entertaining, suspenseful and compelling novel that will have readers mesmerized from the very first page. Roth has masterfully crafted characters that are multidimensional and a dystopian world that will leave readers wanting to know more. With Roth’s incredible writing style, her masterfully crafted world and her fast-moving plot, it’s easy to see why Roth’s novel has met such immediate success.

Divergent is the first installment in a trilogy. The much anticipated sequel, Insurgent, will be released in 2012.

Rated: Mild. This novel doesn’t use any profanities and doesn’t contain any references to sex. The only concern is violence. The novel centers on Tris’ training to be a fighter, so violence is a central part of the novel. However, the references aren’t graphic and are mild at best. Overall, this novel is a clean read.

— Reviewed by Danica Page

Danica Page is an avid reader, freelance journalist, college student, and book blogger at Taking it One Page at a Time. Danica can always be found writing, usually about a book, or with her nose in a good book.

6 Responses to Divergent (Divergent, #1)

  1. Luisa Perkes says:

    Minutes ago, I just finished this book, so it’s pretty fresh. What an amazing book! I loved it. However, I would mention that there are several sexual references in the book relating to the main characters inexperience with intimacy, yet longing for it. And there is also a scene of sexual molestation.

  2. Carolyn says:

    I just finished reading this book as a preview for my 12 yr. old. I absolutely agree that there were sexual references and a molestation. While the language is better than anything they hear at school, there is some mild profanity.

  3. Tiffanie says:

    Just finished the book in a day! Previewing the book for a 6th grade classroom. It was a great book, but does mildly mention intimacy and mentions the word sex twice. I do not remember any other profanity. The violence in the book is mild in comparison to the Hunger Games and Maze Runner Series. I would not say there was sexual molestation in the book which occurs usually between a child under 18 and an adult. Rather a sexual assault against the main character. It is a scene where her own peers are trying to kill her and one of them gropes her breast making rude comments about being under developed.

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  • Divergent (Divergent, #1)
  • by Veronica Roth
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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