Divergent by Veronica Roth

About the Book
Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publishing Date: May 3, 2011
Pages: 487

Goodreads Summary:
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 unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series--dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Beatrice "Tris" Prior: Tris is the main female protagonist and narrator of Divergent. She is 16 years old and was born into the Abnegation faction, but when it comes to choosing which faction she would live in as an adult - she chose Dauntless. She is Divergent.

Tobias "Four" Eaton: Four is the main male protagonist of Divergent. He is 18 years old and was born into the Abnegation faction, but when he finds out that he is Divergent - he chooses to become a Dauntless. He did this in order to get away from his abusive father. He took on the name - Four - after he sets the record for least amount of fears in the Fear Landscape (4 fears).

Christina: Christina transferred from Candor to Dauntless in the beginning of Divergent. She becomes Tris' first friend during initiation and the two soon become best friends. She has a romantic relationship with Will.

Jeanine Matthews: Jeanine is the main representative for Erudite. She writes many negative articles about Abnegation in order to put doubts in the minds of the other factions about Abnegations "selflessness". She along with Eric started the Second war.

Marcus Eaton: Marcus is Fours' father and a council member of Abnegation.

Caleb Prior: Caleb is the older brother of Tris. He was born into the Abnegation faction, but when it came time to choose a faction he chose Erudite.

Peter: Peter transferred from Candor to Dauntless. He is known to be cruel and doesn't care who he has to cross in order to succeed.

Eric: Eric is a Dauntless leader and is a transfer from Erudite. He is 18 years old and is from the same initiative class as Four. He is incredibly cruel and violent. At the end of Divergent he is shown to have been the one helping Erudite in their plans to control the factions.

The story takes place in Chicago, Illinois - a dystopian version.

Where The Book Left Off
After the Dauntless initiation, Tris comes to the conclusion that the way Erudite will control Dauntless is through the serum that they've been injected with. (The serum does not work on Divergent) Dauntless then continues to travel to Abnegation where they kill government officials. Four and Tris immune to the serum and immediately try to prevent what's happening. Jeanine finds them and injects Four with a special serum that will put him under the same trance as the rest of Dauntless. Tris is then locked in a room where she is expected to drown. Her mother then rescues her and reveals that she is too in fact Divergent. Her mother then sacrifices her life so Tris will be able to reunite with the rest of her family. Caleb has rejoined them after studying the serum (because he's from Erudite) and learning what Jeanine's plans were.

As they make their way to Dauntless headquarters - Tris comes across Peter who was not injected with the serum. The two fight, but ultimately come to a semi-compromise because Tris needs Peter for information on the computers and Peter doesn't want to die. Her father then sacrifices his life, so Tris will be able to succeed. Upon entering the control room, Four attacks Tris - but he is able to wake himself up from the serum. They then shut down the system and continue to jump a train to Amity.  

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