The novel is the first of the Divergent trilogy , a series of young adult dystopian novels set in a Divergent Universe.
Underlying the action and dystopian focused main plot is a romantic subplot between Tris and one of her instructors in the Dauntless faction, nicknamed Four. The novel has been compared to other young adult books such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner because of its similar themes and target audience. In particular, the novel explores the themes common to young adult fiction, such as adult authority and the transition from childhood to maturity, as well as such broader motifs as the place of violence and social structures within a post-apocalyptic society.
Its major plot device , the division of society into personality types, is one used in other science fiction works.
Beyond its literary context, Roth's open declaration of her religion as a Christian has brought commentary from Christian communities both endorsing and challenging the novel.
Roth wrote Divergent while working on a Creative Writing degree at Northwestern University , and it was quickly purchased for publication alongside the subsequent books in the trilogy completed in October The novel is Veronica Roth's debut novel and was published a little over a year after Roth graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Creative Writing program at Northwestern University.
Four years later, she decided to pick up the novel from a different point of view. Roth wrote the series from Beatrice's point of view.
The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. Roth indicated that she did not originally intend to use Chicago as the setting:. I wrote the rough draft and I felt like it needed a more grounded sense of place, and I looked at the city I had described, which is all these trains constantly moving, and this lake marsh, and these rivers.
And I realized that it was Chicago already, and it was just because that's the city I've known and loved the longest.
In post-apocalyptic Chicago though this is not revealed until Allegiant , survivors are divided into five factions : Abnegation , the selfless; Amity , the peaceful; Candor , the honest; Dauntless , the brave; and Erudite , the intelligent. All sixteen-year-olds are tested to determine which faction they are best suited for, but select their own faction at the Choosing Ceremony.
Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior feels she does not belong in her Abnegation family. Agonizing over her future, Beatrice decides to leave Abnegation and join Dauntless.
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Her brother Caleb chooses Erudite. The new Dauntless initiates jump onto a moving train to Dauntless headquarters, and are instructed to jump onto the roof. Most make it, but one initiate falls to her death, and another is too afraid to jump.
They are then ordered to jump into the compound entrance; Beatrice jumps first.
Reaching the bottom, she tells the instructor Four that her name is Tris. Four explains that, unlike the other factions, who accept all successful initiates, only the top ten Dauntless initiates will stay while the rest become Factionless. Tris befriends several fellow initiates like Christina, Will and Al, but comes into conflict with others like Peter, Drew and Molly.
In the first stage of initiation, they are trained in guns, knives and hand-to-hand combat.
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Despite her lack of physical strength, Tris finishes in sixth place. A relationship emerges between Tris and Four, and Tris is pummeled by Peter in a fight.
After the Stage 1 rankings are announced, the second-place Peter stabs first-place Edward in the eye. Edward leaves to become Factionless, followed by his girlfriend Myra.
This allows Peter to take Edward's place as the first-place initiate. Erudite stirs dissent against the city's Abnegation leadership and accuses their leader Marcus of abusing his son. The rumors are fueled by the fact that Marcus' son, as well as Tris and Caleb, all left Abnegation, which is also alleged to be hoarding supplies.
The initiates enter Stage 2, facing hallucinations based on their deepest fears.
Tris' Divergent abilities give her an advantage and earn her the top rank. Peter, Drew, and Al attack Tris, threatening sexual assault and nearly throwing her to her death, but Four intervenes. Tris and Four grow closer, and he lets her into his own fear landscape; she discovers he has only four fears, hence his nickname. In Four's final fear, Tris also learns that he is Marcus' son Tobias, and the claims of abuse were true.
Four uncovers Erudite's plans to use Dauntless to stage an attack on Abnegation. Tris overcomes her fear landscape, and the Dauntless initiates are injected with a "tracking" serum.
Tris shares her feelings for Tobias, and is ranked first at the initiation ceremony. The serum transforms the Dauntless into hypnotized soldiers to attack Abnegation.
Tris and Tobias' Divergent abilities allow them to remain uneffected by the serum and escape to the Abnegation compound. Tris is shot and they are captured. Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews, mastermind of the attack, injects Tobias with an experimental serum that overrides his Divergence. Under Jeanine's control, Tobias oversees the attack from the Dauntless control room.
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Tris is almost drowned in a tank, but is rescued by her mother, who reveals she is also Divergent before she is killed whilst helping Tris escape. Tris is forced to kill Will, who attacks her under the influence of the simulation.
She finds her and Tobias' fathers, explaining the truth behind the attack. They fight their way to Dauntless headquarters, where Tris' father sacrifices himself. Tris is attacked by the mind-controlled Tobias; unable to kill him, Tris surrenders, causing Tobias to break free of the serum's control.
They shut down the Erudite simulation and free the Dauntless. They rejoin the initiates, and board a train to the Amity sector to find the Abnegation survivors. Many reviewers stated that the novel's writing style offers a distinctive, terse prose that creates a fast-paced reading experience.
Susan Dominus, writing in The New York Times described the style as "brisk pacing, lavish flights of imagination and writing that occasionally startles with fine detail". As in other children's and young adult fiction , the novel probes placement of authority and identity within the youth's relationship to parents and other social forces.
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Critic Antero Garcia describes the thematic similarity between these dystopian novels as an interest in the "grasp of power between youth and adult authority" and compared the novel to Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
Government division of its population into fragmented communities is a frequent device in young adult YA and children's fiction. Divergent adds a new layer of complexity with its creation of an illusion of democracy for participants in its fractioned society, with the factions controlled by outside forces. The basis of the social structure in Divergent is that each faction fulfils a role in society.
If one cannot contribute to society, they are cast aside to become "factionless" and are deprived of access to an identity and resources. In a journal article, Andrea Burgos-Mascarell compares the factionless to illegal immigrants, as they do not have access to certain public services either.
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Both are marginalised from society because they are unable to contribute to it. Some reviews criticize the lack of depth and realism of the social structures within the novel. Kirkus Reviews called the social structure a "preposterous premise". Social structure most affects the novel's themes by socially dividing different knowledge types that characters can access.
In her book chapter exploring how literacy in different knowledge types affects the series, Alice Curry describes the factions, and character indoctrination in those factions, as deliberately creating knowledge gaps between initiates to different factions. The Publishers Weekly review emphasized this stylistic choice, calling it "edgy" and describing the initiation rituals that Tris endures "as spellbinding as they are violent [requiring] sadistic tests of strength and courage".
Here, somehow, the novel's flights from reality distance the reader from the emotional impact that might come in a more affecting realistic or even fantasy novel. When describing her inspiration for the Dauntless training their initiates through exposing them to their fears, Roth, in an interview for the website "PopSugar", says, though influenced by many sources, the most important was her "Psych my first year of college [where] I learned about exposure therapy, which is when they treat people with fear, like for anxiety.
It exposes them repeatedly to what they're afraid of, and gradually you become less afraid of it, or have a healthy level of fear, and I thought of the Dauntless then, because they're conditioning perfectly normal people to get over perfectly rational fears. Though the novel does not maintain an overtly Christian thematic interest, some readers place the novel's themes within this context because of Roth's professed religiosity. In the postscript "Acknowledgements", Roth emphasizes her Christian faith saying "Thank you, God, for your Son and for blessing me beyond comprehension.
Hoyle also acknowledges that the novel would have a "Christian message", when reviewing it for the Evangelical book review organization The Gospel Coalition. Reviewers outside the Christian community have also noticed the Christian context of the novel. In a review of the book and first movie, David Edelstein observed the book's treatment of intellectuals as following a tendency in Christian culture to question genetic modification and majority : the intellectual Erudite faction are largely depicted as control-hungry villains pitted against the Abnegation faction, who are depicted as righteous and merciful.
Divergent has received mostly positive reviews.
In a review in The New York Times , Susan Dominus wrote that it was "rich in plot and imaginative details", but also that, compared to other such books in the same genre as the Hunger Games trilogy, it did "not exactly distinguish itself". Summit Entertainment bought the rights to film an adaptation of the novel in Shailene Woodley was chosen to star as Beatrice "Tris" Prior.
Filming began in Chicago on April 16, , and concluded on July 16, , with nearly all filming taking place in Chicago. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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