Divergent is a young adult science fiction novel by Veronica Roth. It was first published in 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books. It is the first novel in a trilogy of the same name, followed by Insurgent. It has been made into a movie, which was released on March 21, 2014.
Divergent is narrated by Beatrice Prior, a sixteen-year old girl who lives in a dystopian society where the people are split into five factions according to certain characteristics: Abnegation the selfless, Amity the peaceful, Candor the honest, Dauntless the brave, and Erudite the intelligent. Beatrice has an aptitude for multiple factions, a trait called Divergence.
Quotes from Divergent
- Faction customs dictate even idle behavior and supersede individual preference. I doubt all the Erudite want to study all the time, or that every Candor enjoys a lively debate, but they can't defy the norms of their factions any more than I can.
- p. 4
- The uniform pounding of feet in my ears and the homogeneity of the people around me makes me believe that I could choose this. I could be subsumed into Abnegation's hive mind, projecting always outward.
- p. 39
- I think it's important to protect people. To stand up for people. Like you did for me.
- p. 190, spoken by Al to Tris
- Every time I think about the word "Divergent", I hear Tori's warning—and now my mother's warning too. Don't tell anyone. Dangerous.
- I don't reward preying on the weak. That is cowardice.
- p. 197, spoken by Four
- The Dauntless-born initiates are like a pack of dogs. If I act the wrong way, they won't let me run with them.
- p. 211
- My heart beats so hard it hurts, and I can't scream and I can't breathe, but I also feel everything, every vein and every fiber, every bone and every nerve, all awake and buzzing in my body as if charged with electricity. I am pure adrenaline.
- p. 221
- I used to think the Dauntless were fearless. That is how they seemed, anyway. But maybe what I saw as fearless was actually fear under control.
- p. 239
- I sniff, wipe my face one more time, and smooth down my hair.
"Do I look like I've been crying?" I say.
"Hmm." He leans in close, narrowing his eyes like he's inspecting my face. A smile tugs at the corner of his mouth. Even closer, so we would be breathing the same air—if I could remember how to breathe.
"No, Tris," he says. A more serious look replaces his smile as he adds, "You look tough as nails."
- p. 241
- His straight eyebrows are drawn low over his eyes. My stomach writhes, partly because I know he makes a good point but I don't want to admit it, and partly because I want something I don't know how to express; I want to press against the space between us until it disappears.
"But please, when you see an opportunity…" He presses his hand to my cheek, cold and strong, and tilts my head up so I have to look at him. His eyes glint. They look almost predatory. "Ruin them."
I laugh shakily. "You're a little scary, Four."
"Do me a favor," he says, "and don't call me that."
"What should I call you, then?"
"Nothing." He takes his hand from my face. "Yet."
- p. 287
- Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined, I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me.
- But if I saw her, I wouldn't recognize her.
- p. 299-300
- Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up.
- p. 313, spoken by Four
- I will be my undoing
If I become my obsession.
- p. 35, Abnegation faction manifesto
- Dishonesty is a veil that shields one person from another.
- p. 40, Candor faction manifesto
- Intelligence is a gift, not a right. It must be wielded not as a weapon but as a tool for the betterment of others.
- p. 46, Erudite faction manifesto
- We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
- p. 47, Dauntless faction manifesto
- quoted by Will on p. 206 of main text
Quotes about Divergent
- “Divergent” clearly has thrills, but it also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety — the painful realization that coming into one’s own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically.
- Dominus, Susan (May 12, 2011). In This Dystopia, Teens Must Choose Wisely. The New York Times. Retrieved on October 27, 2013.
- Tris is not your usual Mary Sue. She’s selfish. She’s manipulative. She’s vindictive as hell – and I LOVED that about this book.
- James, Thea (June 15, 2011). Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. The Book Smugglers. Retrieved on October 26, 2013.
- Roth, Veronica (2011). Divergent (First paperback ed.). Katherine Tegen Books. ISBN 978-0-06-202403-9.