Divergent is the first novel made by Veronica Roth, an American author. The novel is the story of a dystopian society which divides its citizens into five factions – Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Erudite, and Amity. The faction of a person is determined based on an aptitude exam taken when one reaches the age of 16. The five factions are based on virtues: the Abnegation values selflessness, Candor values honesty, Dauntless values bravery, Erudite values knowledge, and Amity values peace. Those who fail to get into the factions’ initiation end up being factionless, or those who are basically homeless and poor.
The novel is written in the perspective of Beatrice Prior, an abnegation-born girl who has one brother named Caleb. Beatrice is determined to be a Divergent – one who has no specific virtue that dominates her – and the examiner said she is fit for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. In the choosing ceremony, she chooses Dauntless, where she eventually becomes known as Tris. Here she meets her instructor, Four, and several other co-initiates. She becomes close to some of her fellow initiates (Al, Christina, and Will), and eventually develops an intimate relationship with Four, who turns out to be the Abnegation-born Tobias Eaton, son of Marcus Eaton, an Abnegation political leader. After they pass the third stage of the initiation process, the entire Dauntless compound become sleep-walking soldiers caused by a serum injected to them. This forces them to follow commands from Jeanine Matthews, a leader of Erudite. That night, the Dauntless killed Abnegation leaders and citizens, but Tris and Four are able to resist the serum because of their divergence, and together, they are able to stop the simulation that controls the Dauntless. Tris’ parents dies in combat. When the killings are over, Tris, Four, and some members of the Abnegation go to Amity to seek temporary shelter while they are plotting their next moves for the “traitor” Dauntless.
Divergent is followed by two other books – Insurgent and Allegiant. The books are available in audiobook format, allowing readers to appreciate the story more by hearing the lines firsthand from the characters.