Divergent is the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences and unexpected romance.
Set in futuristic Chicago, citizens live in a society divided into five factions where residents have distinct beliefs, passions and loyalties. Residents must follow the laws and uphold the virtues of their faction: Abnegation, The Selfless; Amity, The Peaceful; Candor, The Honest; Dauntless, The Brave; and Erudite, The Intelligent.
At 16, each resident takes an aptitude test to determine which faction best matches their talents, skills and beliefs. With this information, the teens must decide whether to remain with their family or move to a new faction where people have similar values.
Told from the perspective of 16-year-old protagonist Beatrice Prior, the decision is made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly and does not fit into any single group. Forced to choose, she ultimately makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
When joining a faction, Beatrice must complete a highly competitive initiation process or face the possibility of being factionless, having no home and no sanctioned purpose in life.
During initiation, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they undergo extreme tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. Transformed by the initiation, Tris searches to discover her friends and figure out who she can trust.
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 realizes her secret might help save the lives of those she loves ... or it might destroy her.