Parents' Guide to

Divergent, Book 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.

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age 13+

Based on 69 parent reviews

age 12+

Amazing book set in dystopian future!

Divergent is about 16 year old Tris living in a dystopian future. I read this book in high school and really liked it! When my 10 year old daughter asked to read, I said I would read it first. I didn’t remember anything too bad, I just wanted to make sure. But there was much more than I expected. I decided to wait a few years before letting my daughter read this book. Here’s my review: Violence: Initiation of Dauntless includes jumping off trains and one girl is holding on to the edge screaming for help so she doesn’t fall to her death (a little disturbing, not really a concern). There are also many fights for initiation. Peter and Tris fight, and it goes down pretty ugly, but not really described. Guys hang Tris over a railing assault her. Tris is forced to face her worst fears in a mental test. And towards the end, an important character is killed. As is Natalie. Language: Damn, hell, piss, ass, and sh*t are used. Drinking, drugs, and smoking: Tobias gets drunk. Consumerism: none. Sex: This is my main concern. It starts out okay, but the end is a little iffy. Tris and Tobias hold hands and kiss. A lot. One of Tris’s fears is about Tobias’s expectations for sex (pretty described). She has a panic attack about it. Other characters kiss.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
3 people found this helpful.
age 12+

My Current Favorite Book!

I love the characters and the story and read the whole series in a single week! My favorite character is Tris, and I enjoy her and Four's romance. Other people should know that there is a reasonable amount of violence and shooting, as well as talk of sex, but it wasn't anything overpowering of the main plot. Be warned that the series does not have a very happy ending (I cried and threw the book at the wall) but I still loved it. Five stars, definitely recommend to anyone who loves dystopian stories like me!
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (517 ):

Roth, who wrote the book as a college student, has earned a tremendous amount of first book buzz, and the hype is well-deserved. She uses some devices that fans of dystopian novels will recognize -- a compartmentalized society, a misfit protagonist, dangerous secrets, and a cliffhanger ending -- but still manages to create an unstoppable plot that's remarkably original. Tris is a refreshingly smart and self-possessed 16-year-old protagonist, and readers will fall in love with her leading man right along with her. But the romance, while as swoon-worthy and fluttery as you'd expect from a teen novel, is actually secondary to the book's deep messages about identity and controlling societies. This is an impressive and provoking start to what should be a fascinating series.

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