What Is the Book "Divergent" About?

Divergent is a young adult dystopian fiction book focusing on the separation of classes. The book explores a teen-age girl's struggle to transition from childhood to an adult while going against family expectations. It also features a romantic subplot between the main character and her mentor.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, society has been divided into factions based on quality traits. The main character, Tris, has been raised in the faction of Abnegation, a group of people devoted to being selfless, but she feels deep ties to other factions as well. During an aptitude test she exhibits character traits for Erudite, people devoted to intellectual studies, and Dauntless, people known for being fearless. She showed minor affiliation to the factions Candor and Amnity, known for their truth and kindness respectively.

On choosing day, Tris chooses Dauntless over the Abnegation faction of her family. From there she must learn to navigate a world that is terrifying and enthralling at the same time. She becomes close with a group of initiates and with the help of her friends, her mentor and her Abnegation and Erudite traits excels within Dauntless and uncovers a ruthless plot that pits factions against each other.

Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, is the first in a trilogy, and has been made into a major feature film.