|One choice can destroy you.|
|Cover artist||Harper Collins Publishers 2012|
|Genre(s)||Science fiction/ dystopian fiction/ adventure|
|Publisher||Harper Collins Publishers|
- Beatrice Prior/Tris- The series' main protagonist. A born Abnegation that influenced her childhood willing to be selfless, Beatrice grew to be a child with traits that conflicted with her faction. Though she can be selfish at times, she is not above helping her loved ones and choosing to commit selfless things for them. She learns of being a Divergent during the Aptitude Tests, who among other things are people who can manipulate the simulations. She later joins Dauntless and changes her name to Tris. In the initiation that follows, Tris encounters numerous enemies who seek to break her down while at the same time she grapples her feelings for a fellow Dauntless who becomes an integral person in helping Tris to cope with her identity as a Divergent.
- Tobias Eaton/Four- A born Abnegation turned Dauntless, Tobias, or Four after becoming Dauntless, is the one responsible for his faction's initiation. Four is an eighteen-year old Dauntless who oversees the Dauntless initiates during Divergent. He meets Beatrice Prior, befriending her and later becoming her boyfriend. He helps her pass initiation while protecting her identity as Divergent.
- Peter- One of the main antagonists of the novel. Peter is a former Candor who transferred to Dauntless and became one of Tris' enemies. He is shown to be cruel, sadistic, antagonistic, ill-tempered, and easily jealous. He desires a status of being the top of the initiates, doing anything he can to achieve that standing. His greed for power is Peter's most discernible trait.
- Caleb Prior- The brother of Beatrice and son of Andrew and Natalie Prior. Though Caleb always seemed selfless and harbored no selfishness, he loved to read books and seek knowledge, eventually becoming an Erudite. Despite this, Caleb never forgot about his old faction, and chose to help his family during the rebellion in spite of his apparent betrayal to Abnegation.
- Natalie Prior- The mother of Beatrice and Caleb Prior. She is a selfless wife, always thinking about what's best for her family and everyone else. Natalie was born Dauntless but later turned to Abnegation to try to hide her Divergence from wary eyes.
- Andrew Prior- The father of Beatrice and Caleb Prior. He is an epitome of selflessness; always doing what's best for the people around him. Andrew becomes a council member effectively becoming an influential man in the city.
One choice can transform you- or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
After the attack on Abnegation, Amity is brought into the fray in a small way. They harbor Tris, Four, Caleb, Peter, Marcus, and other Abnegation refugees. Declaring that any factions may seek refuge there, as long as they maintain the peace. Tris overhears a conversation that has far-reaching consequences, with unknown amounts of truth as Marcus spews it. Dauntless is fractured, half of the members sided with Erudite (marked by a blue tie around their arms) while the other half remained loyal to Dauntless.
The Erudite and traitors arrive at Amity to search for the group and it’s pure chaos. Tris saves Peter’s life, and most split up in order to get away. Four, Tris, Caleb, and Susan hop onto the train but they’re not alone. They’re surrounded by factionless members, and taken to a factionless safe house. They learn that the factionless outnumber the factions, have many divergent people, and are planning to go to war with the Erudite.
Guilt weighs heavily on Tris throughout the novel, but is lessened a bit as the Candor inject her & Tobias with truth serum…only Tris can alter the outcome, she speaks the truth. Tensions rise between Tobias and Tris as she continually rushes into dangerous situations without forethought or planning. He’s afraid that she will die, and that’s the fear that has replaced his father in the fear landscape.
Fationless and Dauntless ally to destroy Erudite, Tris was not in favor of this but Four pressed forward without listening to her.. In the night, Tris is taken up to the roof of the Dauntless compound. There stands three Dauntless members, prepared to jump. Suddenly there’s a message, that this will happen every night until a single Divergent gives themselves over to Erudite.
Tris cannot allow this, she promises Four she won’t go, but she must. She endures weeks of torture, and is prepared to be executed until she sees those blue eyes, it’s Four he won’t live without her. She finds there’s a plan to rescue her in two weeks but Peter arrives shortly and they’ve changed the execution date. Resigned to her fate, alas Tris does not die, they escape from Erudite compound and find themselves back at Abnegation in Four’s family home.
Finally she must choose a route to take, Destroy Erudite, and all it has to offer the world, or ally with Marcus in search of information that Erudite wanted to keep secret and thereby betraying Tobias.