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The explosive debut by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth. DIVERGENT – a major motion picture in 2014. In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent). Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice Prior, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is. Her choice shocks everyone, including herself. During the initiation that follows, Tris and her fellow initiates undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends really are – and where the boy who seems to both threaten and protect her fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, kept hidden because she's been warned it can mean death. As unrest and growing conflict threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris learns that this secret might save those she loves… or it might destroy her. Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the scene with the first book in the Divergent trilogy – dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences and unexpected romance.
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  First published in hardback in the USA by HarperCollins Publishers Inc in 2011First published in paperback in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2011This edition published in 2013HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 8JB www.harpercollins.co.uk DivergentCopyright © 2011 by Veronica Roth All rights reserved.ISBN: 978-0-00-753672-6Printed and bound in England by Clays Ltd, St Ives plcTypography by Joel Tippie Veronica Roth asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of the work.Conditions of SaleThis book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form, binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. FSC is a non-profit international organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations, and other controlled sources.Find out more about HarperCollins and the environment at www.harpercollins.co.uk/green ™ ™ ™  To my mother,who gave me the moment when Beatrice realizes how strong her mother is and wonders how she missed it for so long 
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