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- Full Title: Divergent
- Where Written: Chicago, Illinois
- When Published: April 25, 2011
- Literary Period: The young adult “boom” of the 2000s
- Genre: Young adult fiction, science fiction
- Setting: Futuristic Chicago / “the city”
- Climax: Beatrice convinces Tobias not to shoot her
- Point of View: First person (Beatrice Prior), present-tense
Best break ever: Veronica Roth wrote the first draft of Divergent in less than a month. This would be impressive in any case, but it’s especially so considering that the month in question was Veronica’s winter break during her senior year of college. That’s right—at the same time that her classmates were binge-watching Netflix, Roth was writing the book that would make her a millionaire.
Choices, choices: Veronica Roth has an unusual family background. Her grandparents were raised Jewish, but her parents rejected all religious labels, and didn’t raise their children to follow any organized religion. When Roth was in high school, she made a major change in her life by deciding to become a Christian. It’s possible to interpret Beatrice Prior’s decision to leave her parents’ community and join Dauntless as a science-fiction version of Roth’s decision to join the Christian church.