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The Divergent Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series

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The first companion guide to the blockbuster bestselling Divergent trilogy—soon to be a major motion picture

Written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Twilight Companion and The Hunger Games Companion, the book takes fans deeper into the post-apocalyptic world created by Veronica Roth—a dystopian Chicago in which humanity has organized itself into five faction
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 4th 2014)
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Bianca
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, books-i-own
3.5/5 stars

This book is quite an interesting companion to the Divergent series. However, it's nothing like I thought it would be. For any Divergent fans wondering, this has very little to do with the actual story and characters of the story, as one might be deceived to think. Instead, this book provides a lot of scientific explanations on the possibilities of the Divergent world becoming a real place and the correlations between it, our society and other dystopian/utopian books.

As someone in th
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Jen
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I'll admit, I got excited when I was offered to review this book for two reasons, 1) DIVERGENT is still one of my all-time favorite books despite the fact that I hated the ending of the series, and 2) I was expecting a book filled with lots of glossy pictures of this guy...

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Wrong companion book.

But that's okay, because this one is really good too!

It's well written, informative and loaded with interesting facts ev
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Sara Campbell
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is not an easy read. It's essentially the equivalent of college-level Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Philosophy, and Neuroscience classes packed into 170 pages. Luckily, it was easier for me to understand as I am a Psychology major so I learned about many of the things discussed in this book in my college classes. Even so, it was still difficult to understand some of the science in this book. I feel like sometimes the author went way too far into the science behind the ideas ...more
Michelle Edwards
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Description on Amazon:

"The Divergent Companion includes fascinating background facts about the action in all three books—a revealing biography of the author, and amazing insights into the trilogy's major themes and features. It's everything fans have been hungering for since the very first book!"

This was not what I signed up for when I bought this book. It was not a guide to the series at all. It seemed to be an attempt for Ms. Gresh to look smart and show how much science she researched lo
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Daysheana
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have never read a companion book, so this was new. Being a big fan of the series I thought I would attempt to read it. I definitely expected something different. I was a fan of the quizzes and the short brief summaries of the characters
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I guess because I have never read a companion novel that I should not be such a harsh judge. It gave way to much detail on background things that were not very interesting. Specifics the equipment the erudite use to stop water from flowing. The quiz
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Grace the Book Queen
This book was kind of interesting, but that's about it. The author spends the majority of the book talking about different science terms and only spends a fraction of this book actually talking about how it applies to the Divergent series. If you understand different complicated sciences then I guess you can read this? But if you understand all that anyway, you probably don't need this book so.... just skip this.
Matthew Lewellyn
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Admittedly I was slightly dissapointed that this book didn’t indulge much into the characters. However I did read on anyways. There was a particular error which frustrated me saying that peter was from amity (he’s from candor). Other than those two things I found the book moderately enjoyable. A short quick and easy read. Not something to indulge yourself in but more as “huh. Fun facts.”
Morgan Williams
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I paired this text for when I taught Divergent to my 9th graders. I really enjoyed the research that went into making this book.
Marie Rose
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
yes i read this during my divergent phase. i have nothing else to say.
Stephanie
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Went way over my head, too much science in such a short book. Needed more separation between discussions.
Danni Green
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got this book from the library thinking it would offer more depth to my perspectives on the Divergent trilogy. In some ways, it did -- especially the last chapter on utopian vs. dystopian fiction. But the majority of this book is the author's attempt to use contemporary science to explain the science in the Divergent fictional world. It's an interesting thing to do, certainly; it just wasn't what was advertised.

One thing that really bugged me was that the author seemed to use the film world in
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Jennie
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-have
This was an extremely interesting read and great companion to the Divergent trilogy. It raises questions about Divergent that I never thought about before like the technical details. I loved finding out that Divergent is mostly scientifically accurate and in the future, a society like the one Veronica Roth created could very well exist. That's a little bit of a scary thought, considering that means the government will have multiple ways to manipulate people into submission. The book contained a ...more
Amber
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is for hardcore fans only. Or those who are really, REALLY interested in the science behind what happens throughout the series. While this book does have some very interesting points, it often veers away into long scientific explanations of how something works or how it applies to the real world. For some that may be fascinating but for me it started to get pretty boring and I found myself skipping through until the author got back to explaining how all this actually applies to the boo ...more
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
Okay, so first of all; you need quite a bit of knowledge about various scientific branches to understand this properly, so wouldn't recommend it for anyone who's not graduated from high school. Unless you're really into understanding various sociological, physical, biological and psychological thoughts :)
Personally I couldn't get through it as easily as I'd first thought because of the various science-y elements to it but it was still a very good book. Like reading an interesting course-book for
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Alwiyia
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is really nothing special. Wouldn't recommend, even for big fans of the series. I bought this when I was pretty obsessed with the series and because I was writing an essay about it and thought this could help. Never actually got around to reading it and that was two years ago.

The titles of the chapter seem interesting but the writing is pretty basic and doesn't really tell you much more than what you can already figure out by yourself from reading the series (this is just from reading
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Macie
Mar 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
I honestly didn't like this book
I am only 13 and this book used words suitable for 20 year olds
In this book , he puts down the faction system and actually confused me about the whole divergent series
I was looking forward to reading this book since I am a massive divergent fan but I was unable to read past page 50 and was confused throughout it all
I wouldn't recommend it to people under the age of 16 in my opinion
Paige
Mar 28, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2014
3.5 stars. This book was interesting enough and raised question about the trilogy that I'd never though about. However the explanation of the science behind the transmitters was hard to follow along and there were a few grammatical errors as well as false fact about the series. I also disagreed with some of the authors opinions. Overall it was interesting to read and I enjoyed the majority of it.
Terri Palermo
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, just-skimmed
Not what I was expecting...I wanted more like the Twilight companion books. This was okay but more along the lines of "what if"-ing this could happen in real life. Interesting, but not what I was looking for...
Rose Marie
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
not what I was expecting. was too much like being in science class or college. 95% education. 5% divergent. hoping the mortal instruments one is better. I don't think you can turn a fantasy series like that into pure logic.
Sophia W
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn’t actually finish it, but I have a feeling that I won’t get back to actually reading it in quite a while.
Lisa Berman
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Science behind the factions, serums and psychology of groups.
Kali
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read it yet because I can't figure out how to read the books on here. but I just found out about this app so can anyone help me?
Deborah Morgan
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-ya
Not what I was expecting. Gresh has written not a companion but a scientific explanation of the Divergent world.
Parlo Rosido
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is so shitty
I've just wasted my money buying this book

and what;s with the "The Amity-Born Peter"
He's from the CANDOR!

this book's a waste
jody avila
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Irma Rivera
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Jess Broman
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Dec 31, 2014
Ryan Pirez
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LOIS H. GRESH is the New York Times Bestselling Author (6 times) and USA Today Bestselling Author (thrillers) of 30 books and more than 65 short stories. Look for SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. CTHULHU #1: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS (Titan Books, April 2017), the first in a new trilogy of Sherlock Holmes thrillers from England's premier publisher of all things Holmes, with Random House distributi ...more