In mid-2011, I saw Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT blanketed across the blogosphere, which, as usual, caught my attention, but did not send me running to read the book. I know there are YA-dedicated book blogs out there, and they had it covered. Even when it started appearing on "Best Of 2011" lists I had my doubts. Still, curiosity got the better of me when I caught wind of the Faction leaders like The Story Siren (my go-to gal for all things YA), popping up as the ARCs of INSURGENT (the 2nd book in the series) were being delivered.
It was time I read DIVERGENT.
Holy. Cow. This is a great book!
Here is the premise: Imagine a dystopian Chicago where society is broken up into five factions. Each faction is known by its members' dominant traits - honesty, intelligence, peacefulness, courage, and selflessness. Regardless of the faction in which a child is born, when they turn 16, they are given an aptitude test to determine which faction they will live. Usually, through nature or nurture, children don't usually test out of their own factions, but it's ultimately up to them to decide where they want to go. It is up to them to choose to leave their families and everything they know for another faction to which they are more suited. Sometimes, in a rare case, there is a 16 year old that has traits in more than one faction - these people are considered DIVERGENT - and dangerous.
Even though Beatrice (Tris) was born in Abegnation (selfless), and she wants to be a Dauntless (courage), her aptitude test might tell her something very different.
Her relationships with her fellow initiates, her trainer, and her family are the heart of this book, but my favorite part was that for a skinny little girl who was raised to be meek and blend in, Tris finds her inner strength and turns into one of my favorite kick-ass girls in all of YA Lit!
If you're wondering what to read after The Hunger Games, pick up DIVERGENT. Seriously. Go now.
In the meantime, I'm going to try and get my hands on an early copy of INSURGENT (due May 1, 2012)
Veronica Roth webpage, blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, HarperTeen
Divergent Series on Facebook
About the Book:
(also available in paperback!)
Veronica Roth is a twenty-two-year-old debut author and a recent graduate of Northwestern University's creative writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Chicago
*Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.
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