Genre: Dystopian
Series: Divergent #1
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If Orson Scott Card was female and Ender Wiggin was a teenage girl, he would be Beatrice Prior. This dystopian YA hit so hard I think I have a bruise. Never since The Hunger Games have I been so overtaken by a dystopian and I’ve read some good ones recently. Veronica Roth slams you with intensity of emotion, hard-hitting action, overwhelming odds and such an amazing story that I literally couldn’t put this book down. Divergent lives up to the hype. No question. Give me some more Ms. Roth, please!

Setting: Chicago, distant future. The world is in crumbles and what remains of Chicago seems to be all that is left, at least for the residents that are hidden behind a fence along what remains of Lake Michigan. To battle the nature of mankind the people have split into factions. ABNEGATION, the selfless, those that think selfishness was the reason for man destructive behavior. DAUNTLESS, the courageous and undaunted, they believe fear led to the destruction of mankind. ERUDITE, the brains, they put knowledge above all and believe ignorance was humankind’s main flaw. CANDOR, the truth will set you free in Candor. They speak the truth always, secrets and lies are their greatest fear. AMNITY, the kind, the friends of all. If we could all just get along the world would be a more perfect place according to Amnity.

Beatrice Prior is a member of Abnegation. Her sixteenth birthday nears, and along with that age comes her choosing ceremony. She must choose to stay with her family in Abnegation, selfless, giving always…or to give it all up and embrace a faction that speaks to her inner yearning. The faction before blood, to enter another faction she must give up everything she has ever known and maybe discover a lot more about herself and the people around her than she ever believed possible.I’m blown away by this novel. I feel the need to run down the street and grab the first literate person I see and shove the book into their arms “You need to read this!” Divergent is Phenomenal. Then on top of this, Veronica Roth is only 22 years old! Paint me surprised and a little bit jealous. For someone so young she has written a tremendous book that I think might get a lot of attention. Her character development was in lines with the greats like Orson Scott Card, her world-building was tremendous, the idea of the different factions was intelligent and well-crafted. She made this dystopian world both believable and possible. Her words were so well developed and intrusive that I was emotionally engrossed through the entirety of the novel. I can not wait for the second book in this series.

This is recommended for teens 14+, mainly for the fact that there is a bit of violence and the topics are for a mature mind. But, advanced reader younger kids will enjoy. Recommended for fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and throw back fans of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series.

The 411 on Divergent:

  • The film rights have been sold to SUMMIT (you know the studio that did a little movie called TWILIGHT)
  • This is a trilogy
  • I could not find a scheduled release date, or title for book 2, so if anyone knows, please chime in. Usual way publishers deal with this is a year between books, so I’m assuming May 2012 *sigh*, but maybe with the sale and possible production of DIVERGENT the movie it might speed this up a bit. One can only hope.

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