Saturday, February 25, 2012

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

The setting is dystopian Chicago, the objective it the perfect society. How do you get a society without war and destruction? It was decided that the people should be divided into essential groups, and that their individual choice would be made at the age of 16. The five groups each embodied a different trait essential to civilization: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Beatrice and her brother must make the choice. But what happens when the test administer finds you don't "fit" into one group, but rather into a few. You are Divergent and must keep that hidden. Thus begins the difficult journey Beatrice, "Tris," makes to find where she fits. Her initiation phase brings out strengths she never realized she had or ever thought she would use. How will she handle the competition? How will she handle leaving her family? What is going on with other groups and how will her skills be used?

This is the first book in a new series, and I can't wait for the next one! The plot and characters pulled me in right away and I couldn't put the book down. It is a great YA read that can be enjoyed by older adults as well. If you like to read dystopian style books, or just want to challenge yourself, this is the book for you. It also makes a nice choice for book discussion groups.

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