“Divergent” Veronica Roth

Divergent, book #1. 2011. Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins). 487 pp. Also includes Bonus Materials and a sneak peek of Insurgent.

DivergentBeatrice has reached her 16th birthday, and it is now time for her to take the required Aptitude Test to help her choose one of five factions with whom she will spend the rest of her life. Each faction was formed to develop her society’s best traits, so she will now have to decide her future based on her test’s results.

Her faction, Abnegation, has selflessness and plainness as life qualities but Beatrice has never felt these qualities in her very being. She wants to be brave and fearless like the Dauntless, but life with them will mean losing her family. The honest life of Candor, wisdom of the Erudite, or Amity peacefulness are not for her so, despite discovering a secret during her testing that could result in her death if discovered, she decides to leave her family behind and become Tris, a Dauntless initiate.

During her initiation, members of Dauntless are cruel and manipulative while seeming to hide a dark secret of their own. As Tris struggles to make friends and fit into her new world, her fears ease when she meets Tobias. Together they find love and warmth in the midst of pain, but it doesn’t take long for their world to turn upside down. Her secret will soon be revealed, and Tris will have to make decisions that will change her life forever.

“Divergent” is recommended for ages 12-18, and is planned to be released as a movie in March 2014. I’m looking forward to reading its sequel, “Insurgent.”

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