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Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Jun 15, 11

bookshelves: young-adult, grades-5-8, grades-8-and-up
Read from June 04 to 05, 2011

Picture it: You’re getting ready to turn 16. You’ve lived all 16 years learning to be an abnegator. In fact, you’ve lived with your family in the Abnegation section of a future Chicago, IL your entire life. Once you take your aptitude test, you must make a decision that will determine your course on the planet for the rest of your life. Will you choose to stay with the Abnegation faction (selfless), or will you choose one of the other five factions: Amity (peaceful), Candor (truthful), Erudite (intelligent), or Dauntless (brave)? This is what Beatrice, the protagonist in Divergent, faces. Will she stay with what she has known all her life, or will she choose to break from what she knows to be comfortable and familiar? Needless to say, she chooses to walk a different path, a path that leads aways from her family and all she knows. What ensues is a page-turning, can’t-put-it-down success for debut author Veronica Roth. Beatrice renames herself “Tris” and begins an adventure that tests all she has been taught and knows, down to the very fiber of her being. As she begins the initiation phase in her new faction, she deals with the internal conflict of her choice and whether she made the right one. She must face external conflict with other new initiates, as well as conflict with the trainers. Will she prove herself worthy to her new faction, or will she fail and become factionless, living on the streets for the rest of her life? Divergent is hands-down one of the best young adult science fiction novels on the shelves today. Readers will not be disappointed, and they will look forward to the next book in the series.

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