Staff Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

DivergentWhy I checked it out:  Is there anyone not talking about this trilogy?  Plus, the sequel, Insurgent, comes out in May.

Why I liked it:  This story has it all:  pulse-pounding action, a harsh dystopian world set in a ruined Chicago, a wee bit of romance, and figuring out who you are and who you want to be.  That is probably my favorite part: the exploration of self-determinism.  Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior, like every teen in her world, must decide which faction she wants to belong to:  Dauntless (The Brave), Amity (The Peaceful), Candor (The Honest), Erudite (The Intelligent), or Abnegation (The Selfless).  Beatrice was born into Abnegation, but is that where she really belongs?

Leaving her faction means leaving her family, her home, her way of life.  Beatrice struggles with the very real fact that she doesn’t belong entirely in any one group.And every person who has ever lived can relate to that feeling, whether you are uncovering a plot that could destroy your world or just trying to navigate high school.

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