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Divergent – Veronica Roth

June 1, 2011

I had heard some really good reviews on this book, many of them comparing it to the Hunger Games trilogy. I thought about it for a while, and figured, what the heck. So, I purchased this book for my Kindle. The next day I came down with the death cold. The only upside to the death cold was a lot of free time. I devoured this book in a little over a day.

 Divergent, which is the first of a trilogy, starts to tell the story of a dystopian Chicago, which has been divided into five factions, each dedicated to one of five virtues (Cando, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite). Beatrice Prior is born to an Abnegation family and, upon her sixteenth birthday, is forced to select a faction to which she will dedicate the rest of her life. She is forced to choose between staying with her family, and branching out on her own.  Beatrice makes a surprising decision, and reinvents herself as Tris, plunging herself into a new, exciting, and terrifying life.

 This book is the debut novel of Veronica Roth, who is only 22 years old. It’s really, really good. The society she creates is vivid and believable. The characters are real and tug at your emotions. It is everything a great book is made of. The only downside to reading this book right now is that I now have to wait until the next one comes out. You can bet I’ll have this one on pre-order from the time it is available.

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