I’m playing a bit of catch up with what I’ve been reading recently. I’m happy to report that this book marked my 12th book of my 12 books in 2012 challenge – yay! And, I’ve already completed a 13th book and am almost finished with my 14th. I suppose that means I’ll have to up my goal for 2013, huh?
Anyway, my 12th book was Divergent by Veronica Roth. I’d been hearing a buzz about this trilogy from a number of others, so I was intrigued to check it out. Plus, after finishing the Hunger Games trilogy I’ve been kind of hoping to find another book that sucked me in.
Divergent takes place in a dystopian Chicago. Citizens are separated into five different factions…each corresponding to a certain virtue that the members find important (and cultivate) – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). Children live with their families in their faction until their 16th year, when on one day all 16 year olds must select the faction that they choose to be a part of for the rest of their lives.
Beatrice must decide between staying with her family in the Abnegation faction or choosing another world where she can be true to herself. After her selection, Beatrice not only changes her name, but has to go through a rigorous initiation period. She has to make new friends, learn new ways, and go through physical tests.
…but that is not all. Beatrice has a secret. A secret that could mean certain death for her. But it also holds the key to her ability to protect and save the ones she loves when unrest forms in their society.
Overall, I enjoyed Divergent. This is another teen literature selection, so to reading is quick and easy. The storyline moves at a fast pace, and the book ends with you wanting more…aka the 2nd book in the trilogy (which I have with me right now and will start reading soon). Is it better than the Hunger Games trilogy? Nope, but it definitely is a good read and it has my attention! Plus, I’ve heard that the movie rights have been sold and filming will start in early 2013…so it’s always fun to read a book before the movie version comes out! If you’re looking for an easy, exciting read, add Divergent to your to-read list!
Have you read any of the books in the Divergent trilogy yet? What do you think?
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