Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth has all the right ingredients, in all the right proportions. Plot, World, Romance. It will push you to think about your world, about your beliefs, and about how you interact with the people around you.

Chicago is crumbling. It’s people have divided themselves into five Factions: Erudite, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Abnegation. Erudite believe that knowledge brings prosperity. They are the doctors for the city. Dauntless believe in bravery. They are the city’s guardians. Candor believe in honesty. They serve as lawyers.  Amity in kindness. They produce the city’s food and music and art. And Abnegation in selflessness. They run the government. These Faction’s were created to bring peace to the city. They were created with the best intentions.

Those intentions have been corrupted.

Every child is tested when they are 16. They are put through a series of controlled hallucinations. The results of the test tell the students what Faction they belong in. The children go home to their families that afternoon, to sit and reflect on their results. Then they Choose.

Born in selflessness, in peace and quiet, Beatrice yearns for something different.Beatrice was born in raised in Abnegation. She believes in all the principles of selflessness, of putting others before her self. But these ideas aren’t instinctual for her.

So when her test results come back inconclusive, Beatrice makes a selfish choice, abandoning her family for another Faction.

She becomes an initiate, and is forced to endure three more sets  of grueling tests. Her new Faction will push her physically, mentally, and emotionally. If she fails, Beatrice will be Factionless. Worse than dead.

Beatrice can not fail.

But as the tests proceed, as she begins to excel and stand out, she realizes her new Faction might be more dangerous than she thought possible.

Blast through this YA dystopian novel in a day. I dare you to read Divergent, a novel by Veronica Roth, any slower…

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