I’ve just discovered an amazing new author. Veronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent, is the first in an amazing new dystopian series. A trilogy, I think. I first learned about this book through a comment on Facebook, which basically stated that those who enjoyed The Hunger Games, would probably enjoy this as well. And that holds true!

Beatrice “Tris” Prior lives in a dystopian Chicago, complete with crumbling ancient brick buildings, a dried up lake that is now considered a marsh, and roads that have long ago fallen into disrepair. She has reached her sixteenth birthday, an age that signifies the beginning of the rest of her life. She is forced to choose between her family and what she might want for her future.

There are five factions, each of which value a specific virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Tris chooses to leave her Abnegation family and embarks on an adventure to be a brave and courageous Dauntless. But she is not really Dauntless or Abnegation, or any of the other factions. She is different. She is Divergent.

She has been warned that if anyone finds out about her flaw, it would mean her death. There are those seeking to control and lusting for power. Those with the ability to think for themselves and in unique ways pose a danger, a threat that those aspiring leaders will do anything to eliminate.

And then there is Four, a Dauntless who is in charge of training of the faction-transfers. Of course there is a love story here. And it was paced realistically. No immediate kissing or declaring of feelings. Much confusion and discovery. Definitely believable.

The next installment comes out in May 2012. Until then, I’ll have to find other great books to keep me busy.


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