Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergentAlthough this science fiction novel – a number one New York Times bestseller – is in the library’s young adult section, it is of interest to adults as well.  If you liked the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, you’ll find a similar appeal in Roth’s book.

The setting is Chicago, sometime in the future.  The city includes five factions, each located in a different area, and each with its own lifestyle and value system.  At the age of sixteen, each teenager must make a permanent choice of the faction to which he’ll belong.  If he fails in the initiation into his chosen faction, he’ll spend the rest of his life without a faction, which places him in the lowest role in society.

Beatrice is a member of the Abnegation faction, which values unselfish service above all else.  She sometimes feels that she doesn’t fit in here.  Will she choose to remain with her family, or will she transfer to Candor (which places its highest value on honesty), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (friendship and cooperation), or Erudite (scholarship)?  Which faction best suits her talents and personality?  Will she succeed in the path she chooses?

The movie version will be in theaters in March.

Divergent is the first of a trilogy, followed by Insurgent and Allegiant.  I’ve already started reading Insurgent and am eager to find out about Beatrice’s continued adventures.

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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