Divergent by Veronica Roth

Here’s the setting: Chicago sometime in the future. As in The Hunger Games, society has evolved  into a new arrangement of the population. At 16 years old you choose the faction of society you feel best suits your character—the brave, the peaceful, the honest, etc. Each part has a different role to play. Although her family belongs to Abnegation (the selfless) Tris chooses to join Dauntless (the brave), those responsible for protecting their fellow citizens but who Tris’s father calls “hellions.”

Tris, like Katniss in The Hunger Games, shows courage and resourcefulness during a grueling initiation where not everyone survives. She forms friendships with other recruits who have moved from the other factions into Dauntless and animosities with initiates who resent her abilities. When she is attacked late at night the mysterious instructor Four comes to her rescue. As her training progresses so does her relationship with Four and her sense that there is a conspiracy among the Dauntless to dominate society.

Full of drama, action and a little romance Divergent despite its 487 pages zips along.

Tris’ story continues in Insurgent. The final book in the trilogy, Allegiant, is due out in October.

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