Divergent by Veronica Roth

Summary: Beatrice Prior, nicknamed Tris, lives in the dystopian city of Chicago. This society is divided into different factions, each standing for its own morals and purpose: Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, and Amity. The day that each citizen becomes sixteen is of utmost importance; it is the day that he or she chooses which faction to join for life. However, there are buried secrets in the history of this isolated society. Tris discovers during a simulation that she is unique- or, as they say, Divergent. As she goes through initiation, she faces the difficulties in training, dealing with other initiates, and the corruptions in the government. The mystery of what being Divergent actually means eludes her. The problems build, providing stepping stones to lead to the climax: an all-out civil war between the factions.

Why I picked it up: My friend, who has a similar taste in novels, recommended it to me. I was intrigued when I started reading the first chapter; it sucked me in from the start.

Why I kept reading it: The plot line was fascinating and fast-paced; it kept me glued to the book. Also, the fact that each faction stood for a human characteristic was certainly interesting.

Who I would give it to next: In a way, this book is slightly reminiscent of The Hunger Games- a teenaged girl protagonist, dystopian society, and budding romance. However, the storyline varies greatly. Fans of The Hunger Games will probably enjoy this.

Reviewed by Nicole W.

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