This is a great first book in a new trilogy by Veronica Roth. The title of this one is Divergent, and it was recommended to me by my friend Chris. We both like books with some sci-fi and some intrigue and a little dystopia thrown in for good measure. This is a great example of that! The book takes place in Chicago after the destruction of the country due to selfishness, aggression, dishonesty, cowardice, and arrogance. In order to combat this, there have been five factions created to prevent these qualities from taking over. These are Abnegation which values selflessness, Amity which values peace, Candor which values truth, Dauntless which values courage, and Erudite which values intellect. Everyone is born into a factions, and when they turn 16 years old they have ya choice to change factions permanently. No turning back. “Faction Before Family” is the motto. If they fail or have a change of heart, they become factionless…wandering the outskirts of town performing jobs that no one else would willing choose.
This is the story of 16 year old Beatrice who soon becomes Tris. She is born into Abnegation, yet she never feels completely comfortable in this faction. She shocks everyone on the day of the Choosing utilizing the information she received from her aptitude test. Her choosing triggers a string of events that kept me reading even when I had a ton of other things to do. She begins her initiation in her new faction and meets many well-drawn out characters….Four is my favorite. I really don’t want to write too much without giving so much away…..needless to say, I have ordered book 2 and am expecting it today in the mail! Cannot wait! Thanks Chris! Great recommendation!!