Friday, September 30, 2011


I am determined to finish my blogs by the end of September. I know this won't happen since I'm going to a Halo party shortly, but I can at least do two quick ones before then. So, first up: 

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Year Published: 2011

Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen.

But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

Why?: Paul bought this book over the summer and really enjoyed it, and he told me to read it.

Expectations: I expect this book to be a little like the Hunger Games trilogy. And also kind of like the Uglies series. One girl is different and tries to save her dystopian world.

Judging a book by its cover: The cover is very simple, and has the skyline of what I assume is Chicago and a fire eye thing. I think fire will be important, as will the city.


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