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08 November 2010 @ 06:10 pm
two roads diverged in a woods....  
No cover to show you from the book I have been reading in fits and starts and onboard the planes of late. It is a 2011 novel by newcomer Veronica Roth entitled DIVERGENT. Think Hunger Games meets Giver (stole this from Reading Rants) and you have only a partial idea of what to expect.

This futuristic novel has society sorted into five groups: Candor, Amity, Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation. When teens turn 16, a ceremony is held. The teens elect which of the five groups they will join. Many will stay within the group they have lived. Some will elect to move to a new group. There is a "test: to help guide them in their choices. For Beatrice, things are a trifle different, though. Her "test" does not show her as having one particular group that will meet her needs. She is a "divergent," and that is not good.

And that is about all I will reveal at this point. This is a novel meant to be experienced with no preconceptions. I saw traces of Hunger Games and The Giver and 1984, and a half dozen other books. However, this one is unique and fascinating. Beatrice, Tris as she becomes after her choosing, is complex. So is the world in which she lives, a world that thought it was solving problems but instead seems to have created new ones. A testament to this book is that I sat up reading it this afternoon despite the bad knee screaming and the fatigue of travel through time zones, and even Scout's insistence on being padi attention. <491>

May 2011 from HarperCollins. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth. Place your orders now. ETA: Here is the cover. I also have it on good authority (thanks, Molly) that there will be a few ARCs at NCTE, too.


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Paul W. HankinsPaul W. Hankins on November 9th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Loved this one, Teri and got it into the hands of one of my more voracious readers this year. Hannah then sent an email to Molly O'Neill at Harper Collins and got a response back from Veronica. At 22, Roth shows a lot of promise with this first offering. It's exciting to see young people connect with the book and the author.

Hannah's reward for reading and connecting is a pre-order of the book when it releases in May!