Monday, December 29, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth, 496 pages

I waited to start the Divergent series until I could actually listen to all three books in the series right in a row.  I am definitely glad to have waited because I finished Divergent today which ended with a big cliff hanger.  I started Insurgent today, book 2, and it started up immediately where Divergent left off.

The trilogy is set in a future dystopian Chicago.  For those adults who haven't plunged into dystopian teen books, Merriam Webster defines dystopia as "an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly."

The main character is Beatrice, who has grown up in the Abnegation faction.  There are 5 factions in society and everyone must choose a faction or become factionless - think dregs of society here.  Beatrice chooses to leave Abnegation for Dauntless, but finds what she really is is Divergent, which means she has the characteristics of more than one faction and that is very dangerous.

This is a typical wild ride, fast paced, adrenaline driven teen tale.  Great fun even though bad things happen to good people.

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