“Divergent” by Veronica Roth – An Overview

DivergentVeronica Roth is an excellent and imaginative writer who captured the teen market with the publishing of her spellbinding book “Divergent.” Written as the first of a trilogy in 2011, this fast-paced and futuristic novel plunges the reader into a world of competition and ruthless survival. At the beginning of the story, the main character, Beatrice Prior, has to choose one of five factions to belong to when she reaches the age of 16. Her decision at her initiation will determine her path for the rest of her life and decide for her whether she will ever interact with or even see her family again.

Beatrice unexpectedly chooses the faction “Dauntless,” a sect which thrives on thrill-seeking and dangerous behavior. This shocks her parents and alienates her from her family although her mother is secretly thrilled for reasons of her own. She immediately changes her name, a symbol of the new path she has chosen for herself. Unknown to the others in her faction, the testing that she engaged in before the initiation was inconclusive as to where she belongs, something virtually unheard of in this world and which would brand her as an outcast if anyone knew. Throughout the book, she hides her secret as chaos and anarchy reign as her family, as well as her new existence, is threatened.

Watch for the other two novels, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant” in this exciting and riveting trilogy. Having this book available in an eBook format has made it especially easy for teens on the go to read the contents of this captivating story of this independent young woman who fought and beat the odds against her. It is an inspiring and unique novel that all teenagers should read. The following two books in the Trilogy, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant” will also not disappoint young readers with their continued stories and sagas.

Fault in Our Stars Audiobook by John Green

Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars gives a brief overview of the experiences of a teenager dealing with cancer. The main character in the story, Hazel Grace Lancaster, suffered from stage 4 thyroid cancer and has been dependent on Phalanxifor and equipment to help her breathe ever since.

She meets Augustus Waters through a cancer support group that she originally wanted to skip, but had been forced to go by her mother. Augustus is a survivor of Osteosarcoma.

The two eventually had developed feelings for each other, primarily through the work of Hazel’s favorite author, Peter Van Houten.

Augustus uses his “wish” for a trip to Amsterdam where Van Houten resides. Hazel, Augustus, and Hazel’s mother travel there, only to find out the real character of Van Houten (a douche, as they described). Hazel learns that Augustus had a recurrence of his cancer. Upon returning home, Augustus’ cancer worsens until it made him so weak that he can barely get out of his bed anymore. Hazel spends much of her time with Augustus, knowing that his last days are coming nearer. She and Isaac (Augustus’ friend) recite their eulogy for him upon his request.

When he died, Hazel learns that Augustus communicated with Van Houten and forced him to give Hazel Augustus’ eulogy for her. She also learns that Augustus tried to write an epilogue for An Imperial Affliction.

In conclusion, The Fault in Our Stars John Green audiobook is a devastatingly beautiful and heartbreaking book that forces its readers to view life in a different perspective. It is available in several formats ­ aside from the classic hard copy books; it is also available in digital formats like e­book and audiobook. The audiobook format has become especially popular as it gives life to the characters, providing extra drama to the story as the reader gets to hear the lines out loud.