Veronica 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.