Monday, April 22, 2013

Divergent (Divergent Series)

One of my favorite reads of 2012 was Veronica Roth's, Divergent!  The story opens and we're introduced to a futuristic virtuous fact, each sector of this dystopian society represents one of five virtues: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).  Once a year, every 16 year old society member decides on which virtue to follow for the rest of their lives.  They leave their families and everything they have ever known to follow their selected faction, but what happens when the decision between who you know you are and who you want to be conflict?  Beatrice (Tris) can't stay with the family she loves and truly be who she knows she is, but what will she choose?

Once she makes her decision, she enters into a very competitive initiation process that weeds out the weak and tests the initiates both physically, psychologically and emotionally.  During her initiation she realizes that there are those, within the faction that she can trust and those that she cannot.  She also has a decision to make where her heart is concerned as well as an increasing realization that what she is, is actually more complex than just her chosen faction and more dangerous than she realizes.  

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