Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: Divergent

Children's Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99, 496 pp., ages 14-up, 9780062024022, May 3, 2011)

In her debut novel, Veronica Roth creates an engrossing coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, recognizable only by the former Sears Tower and Hancock Building. Narrator Beatrice Prior has grown up in the Abnegation faction, where her father serves as a council member. Now that she is 16, Beatrice, along with her peers, must choose one of five factions to make their home. The teens first submit to an aptitude test, which demonstrates to them the faction best suited to their character traits. At a Choosing ceremony, they ultimately pick for themselves the faction in which they wish to serve.

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