Divergent


"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her."  -- http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/p/books.html 

 

Generally as a rule if the word dystopian is in the description, I can't drop the book fast enough. I didn't want to read Hunger Games when it came out in 2008. I resisted. A lot. But decided to read it for all the buzz it was getting in the YA world. But once I picked it up, I barely put it down until the end. (Then had to wait a year between each new book...) So, I'm picking up Divergent based on all the buzz its getting. The buzz could be from the 2nd book in the series, Divergent, that was released May 1. I'm hearing things like it is the next Hunger Games. We'll see.

 

Edited to add....I was just doing a little background research on the book and discovered the author is 23! ---