DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Naughty Little Tidbits: Disturbing Behaviour, Bad Role Model

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Teenagers?Yes
Adults?No

Comments: This was a super quick read and enthralling the whole time. I really think Tris is a great character. Though Tris's family, friends and boyfriend shine in the endearment department more than she herself does. I hate many of the choices she makes, they seem stupid and unreasonable but true to her character so how can I fault that. The fact is this book should be a stand alone because I cannot see where the author can take this. She's left very little room to justify her dystopian story line.

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