Mar 2, 2012


If you're having Hunger Games withdrawals (Hunger Pains? no?) start reading Divergent, by Veronica Roth. Immediately.  Then start impatiently waiting for the sequel, Insurgent, to come out on May 1, like I'm doing right now.

Set in the near distant future (one of my favorite dystopia phrases), this world is split into five factions; each faction representing a human personality:

Abnegation - Selfless
Amity - Peaceful
Candor - Honest
Dauntless - Brave
Erudite - Intelligent

When people turn 16, they take an aptitude test to determine where they belong. Some initiates remain where they grew up, others transfer. They then must train and take an initiation test to completely belong to the faction. "Faction before family."

Beatrice, a member of the Abnegation Faction, knows that she's not where she belongs. But when she takes her aptitude test, her results place her into three different factions - she's Divergent. Apparently being divergent is a dangerous trait, causing her test proctor to delete it from the file and beg her to keep it a secret, with no explanation.  In fact, no one will tell her why being Divergent is a problem.  In additon to trying to find answers to her questions, Beatrice must decide where her future and loyalty lies, all while a war is quietly brewing between the factions.

It is SO GOOD. It's very similar to the Hunger Games (female protagonist who kicks ass, dystopian society is split up into different specialties, war), but different enough that it holds it's own against that series.   I'm really hoping that Insurgent is just as great.

You can take a quiz to find out what faction you'd join.  My result was Amity, which is accurate seeing as they're the Hufflepuffs of this series. 


  1. I've been meaning to read this!! I'll have to make sure to pick it up!

  2. Bridget you should definitely read it!! It's almost 500 pages, but it only takes a couple hours to read.