Series: Divergent Series (Book 1)
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1st edition (May 3, 2011)
Summary: "From School Library Journal-Gr 9 Up-In the dystopian Chicago setting of Roth's novel (Katherine Tegen Bks., 2011), the population is divided into five factions. Upon declaring allegiance to one of them, 16-year-old Beatrice will decide her future. Beatrice and her brother, Caleb, grew up in helpful, unassuming Abnegation, always putting others first. During her aptitude testing, a simulation probes her suitability for Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Rather than getting a clear reading of her strengths, Beatrice's result is disturbing and dangerous: she is Divergent. At the choosing ceremony, the teenager impulsively joins Dauntless, the tattooed "hellions" whose value is bravery, and who protect the community. Beatrice, now called Tris, finds she feels brilliantly alive in Dauntless, even during the brutal training. She enjoys seeing her muscles harden, testing her courage, protecting the underdog, and working her way up the ranks of recruits. Making both friends and enemies, she moves through simulations tailored to trigger her Fear Landscape. Gradually, her Divergence shows itself, allowing Tris to see that the faction-dominated world isn't as wonderful as she has been told.-Maggie Knapp"
My Thoughts: If you liked the Hunger Games series, you will enjoy this story. Both have strong teen girls fighting the injustice of fixed society. I wanted to read the story before seeing the movie as in many cases the books are always better for filling in detail and character development. The story is a fast read and I am waiting for the second book in the series and looking foward to seeing the movie.