Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent takes place in Chicago with a society divided into five fractions.  Each pledged to develop a different virtue; Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and the Erudite (the intelligent). When teenagers turn 16 each of them must choose which fraction they will commit to for the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, Tris, Prior, this choice means either betraying her family or discovering her true self.  She can’t have both, but the choice she makes surprises everyone including herself.

During her first few days of the initiation she realizes how competitive it really is and it comes down to the survival of the fittest. If she doesn’t make the cut she could be fractionless, living in poverty. Tris struggles to figure out who her true friends are and falls in love with someone who isn’t allowed to love her back. But, Tris also has another secret, a dangerous one, if found out she could be killed. When she discovers another growing conflict between two other fractions that threaten the safety everyone she loves, she learns that her secret allows her to be the only one to eliminate the threat. Or her secret might be the death of her.

Reviewed by Namrata, 16, Teen Advisory Board member

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