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"Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it." - Four

“One choice can transform you.” Beatrice Prior (Main Character in hit series 'Divergent') has finally turned sixteen. When it’s her turn to choose her life path, she is torn between staying with her family and seeking a home where she’ll truly belong.

Set in Chicago in the not so distant future, Veronica Roth’s Divergent is the new Dystopian trilogy everyone’s talking about.

In the novel, people live in five different factions, which are each “dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue:” selflessness, peace, bravery, honesty, and intelligence. In a world based on synergy, the possibility of dissent is unimaginable. When one of the factions goes rogue, no one is prepared for the consequences.

Written in first person, the author creates an intimate relationship between Beatrice and the audience by slowly exposing her vulnerabilities behind the façade she must wear in public. Ms. Roth’s literary talent enables the reader to be swept up in the suspenseful and high adrenaline experience.

Similar to The Giver with its idea of choosing a profession and isolated training, and The Hunger Games’ concept of specialized factions, this is a must read for fans of dystopian literature. I definitely count this as my favorite book of the year.

Buy Divergent, Four's perspective, Insurgent, and pre-order Allegiant today!

The movie comes out on March 21st, 2014 (the day after my 17th birthday!) and I'm super excited. Click here to see more movie stills, and here to read a cool interview with Theo James (who plays Four).


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