Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Summary:  In this dystopian thriller society is divided into five factions.  Each faction is devoted to the cultivation of a particular virtue Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (brave), Amity (peaceful), and Erudite (intelligence.)  Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select a faction.  Up to this point, the teen has been raised in the faction of their parents. If a teen elects to switch factions they will be separated from family and friends and thrust into a new and unknown life.

This year Beatrice Prior and her brother, Caleb, will make their selections.   Beatrice can elect to stay at home with her family and become a member of Abnegation or she can be true to who she really is. What Beatrice decides surprises everyone, including herself. 

But, before Beatrice can become a member of the faction of her choice she must compete in a merciless initiation.  If she fails she will become factionless, for some a fate worse than death.  While struggling through initiation, she makes new friends, finds a boy she may like, and discovers a hidden conflict that could destroy entire factions.  She also guards a secret about herself that could mean her death if it became known to faction leaders. 

Who will like this?  Fans of The Hunger Games trilogy will enjoy this futuristic thriller and its strong-willed main character.

If you like this, try this: Matched by Ally Condie. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Recommended by: Jen, Fairfield Woods Branch Teen Librarian