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Divergent (Divergent Series #1)

Divergent (Divergent Series #1) - In this story Beatrice ("Tris") lives in some future version of Chicago where Lake Michigan is but a swampy marshland, the Sears Tower is now "The Hub", and all the citizens are broken up into factions based on their personalities: whether you're brave, kind, smart, honest, or selfless.At 16 you get a sorting-hat-style simulation test that tells you what faction you are most like- but either way you can choose to stay with your family and faction or change to a new faction. Whatever you choose you have to stay that faction forever or become "factionless" (which is their version of The Untouchables that do all the menial labor in this society). From the beginning of Divergent the book's similarities to recent phenomenon of the YA world- Hunger Games abound, but I'm sure this is hardly to be avoided when writing Teen Distopian Fiction... Still, even in the tone and language of the story I couldn't help being called back to Suzanne Collins' writing. This is not necessarily a bad thing; Mostly this makes "Divergent" a great novel for anyone who wishes they could read a 4th Hunger Games book- here you go! (And is ESPECIALLY good for any of those quacks on "Team Gale" as there is a much more satisfying tall, dark, brooding character in this book).Basically Divergent is a real fun, fast read- although all hell breaks loose in about the last XXX* pages of the book, and this shit gets real. Clearly this will be the first in a series of books as Divergent doesn't really stand alone, and instead is more of a prelude to the real action that's going to take place later.While Divergent is not exactly perfect- even among YA standards it misses the pacing and restraint of The Hunger Games- Roth does a good enough job of pulling you in and making you want to see this thing through. We'll all now be awaiting her second novel to find out what happens to "Tris" and "Four" and the whole crazy world of Post-Apocalyptic Chicago.*redacted, as I don't want to give to much away