by Veronica Roth
In what used to be Chicago, 16 year old Beatrice Prior must choose which of the five factions of society she will live with for the rest of her life. But Beatrice is not like everyone else, who are slotted neatly into a faction by exhibiting the characteristics that are the base of each. Beatrice is different, divergent from the norm. And being divergent isn't a good thing in this society, in fact it's a threat to it's very fabric. A threat that needs to be eliminated.
Divergent is not just a social commentary about the dangers of societal control. It is about the courage of a girl who is different, about her courage standing up to her government. It is written in the same thread as many other dystopian novels written for tweens, but Roth brings a new character which many tweens will identify with.