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Read it and Weep

Oct 10, 2013

If you liked Hunger Games but thought it needed more rules, you're going to love Divergent!

The debut novel from Veronica Roth, Divergent imagines a future after a great war. The only way to restore peace is to divide humanity up into 5 Death Frats named after SAT words. People join them by having only one personality trait: brave people join Dauntless where they jump off trains and punch each other. Smart people join Erudite where they wear glasses. Amish people join Abnegation where they don't eat hamburgers. And the other two are basically Hufflepuff.

In the EXTREMELY RARE situation where somebody has two personality traits (I have glasses and don't eat hamburgers!) they are "divergent" (a Latin word meaning "too cool for school"). Eventually the smart people use the brave people to kill the Amish people and only a teenage girl with two different interests can save them all. With her boyfriend.

Expect a million more books about distopian futures where kids kill each other, because Hunger Games sold faster than a grey tunic in an Abnigation camp.