Divergent by Veronica RothIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
I have been making an effort to catch up with the young adult genre lately, thanks to a particularly tempting display of YA dystopia at the library where I volunteer. Divergent, of course, was high on my list and I lucked out this week when I was able to check out both Divergent and Insurgent at the same time.
Insurgent by Veronica RothOne choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful.
Since I read Divergent in just under 48 hours (I was trying, perhaps unsuccessfully, to pace myself and savor it), I was very glad to have Insurgent on hand so I could jump right into Book 2.
A Test of Wills by Charles ToddScotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge returns home suffering from shellshock and the emotional strains of World War I, but he soon goes back to work and must solve a murder case involving the killing of a retired military officer, a crime in which the main suspect is a highly decorated war hero.
I've been wanting to read the Ian Rutledge series for years. With the recent release of Proof of Guilt, the fifteenth book in the series, I decided it was time to get started.
Did you pick up any new books this week?