Thursday, May 26, 2011


Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT is the most talked about book of the year . . . and with good reason. It is a brilliant combination of intense suspense and danger paired with a teenage girl's search for her identity in a world that makes you choose exactly where you belong.

I didn't think anyone could come close to Suzanne Collins' amazing storytelling, but my agent-sister Veronica has hit one out of the park.

Here's the blurb from her publisher:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

For fun, take the DIVERGENT quiz on Facebook to find out what faction you are in. I'm a Erudite (I was totally hoping for Dauntless because they are the badasses--but I guess I'm too much of a chicken . . . and a book nerd).

Check out what the other Bookanistas are reading:

  • Elana Johnson sings praises for SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD

  • Shannon Messenger is wild about WILDFIRE + an ARC giveaway

  • Carolina Valdez Miller adores A NORTHERN LIGHT

  • Lisa and Laura Roecker dotes over DIVERGENT

  • Megan Miranda thinks MOONGLASS is marvelous

  • Jessi Kirby praises POSSESSION

  • Carrie Harris reveals the BAD TASTE IN BOYS Book Trailer

  • Stasia Ward Kehoe delights in BITTER MELLON

  • Christine Fonseca relishes in the RED GLOVE

    1. Oh, I'm not a big dystopia person, but I guess I'm going to have to order this one!

    2. I'm seeing this one all over the place. I'm excited to read it.

    3. I am addicted to this book, I swear. I can't get it out of my head. LOVED IT!! :-)

    4. P.S. How long should a PB query be? Do you explain the whole story like with a longer book?

    5. I read the first few chapters on line and was totally hooked. Hoping to read the rest before I go to Chicago this I can have my own preview of dystopian Chi-town!


      Shannon-in my experience, a PB query should just whet the appetite. They won't really know if they like the book or not until they read the language of the actual ms and can tell if it will work or not. Many have you send the book along with the query.

      (Sorry to butt in...)


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