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Divergent

By Veronica Roth

For teens who liked The Hunger Games trilogy, Feed by M.T. Anderson, or Matched, this book is a winner. Set in post-apocolyptic Chicago, Beatrice “Tris” Prior must choose a faction in which to live. There are four factions from which to choose; most of the 16-year-olds choose the faction into which they were born. Tris chooses a new faction: Dauntless. The Dauntless live by the principle that the conquering of fear is the key to a successful existence, and Tris proves herself time and time again. However, it is discovered that she is not just Dauntless; she is Divergent. This means that she shows aptitude for many different factions– a threat to the faction system. Soon, her life is in danger. When a plot to take over the city is put into action, Tris must decide who to trust, and who to save. The decisions she makes will change her forever.
This fast-paced novel (as well as the subsequent Insurgent and Allegiant) does a decent job of making Tris into a character that is dynamic and believable. Her faults are apparent, and at times, she is a liar, a hypocrite, and a jerk. Her redeeming qualities make her a friend to those she trusts– and cherished love to a special someone. If you start Divergent, be prepared to read all three novels, as this one stops just as things are heating up for Tris and her friends.

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Uprising

By Laurie Halse Anderson

This historical fiction novel by the author of Speak, Wintergirls, Fever 1793,  tells the story of three girls that work or are involved with the factory.  Most of the girls who worked there were poor immigrants.  In 1911, a blaze broke out, and created one of the worst factory fires in the 20th century.  Here is a link to a web tour of this event:  http://www.dol.gov/shirtwaist/

The book is phenomenal, like so much of Anderson’s work, but it is not for the faint of heart.  Anderson has a way of capturing the reader and not letting them out of a book unaffected.

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