If you haven’t heard of Divergent, by Veronica Roth, you should read it soon, because they’re making a movie staring that girl who’s going to be the next big thing and you don’t want to fall behind on the times.
The book is about a dystopian future version of Chicago in which everyone is divided into five isolated factions based on their personality. Unlike Harry Potter, there are FIVE houses- I mean, factions. And unlike Harry Potter the traits they value are bravery, kindness, intelligence, selflessness and honesty instead of bravery kindness, intelligence and cunning.
But of course, our hero is special. She’s UNIQUE. Her personality means she could fit in multiple houses - er- factions so even though the mind-reading thing they put on your head usually knows exactly where to put you for your place, hers is indecisive and she makes the choice to join the bravery one.
Special Snowflake comes from the group with braided hair and boring sister-wife clothes. When she takes the train to her new home, the kids wear black jumpsuits and train in knife throwing and combatin order to prepare to fight each other bloody in a competitive ranking game. Some of her cohorts were born in that faction, raised to fight, and they’re super arrogant but Strong Female Protagonist makes friends with the one black girl and gets the highest scores in training!
And so our hero, Katniss Potterdeen stops the evil faction from using mind control to turn the citizens into sleeper soliders (even her love interest! he gets brainwashed to want to hurt her!). She starts a rebellion before defeating Lord Voldemort, introducing color to the town as a Giver, and becoming a symbolic mockingjay.
I give it a 4/5. Who am I kidding? I read it in a day.