A trilogy, a 16-year-old girl, a first romance and a movie deal. On the surface, Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy reads like another in a long line of fantastical young adult fiction. But the world Roth creates deals with humans, not vampires, werewolves or genetically mutated dogs. There are no bows and arrows; guns and knives are her weapons of choice. And at 25, Roth is constantly surprised at the impact of the story she started writing during her freshman-year psychology class.
“Divergent,” the first book in the series, follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she makes the transition from childhood to adulthood. In this version of dystopia, this means choosing one of five “factions” that make up society (Abnegation: Selfless, Dauntless: Fearless, Candor: Truth-tellers, Erudite: Knowledgeable and Amity: Peaceful). Tris chooses Dauntless. But like most major life decisions, the choice is just the beginning. Tris sets in motion a war that follows her and her first love, Tobias “Four” Eaton, into the second book, “Insurgent,” and is the catalyst for a pending revolution in “Allegiant,” to be in stores Oct. 22. (The book leaked earlier this week when a shipping error caused a select set of pre-orders to be delivered three weeks early.)