Book links roundup

I’m always looking for book news online. Here are some of the things I’ve come across recently:

Publishers Weekly: Insiders Talk Young Adult Blockbusters: An interesting discussion of mega-hits such as the Twilight an Hunger Games series that are taking over children’s publishing.

Casting rumours for the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent.

If you love reading YA, considering filling out the 2012 YA Readers Survey.

Kirkus Reviews chooses the Best Children’s Books of 2012.

Taylor Swift talks reading, from Scholastic.


Review: Divergent

Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)

Divergent is set in a dystopian society in which people are divided into five factions based on personality traits: Dauntless (bravery), Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (intelligence), and Amity (peacefulness). Each year, all sixteen-year-olds must choose the faction they feel they belong to, which may mean leaving their families behind forever. This is the choice that befalls Beatrice, or Tris, as she comes to call herself. It turns out Tris is what is known as divergent – not suited to one particular faction, a dangerous trait to have as it makes her less susceptible to the manipulations of her new faction’s leaders. Tris’s loyalties to both her faction and her family are tested as she struggles to figure out who she really is.

I picked up this book because it was getting a lot of buzz on Twitter this summer, and I am glad I did. If you like The Hunger Games trilogy, you will likely enjoy this one. Tris starts out at the weak one in her group of initiates, but as she progresses toward becoming a full-fledged member of her faction, she grows stronger both physically and mentally. Her struggle with being loyal to her family versus conforming to the norms of her faction made for interesting reading. The action really ramps up toward the end, placing Tris in a perilous position. I look forward to book two.