Backlist Recommendation by The Whitby Bookshop: Divergent

November 1, 2014

William Jaggs from The Whitby Bookshop recommends Divergent by Veronia Roth.

The collector’s edition released in November 2014 is a stunning hardback edition of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller debut, boasting 72 pages of bonus content, including:Two essays by Veronica Roth, including excerpts from early drafts of Divergent, an essay about the psychology behind fear and the “exposure therapy” of Dauntless initiation, artistic renderings of the Choosing Ceremony Bowls, an excerpt from the movie script, favourite quotes from Divergent, illustrated by fellow Initiates, a map of the Dauntless compound and Divergent discussion questions.

For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead….The theme of ‘choice’ runs throughout Veronica Roth’s captivating debut as she unfolds a vision of the future that will resonate powerfully with teens about to embark on adulthood. Veronica writes a popular blog at – a great place to keep up to date with the action around this thrilling series.

William’s recommendation

“Veronica Roth’s science/fiction/action novel Divergent is enthralling.  She has crafted an intense, exciting story in punchy, well-written prose.  Whilst the book is deeply suspenseful, the secret to Divergent’s success is its cleverness and compassion.  Like all good teenage fiction, the book doesn’t talk down to adolescents; Roth knows what is going on in a teenager’s mind, including angst, love and self-discovery.  Divergent will grip most teenagers, male or female, and I can’t recommend it enough.”

085207-FC50Divergent (1): Collector’s Edition

Veronica Roth

Published 6th November 2014

Harper Collins Childrens’Books



RRP £14.99

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