What I Read: June

June FLEW by. The past 30 days flew so quickly, I only read one book. The rest of the month’s time seems like a blur so I can’t really even think what else I was doing that I missed my 2 book per month goal.

Divergent, Veronica Roth

This book was quickly added to my reading list after reading another Tumblr’s post on how addicting the book was (so sorry I can’t remember who posted on it!) The plot is simple, and one that is quite popular right now – the post apocalyptic world is saved by a teen girl who also has time to fall in love. I can’t get enough of this type of Young Adult fiction. It’s a great escape and the stories move so quickly – such a treat. This post-apocalyptic teen heroine lives in what was once Chicago and is a member of a society that labels itself with factions, or sects that are each responsible for providing the city with a specific good or service. Without going into too much detail, the factions go to war and it takes a very special girl to figure out how to help. I read the book in a weekend and I recommend you do the same.

The only thing that seems strange to me with this type of fiction is that the characters have no trouble murdering others with guns, knives or even their bare hands yet are firm in their values on sex. In this book or in the Hunger Games series the characters are falling in love and in lust – but never go all the way. I think it’s interesting that authors of this type of fiction shy away from showing teens having sex but have no problem showcasing them murder carelessly and often. Maybe a parent or a teacher has some insight – but I just think it’s strange that it’s ok to have kids kill each other as long as they’re virgins.

Back to the book – The craziest part of all of this? Veronica Roth, the author of this series is 3 years younger than I am – 24 and lives in Chicago after attending Northwestern University. She wrote Divergent while she was a student there. Her novels are a smash hit and Divergent will be released as a feature film in March 2014. I cannot even imagine that type of wild success before the age of 25. Read the book for no other reason than to see what our peers are capable of.

Spoiler – I kicked off July reading the second book in the series.  Get the book for $5.50 here.

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