The only life Beatrice—Tris—has ever known is the selfless life of Abnegation. Now that she’s sixteen she’ll take the aptitude test to see which of the five factions she belongs in: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, or Erudite. Tris’s tests are inconclusive, showing she has equal aptitude for several factions. She’s a Divergent, a secret she must never reveal. At the Choosing ceremony, Tris must decide if she will continue to live her life selflessly or if she will choose another path. Masterfully compelling, this book draws the reader into a future world that is perhaps not so distant. –Holly
En route to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant, the plane carrying the contestants crashes on a desert island. As the surviving beauty queens struggle to endure in an unforgiving land of dangers they’ve never dreamt about, they’ll encounter snakes, eat grubs, and outwit sinister island inhabitants. Armed with their wits and excellent fashion sense, these girls show that they are not to be trifled with. A little bit Lost, a little bit Lord of the Flies, with a dash of Miss Congeniality, Bray has created a charming and often hilarious novel about a group of young women that learn how strong they can be. –Casey S.
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