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Tour Interview: Divergent by Veronica Roth

I'm kicking off the tour of Veronica Roth's book, Divergent today. I posted my review yesterday and I can't stress enough how amazing this book is.

I am thrilled to have Veronica on my blog to discuss her debut masterpiece.

1. In Divergent, there are 5 factions, --Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Dauntless — can you tell us a little about each one?

Abnegation is the selfless faction—the goal of its members is to think of themselves as little as possible, and to think of others instead (which explains their plain hairstyles and gray clothing.) Candor is the honest faction, and its members are usually blunt to the point of being offensive, and enjoy lively debates. The Erudite (the intelligent) value learning and ingenuity, and are particularly important because all technological development and education come from them. Amity, the peaceful faction, is responsible for all the city’s food, and they emphasize kindness and forgiveness. The Dauntless, who are committed to bravery, engage in high risk behaviors such as jumping on and off moving trains, and believe in taking action against injustice.

2. Why do you feel people are naturally drawn to reading books about dystopian societies?

There are many reasons, I’m sure, but I think dystopian books are perfect for people who like to ask “what if?” but want to see their “what if?” questions played out in a world that has the same rules as our own (as opposed to paranormal or fantasy, in which the rules of the world—in terms of physics, or biology, or something—are a little different). There is also something extremely interesting about looking at the world now, reading about a possible future world, and imagining the steps in between.

3. What made you choose Chicago as the setting for this book?

It wasn’t a conscious decision, at first. I set the book in a city that felt familiar to me. What clued me in to the fact that it was Chicago were the trains—constantly running, all over the city, like the El in present day Chicago. I have lived next to Chicago since I was five years old, so it is both familiar to me and unfamiliar, because I’ve never actually lived there. It is beautiful, clean, and orderly, which makes imagining it crumbling and falling apart at the seams all the more interesting.

4. What characteristics did you keep in mind when you were coming up with the main character, Beatrice?

I don’t think I ever sat down and thought about how Beatrice was—I just had this sense of her, like I knew her. I did set myself a rule that was hard to follow, though: Beatrice is always the agent. That is, she’s always choosing, always acting, always moving the plot by her behavior. I don’t know that I succeeded in keeping that rule, but it was helpful for me when trying to create an active, rather than a passive or reactive, character.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3rd, 2011)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 496 pages
Series: Divergent #1
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves.. or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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