Welcome to Day 2 of Best I've Read 2011! Today's top 8 of 2011 feature is DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth. Her book got tons of votes from our 11 bloggers and it should be no surprise that she's made our best list. We've had the great honor of interviewing Veronica and thanks to HarperTeen, we are offering a copy of DIVERGENT to one lucky winner.
***About the Book***
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 3, 2011
About: Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.
***Interview with Veronica Roth***
BIR: Once Divergent got it's basic shape, did you know the story arc for the other 2 books also, or is the story line still evolving?
VR: I had to write a semi-detailed outline of book two before Divergent sold, and a vague outline of book 3 right after, so I have a good idea of the direction the story is going in. That said, I realized as I wrote book 2 that a lot of my outline was going to change, so I don't think I'm ever really sure what's going to happen until I start writing. Until my last draft, actually! One of my writing mottos is that no one and nothing should be "safe"-- anything can go at any time.
BIR: If Tris and Four had to describe one another in 3 words, what 3 words would they use?
VR: Ooh, good question! Tris, for Four: "Thoughtful, strong, frustrating."Four, for Tris: "Brave, incisive, impulsive."
BIR: You've been living over seas for a few months now, has that impacted your writing in any way?
VR: I think it has, though it's a little too soon to tell-- I know that it has affected me personally in a number of ways, and I'm sure that will affect my writing in some way eventually, because that's how it seems to work. The writing I have done while I've been here has been more thoughtful and more confident, which is odd, since I feel so unsure of myself in this country. Maybe being here has taught me that because there are so many things I don't understand--Romanian, Hungarian, what it's like to be from a country that's still recovering from a terrible communist regime--I can feel sure of the things I do understand, which are my stories and characters, and...English.
BIR: 2011 has been a bit of a whirlwind for you, what has been the coolest thing you've gotten to experience because you're now "New York Times Best Selling Author of Divergent, Veronica Roth"?
VR: Wow-- still haven't gotten used to that little title, there. The coolest thing has to be this event I did before the book even came out. Anderson's Bookstore in Naperville set up a pre-pub event for me in which I got to meet a big group of teenagers who had read advanced copies of Divergent. I was terrified going in, because I hadn't done any events yet, and I knew that teenagers could be a rough crowd, because they're not afraid to tell you what they think, for the most part. But they were awesome. They asked the most insightful questions I'd ever been asked and gave me a book they had all written in and told me their factions-- it confirmed for me that I was writing in the right genre for me. And I realized that having readers, especially ones who care that much about the characters and their stories, makes writing far more gratifying.
BIR: What was your favorite YA book of 2011?
VR: I'm going to break the rules on this question, because I can't pick just one. I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. There are more, but I'll cut myself off there.
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