Many kids have read Divergent by now and if you haven't, well I'm sorry this isn't exactly a review/summary of it. When Veronica Roth came to Fremd for Writers Week, I had no idea who she was or that she wrote this amazing book. I saw her speak and got really interested in the book so I bought it before Spring Break to read on the drive to South Carolina. I ended up loving the book and I plan to read Insurgent.
This blog post is not so much about the books as it is the genre. Lately there have been many authors writing about a post Apocalyptic world in which there is some sort of oppressive government ruling a relatively small population of survivors. Personally, I believe that more kids are reading this books because one we crave action and two we can somewhat relate to it. Now, kids are much more aware of what is going on in the world than even 10 years ago due to social networks. We are unsettled by the violence in the world and when we read a book like this it can sooth us or we can relate to it better and become engulfed in the story.
This is just me stating my wild ideas, so feel free to comment with what you guys think.