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Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica…

Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy

by Leah Wilson (Editor)

Other authors: V. Arrow (Contributor), Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Contributor), Mary Borsellino (Contributor), Rosemary Clement-Moore (Contributor), Debra Driza (Contributor)8 more, Julia Karr (Contributor), Dan Krokos (Contributor), Elizabeth Norris (Contributor), Jenna Snyder (Contributor), Maria V. Snyder (Contributor), Janine K. Spendlove (Contributor), Elizabeth Wein (Contributor), Blythe Woolston (Contributor)

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Twelve YA authors write an essay on an aspect of Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, talking about a variety of topics such as the way in which the factions map to psychological classifications, whether honesty is truly the best policy in the world of the series, and the biology of fear.

Though this book definitely falls under the definition of "literary criticism," these are not the stuffy sort of essays you might think of when you hear the term (personally, I don't, but then I was an English major and classify myself as Divergent, but mostly Erudite). These authors investigate the books from all sorts of point of views, but make it accessible and interesting reading. I really enjoyed essays that looked at the science of fear or the psychology of the factions or even the one that tried to map where each of the faction headquarters are in relation to the current city of Chicago. The writers who contribute to this book clearly enjoyed the books as stories, and I never got the feeling that they were trying to hard to interpret things - they're just continuing their enjoyment through their explorations. I would easily recommend this to teens (and adults) who can't get enough of the series - and who knows, maybe they'll find a new author to try! ( )
  bell7 | Jul 21, 2014 |
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Wilson, LeahEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arrow, V.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, Jennifer LynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borsellino, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clement-Moore, RosemaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Driza, DebraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Karr, JuliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krokos, DanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Norris, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snyder, JennaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snyder, Maria V.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spendlove, Janine K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wein, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"From the Factionless to the Divergent, from what makes Chicago an ideal dystopian setting to the importance of choice in shaping identity, both in Tris' world and our own, [this compilation] provides a companion fit for even the most erudite Divergent fan"--… (more)

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