Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
Last week was Wordfest 2014 in Calgary, and I attended Veronica Roth in Conversation with Tahereh Mafi and Writing Mystery with Michael Robotham. The Veronica Roth event packed the Knox United Church venue with an attendance of 600. Lots of teenage girls. I think I had pretty much the best seat in the house, front and just off-center (the photo to the right taken with my phone from my seat).
It was sort of funny listening to Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi, both 26, and realizing that I have been writing books since before they were born. Like me, Veronica started young (age 11), and Tahereh didn’t start until after college. In spite of being such accomplished and wildly popular authors, both are still very much in the experimental phase, seeing what works in their writing craft. They both seem hardly older than the teens that they write about and for.
One of the questions that Veronica and Tahereh discussed was their favorite quotes from each other’s and their own books, so for this week, I bring you not just one but two teasers by Veronica Roth, one from Divergent, and one from Allegiant.
“I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent
“Since I was young, I have always known this. Life damages us, everyone. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”
Veronica Roth, Allegiant
Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.
One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.