Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My name is Marco and I turned thirteen yesterday. My favorite flavor of ice cream? It's probably strawberry.
What book did you read and why did you choose it?
I read INSURGENT by Veronica Roth. I chose it because I felt it would be a really good book and would have a lot more details than the movie. It's so good, I read two hundred pages in one day and didn't even realize it!
Can you describe this book in one word?
What was your favorite part of this story?
I liked the ending when she figured out why she was inside the fence.
If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
I'd probably stick with my brother and wouldn't leave him. I didn't like how Tris kept turning her back on Four so many times and he kept coming back. If someone did that to me, I'd be like, "Are you kidding me?"
What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
It's a book that makes you want to read all day. It puts you in a different landscape and it feels like you actually see the characters and imagine it happening to you. It's really cool. And you get to imagine Chicago ruined.
What do you think about the book's cover?
I think it's maybe about a corrupted environment with all the roots and branches of the tree falling apart. The corrupted tree, the corrupted factions, and the corrupted government - it all goes together.
Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?
Yes! I'm reading ALLEGIANT soon.
Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
The HUNGER GAMES, definitely. It's also about a girl who is different. Katniss doesn't have a special power, but a special ability to shoot with a bow and arrow and she can't be controlled by the government. And there's a guy in that story too. Four and Peeta have a similar concept. And they are both against the government like Tris and Katniss.
If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
So many of your ideas are funny and cool. How did you come up with a ruined Chicago?
I was able to find an interview on the blog, POPSUGAR where Veronica Roth discusses how she decided to set the book in Chicago. In the interview, she says:
I wrote a rough draft and I felt like it needed a more grounded sense of place, and I looked at the city I had described, which is all these trains constantly moving, and this lake marsh, and these rivers. And I realized that it was Chicago already, and it was just because that's the city I've known and loved the longest.
Thank you, Marco!
by Veronica Roth
One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable - and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
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