YA novel Allegiant sells 455,000 copies in one day

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

The gorgeous front cover of Allegiant.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy has come to a close, and what a victorious one at that! I mean, selling 455,000 copies of Allegiant is no small feat, let alone on Day One. Roth’s tale of humans breaking free from pre-defined roles in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts and minds of young adults worldwide. After all, who isn’t able to relate to the negative social effects of standing out from the crowd?

Divergent, which is being made into a full-fledged movie now, seems to be the next Hunger Games. Dystopian sci-fi future? Check. Female heroine who dares rebel against the social system? Check. I mean, the core isn’t terribly original, but the way she pulls it off with style definitely is.

The civilization in Divergent is kept balanced by slotting humans into one of five factions – Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). Anyone who doesn’t neatly fit into the grand scheme of things is a dangerous “Divergent.” As you can guess, the main character Beatrice Prior soon finds herself in danger as a result of not being so easily defined.

Judging by the customer reviews on Amazon, Veronica Roth receives high praise both for the believability of the world she builds with such attention to detail, and the likeability of her struggling characters. That, and the villains are actually dangerously sophisticated! Issues of grief, identity, loyalty, forgiveness, and politics are so richly woven together into an action-packed thriller, Roth is definitely at the top of her game. Just listening to her speak during interviews reveals a woman whose intelligence would definitely slot her into the Erudite category!

Featured image courtesy of Harper Teen on YouTube.