Welcome to bestseller month! Or maybe it’s bestseller six weeks with one interruption. Something like that. We’re kicking off the festivities with Divergent by Veronica Roth, a very popular YA novel. The sequel, Insurgent has been at the top of NY Times bestseller list in the YA/children’s category for several weeks. Starting with a sequel seemed a little odd to us, so we decided to back up and try the original. This episode is named partly in honor of the landscapers, who have been oddly absent for several episodes now, and partly because this book is such an excellent example of what’s hot in the YA genre these days. Strong female lead? Check. Suffering teenagers? Check. Violence? Check and check again. We also cover dystopia, authenticity of the love plot, what makes a good villain, and the quality of the aptitude test.
The music bump is “This is War” by 30 Seconds to Mars because, apparently, I am a very literal person. Also, if you knew how many horrible jokes I avoided while perusing my music library, you would thank me. (#Ben)