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Firstly, I’d just like to apologise for my absence over the past week. I took a trip to Amsterdam and moved to Manchester last week; I’ll be starting my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Management next Monday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

You can join in too! Just do the following.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I actually went to see Divergent at the cinema before I’d even heard that it was a book and you know what? I thought the film was awful; really unimpressive, boring and uneventful. So why did I choose to read the book after deciding that the film was, well, pants? Curiosity, I suppose; I had, by now, seen the buzz that the novels were getting on the internet and couldn’t match the hype with the incredible disappointment that was the film. So was Divergent all it was cracked up to be, or was the film adaptation a reflection of things to come?

We’re in post apocalyptic Chicago in which society has been divided into five factions based upon character type; Amity the faction promoting kindness, Candor where truth is valued above all, Erudite in which knowledge is key, Abnegation whose members are completely selfless, and Dauntless for the brave.

Meet Beatrice Prior, a sixteen year old Abnegation member. She doesn’t feel like she fits in but that’s okay, she’s about to undertake an aptitude test that will determine the faction for which she is best suited.  Things don’t go too smoothly for Beatrice when she takes the test, however. Instead of testing positive for just one faction, she tests positive for three. She is Divergent.

In this world, she is warned by her tester, Divergence is dangerous and Beatrice must keep the knowledge to herself. Hiding in plain sight within the walls of her chosen faction, Beatrice must pass initiation to escape the destitution of the factionless.  But there are things happening in the world, happening to the Divergent that threaten to pull apart the fabric of the only existence that Beatrice has ever known.

Now that we’ve reached the very beginning of September, it’s about time to recap the books that I purchased last month, and I’ve had quite a successful month for books in August.

My purchases this month include (want to read about a particular book in the haul? Click the links below to take you to each section):

  1. Eva Dolan’s Long Way Home
  2. Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden
  3. Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
  4. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
  5. Ilona Andrews’ Magic Breaks