Summit Buys Film Rights to DIVERGENT

Have you heard of Divergent by Veronica Roth? The dystopian YA book doesn’t even hit bookstores until May 3, but it’s already getting a ton a great buzz. It garnered a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, who called it an “edgy debut (definitely not for the fainthearted)” that will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games. And now the highly anticipated book even has a movie deal.

Summit Entertainment, the film studio behind the Twilight movies, has acquired the movie rights to Divergent. Naturally, the 22-year-old author, Veronica Roth, is super excited about this development. She had this to say on her blog:

And I’m crazy-excited! My experience with the people at Summit has been very positive so far—I think they have a great vision for the book, one that is close to my own. I also think they’re no strangers to taking risks, which is important to me.

Divergent is the first book in a planned trilogy about a dystopian society that is divided into five factions: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). It will be published by Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books on May 3rd.

Synopsis of Divergent by Veronica Roth:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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