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Veronica Roth is an American author whose debut novel became a New York Times bestseller. She is best known for the Divergent collection of novels. Born in 1988 in New York City, Roth was the youngest of three children. She was five when her parents divorced.
Order of Divergent Series
|1||Divergent||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||Insurgent||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Allegiant||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Divergent Short Stories/Novellas
|1||Free Four (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||The Transfer (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||The Son (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|4||The Initiate (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|5||The Traitor (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|6||We Can Be Mended (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Divergent Collections
|1||Four||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Divergent Miscellaneous Books
|1||The World of Divergent (Short Story)||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Carve the Mark Series
|1||Carve the Mark||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||The Fates Divide||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of The Chosen Ones Series
|1||Chosen Ones||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Forward Series
|1||Randomize||2019||Description / Buy|
|2||Summer Frost (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|3||Ark (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|4||You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|5||Emergency Skin (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|6||The Last Conversation (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Veronica Roth Standalone Novels
|1||The End and Other Beginnings||2019||Description / Buy|
|2||Poster Girl||2022||Description / Buy|
|3||Arch-Conspirator (Short Story)||2023||Description / Buy|
Veronica Roth Anthologies
|1||Pitch Dark||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||Shards and Ashes||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||Summer Days and Summer Nights||2016||Description / Buy|
|4||Three Sides of a Heart||2017||Description / Buy|
|5||The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021||2021||Description / Buy|
Because her father worked far away, she eventually developed a strong relationship with Frank Ross, her stepdad and the man Barbara Ross, her mother married. When Roth was growing up, her mother was opposed to religion.
Her attitude was the result of the strong religious convictions that ruled the lives of Roth’s maternal grandparents who were concentration camp survivors. Roth, for her part, became a practicing Christian in high school after discovering and attending a Christian Bible Study.
Her reading preferences were molded at a young age. She discovered the works of Lois Lowry and they gave birth to her passion for the YA dystopian genre. Her education includes stints at Grove Avenue Elementary School, Prairie Middle School, and Barrington High School.
She chose to pursue Linguistic Studies during her time at Northwestern University, where she joined the Creative Writing Program because she loved science fiction and fantasy. She initially spent a year at Carleton College.
But her desire to write and create drove her to drop out in favor of attending Northwestern University. She was on winter break in her senior year when she wrote ‘Divergent’, her debut novel. With the love for dystopian YA novels at a fever pitch during those years, it did not take Roth long to find an agent who sold her manuscript to HarperCollins.
By this point in time, properties like Twilight and The Hunger Games had already exploded. Divergent became the latest craze to capture the hearts and minds of readers, selling millions of copies in the years that followed.
To most people, Veronica Roth achieved literary success practically overnight. But, in truth, her success was the result of ten years of hard work. She spent a long time brainstorming and looking for an idea she could successfully publish.
Not only was her first manuscript rejected but even when she found a receptive publisher, she was still encouraged to do rewrites. It is for this reason that she encourages people to write because they love to tell stories, not because they want to achieve some sort of financial goal. Otherwise, they are going to encounter the sort of frustration that will tempt them to surrender.
The author is always challenging herself. She uses the rejections and criticisms to fine-tune her work.
Veronica Roth Awards
Roth has received nominations for Sequoyah, Buckeye, and Golden Archer Awards. She has won Goodreads Choice, Buck-Eyed Susan, Florida Teens Read, Georgia Peach Book, Isinglass Teen Read, Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School, Green Mountain Book, Iowa High School Book, Kentucky, Land of Enchantment, and Nevada Young Reader’s Awards, to mention but a few.
Veronica Roth Books into Movies
The Divergent books were turned into a live-action movie series, with the first film, titled ‘Divergent’, debuting in 2014. Two sequels were made.
Best Veronica Roth Books
Roth inspires aspiring authors because her first book was published before she even graduated from college, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:
Divergent: Beatrice lives in a dystopian Chicago in which society is divided into five factions based on their virtues. She knew that once she turned sixteen, they would ask her to choose a faction to which she would devote the rest of her life.
She also knew that she wanted to stay with her family but she also dreamed of more. The choice she ultimately made surprised even her. Now she must face the competitive initiation that comes after.
Insurgent: Beatrice changed her name to Tris the day she chose her faction. She thought that her initiation day would bring change for the better. But all she can see ahead is conflict. The factions are on the brink of war, divided by their respective ideologies. Tris is still living with the consequences of her actions and the choices she ultimately made.
But she cannot permit the grief and the guilt to control her. Radical discoveries are being made and relationships are shifting all around her. She knows that even more difficult choices are waiting ahead. And regardless of her decision, she is going to suffer.
When Does The Next Veronica Roth book come out?
Veronica Roth doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Arch-Conspirator and was released on February, 21st 2023.