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Veronica Roth: Divergent Dystopias

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Dark, complex and utterly addictive, Veronica Roth's blockbuster dystopian YA novels have ensnared a generation of young readers. In Melbourne for the first time, this superstar of YA sci-fi talks fantasy worlds, fan fiction and unseen, fate-deciding forces with Amie Kaufman.

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Just 22 years old when she wrote the first book in her wildly successful Divergent trilogy, Roth has gone on to sell more than 35 million copies in the series. The Divergent movies have packed cinemas across the world, too – with fans obsessing over Roth's gutsy heroine, Tris, and her epic journey of courage, sacrifice and coming of age in post-apocalyptic Chicago.

With her latest series, Carve the Mark, Roth again presents a dystopian vision. This time, it's a richly imagined intergalactic setting – replete with tyrants, conspiracies, fascinating technology and a powerful, invisible phenomenon known as 'the current'.

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