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Veronica Roth is an American New York Times best-selling author of urban fantasy and young adult fantasy.

She is best known for Chosen Ones Series, the Divergent series, the Carve the Mark duology, and The End and Other Beginnings (2019)—a short story collection.

Born in New York City, Veronica attended Northwestern University, where she studied creative writing.

She made her debut as a novelist in 2011 with Divergent, the first books in the Divergent Series.

Divergent (2011), Insurgent (2012) and Allegiant (2013) were all adapted into films, grossing more than $765 million worldwide.

The guest editor of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021, Veronica currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

More about Veronica Roth

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Born: 1988

United States

Website: https://veronicarothbooks.com/

Non Series

  • Arch-Conspirator (2023)
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 (Book Seven) (2021)

Carve the Mark

  1. Carve the Mark (2017)
  2. The Fates Divide (2018)

Chosen Ones

  1. Chosen Ones (2020)
  2. Poster Girl (2022)

Collections

  1. The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future (2019)

Divergent Books

  1. The Transfer: A Divergent Novella (2013)
  2. The Initiate: A Divergent Novella (2014)
  3. The Son: A Divergent Novella (2014)
  4. The Traitor: A Divergent Novella (2014)
  5. Divergent (2011)
  6. Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Story (2012)
  7. Insurgent (2012)
  8. We Can Be Mended: A Divergent Novella (2017)
  9. Allegiant (2013)

Forward

  1. Ark (Book One) (2019)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Arch-Conspirator

Outside the last city on Earth, the planet is a wasteland. Without the Archive, where the genes of the dead are stored, humanity will end.

Passing into the Archive should be cause for celebration, but Antigone’s parents were murdered, leaving her father’s throne vacant. As her militant uncle Kreon rises to claim it, all Antigone feels is rage. When he welcomes her and her siblings into his mansion, Antigone sees it for what it really is: a gilded cage, where she is a captive as well as a guest.

But her uncle will soon learn that no cage is unbreakable. And neither is he.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B09Y47J18Y
Publisher: Tor Books
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 (Book Seven)

This year’s selection of science fiction and fantasy stories, chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and bestselling author of the Divergent series Veronica Roth, showcases a crop of authors that are willing to experiment and tantalize readers with new takes on classic themes and by exchanging the ordinary for the avant-garde. 

Folktales and lore come alive, the dead rise, the depths of space are traversed, and magic threads itself through singular moments of love and loss, illuminating the circulatory nature of life, death, the in-between, and the hereafter. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 captures the all-too-real cataclysm of human nature, claiming its place in the series with compelling prose, lyrical composition, and curiosity’s never-ending pursuit of discovering the unknown.

NB: Here is the complete list of the series by various authors:

1. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (2015)

2. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 (2016)

3. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (2017)

4. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (2018)

5. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 (2019)

6. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 (2020)

7. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 (2021)

8. The Best American Science Fiction And Fantasy 2022 (2022)

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0358469964
Publisher: Mariner Books

Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark

Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. 

Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both.

When Akos and Cyra are caught in the middle of a raging rebellion, everything they’ve been led to believe about their world and themselves must be called into question. But fighting for what’s right might mean betraying their countries, their families, and each other.

When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062348647
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
The Fates Divide

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0062426963
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Chosen Ones

Chosen Ones

THE LAST THING SHE WANTED WAS TO GET BACK INTO THE HERO GAME.

THE VILLAIN: The Dark One—probably not fun at parties, definitely cool with murder—was running around North America engulfing whole cities in supernatural chaos and destruction.

THE HEROES: Five Chosen Ones—ordinary strangers with nothing in common—were recruited by the government because they fit the narrow criteria of a prophecy made by [redacted]. You know the rest…heroes fought villain, heroes defeated villain, and everything went back to normal.

Only...not so much.

Now, it's ten years later, and Sloane Andrews, recovering Chosen One, has discovered that all the fame, gratitude, and parade floats in the world can’t erase what she endured—what she had to do—to take down the Dark One. All she wants now is to be left alone, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

As it turns out, that plan for annihilation set in motion by the Dark One? It’s not finished yet. Last time, Sloane saved the day with a magical needle and a can-do attitude. This time, she’s fresh out of both.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0358451174
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Poster Girl

WHAT'S RIGHT IS RIGHT.

Sonya Kantor knows this slogan—she lived by it for most of her life. For decades, everyone in the Seattle-Portland megalopolis lived under it, as well as constant surveillance in the form of the Insight, an ocular implant that tracked every word and every action, rewarding or punishing by a rigid moral code set forth by the Delegation.

Then there was a revolution. The Delegation fell. Its most valuable members were locked in the Aperture, a prison on the outskirts of the city. And everyone else, now free from the Insight’s monitoring, went on with their lives.

Sonya, former poster girl for the Delegation, has been imprisoned for ten years when an old enemy comes to her with a deal: find a missing girl who was stolen from her parents by the old regime, and earn her freedom. The path Sonya takes to find the child will lead her through an unfamiliar, crooked post-Delegation world where she finds herself digging deeper into the past—and her family’s dark secrets—than she ever wanted to.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0063268159
Publisher: HarperLuxe

Collections

The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future

No world is like the other. Within this masterful collection, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people still must confront deeply human problems.

In these six stories, Veronica Roth reaches into the unknown and draws forth something startlingly familiar and profoundly beautiful.

With tales of friendship and revenge, plus two new stories from the Carve the Mark universe, this collection has something for new and old fans alike. Each story begins with a hope for a better end, but always end with a better understanding of the beginning.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062796530
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Divergent Books

The Transfer: A Divergent Novella

More Four!

Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by ‘The Transfer’, the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective.

Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B00DG261BG
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
The Initiate: A Divergent Novella

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be delighted by "Four: The Initiate," the second of four stories, each between fifty and seventy-five pages long, set in the world of Divergent and told from Tobias's point of view.

"The Initiate" provides readers with a glimpse into Tobias's Dauntless initiation experience, including an epic game of late-night Dare; his first tattoo; the beginning of his passion for training new initiates; and his nascent understanding of the danger of being Divergent.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00DG26170
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
The Son: A Divergent Novella

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "Four: The Son," the third of four stories, each between fifty and seventy-five pages long, set in the world of Divergent and told from Tobias's perspective.

In "The Son," Tobias struggles to find a place in the hierarchy of the Dauntless. He also begins to suspect that a foul plan may be brewing within the Dauntless leadership and discovers a truth about his past that could greatly affect his future.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00DG261NY
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
The Traitor: A Divergent Novella

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be excited by "Four: The Traitor," the fourth of four stories, each between fifty and seventy-five pages long, set in the world of Divergent and told from Tobias's point of view.

"The Traitor" takes place two years after "The Son" and runs parallel with the early events in Divergent. In this robust story, readers follow Tobias as he uncovers the details of an Erudite plan that could threaten the faction system, and makes plans of his own to keep Abnegation safe. At the same time, Tobias is getting to know a new transfer initiate: Tris Prior.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00DG261UW
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Divergent

In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent). Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. Beatrice Prior must choose between staying with her family and being who she really is. Her choice shocks everyone – including herself.

During the initiation that follows, Tris and her fellow initiates undergo extreme tests with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends really are – and whether she can trust the man who both threatens and protects her.

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those she loves…or it might destroy her.

Divergent
Director: Neil Burger
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet
Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0008468941
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Story

This thirteen-page scene reveals unknown facts and fascinating details about Four's character, his past, his own initiation, and his thoughts about new Dauntless initiate Tris Prior.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B008B11K04
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Insurgent

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable - and even more powerful. 

Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet
Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0062024053
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
We Can Be Mended: A Divergent Novella

As Tobias struggles to understand and move past his fears, the world he once knew has changed beyond recognition. Fringe-dwellers, ex-faction members, Bureau dropouts, and migrants now coexist in the rebuilt streets of Chicago.

It’s a new, better world—one where he isn't sure how to belong. As everyone else seems to move forward, Tobias is still haunted by those who couldn’t. But new connections from old friends help him begin to heal—and mend.

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B078GN6N2R
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Allegiant

One choice will define you. What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

Told from a riveting dual perspective, this third installment in the series follows Tris and Tobias as they battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and their selves—while facing impossible choices of courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Bill Skarsgård, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts
Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0062024077
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Forward

Ark (Book One)

On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose...

It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond. Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.

As certain doom hurtles nearer, the unexpected and beautiful potential for the future begins to flower.

NB: Veronica Roth’s Ark is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Here is the complete list of the series:

1. Ark (2019) by Veronica Roth

2. Summer Frost (2019) by Blake Crouch

3. Emergency Skin (2019) by N K Jemisin

4. You Have Arrived at Your Destination (2019) by Amor Towles

5. The Last Conversation (2019) by Paul Tremblay

6. Randomize (2019) by Andy Weir

Author: Veronica Roth
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07VBCYYJX
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories