I love to read, and you can often find me curled up with a good book in a cor­ner some­where — espe­cially dur­ing the win­ter weather. I’m a huge fan of the Diver­gent tril­ogy by Veron­ica Roth and I’ve been hang­ing out for the final instal­ment for months. Alle­giant just hit book­stores about a week ago and I’m halfway through the novel right now and it’s great so far. But I’m nowhere near the end so no spoil­ers or I’ll have to track your ip and come and kill you!

The Diver­gent tril­ogy is set in a dystopian future and fol­lows 16-year-old Beat­rice Prior. It has been com­pared to The Hunger Games as a sim­i­lar young adult novel and that is an obser­va­tion I both agree and dis­agree with, some­thing I’ll talk more about later. In this future, the pop­u­la­tion is divided into 5 fac­tions based on the qual­i­ties they wish to embody most: Abne­ga­tion (self­less­ness), Can­dor (hon­esty), Amity (peace), Daunt­less (courage) and Eru­dite (intel­li­gence). The fac­tions har­bor some obvi­ous dis­crim­i­na­tion between them­selves and it’s an inter­est­ing look into the way we, as humans tend to seg­re­gate ourselves.

Fac­tion comes before fam­ily and once you have cho­sen yours there is very lit­tle chance you will ever have the oppor­tu­nity to talk to any­one from out­side your fac­tion; they really mean busi­ness! How­ever, based on a quick apti­tude test the deci­sion is easy for most peo­ple. The first book fol­lows “Tris” or Beatrice’s choices as she turns 16 and must choose which fac­tion she will belong to for the rest of her life — com­pli­cated by the fact that her mind is dis­cov­ered to be “Diver­gent”. This means she does not slot eas­ily into one cat­e­gory like every­body else; she’s a ‘loose can­non’ so to speak and she must keep her new­found iden­tity a secret.

I won’t say much else about the story as I don’t want to risk spoil­ers! I think this tril­ogy has been fab­u­lous so far. I’m so excited for the movie com­ing out next year I could die, ugh. There’s a great level of action with­out being neg­li­gent to the sto­ry­line. It’s a real page­turner, full of cli­mac­tic and tense sto­ry­line. Obvi­ously there’s a roman­tic inter­est but it doesn’t drip all over the story with gooey love scenes like most young adult nov­els tend to do (obvi­ously not one of my favourite things).

What makes this story so much bet­ter than “just any old” young adult novel is the pro­tag­o­nist, Tris. This is where I also draw the par­al­lels between Diver­gent and The Hunger Games. Tris is an aver­age teenage girl and really relat­able. She doesn’t morph into super­woman as soon as the story needs a kick­ass hero to save the day, she isn’t always doing what is con­sid­ered “good” and “right­eous” all the time; she makes mis­takes, she grows up, she learns just like we do. Even she is guilty of a lit­tle dis­crim­i­na­tion for the first book in the series.

Unless you’ve been liv­ing under a rock you’ve prob­a­bly heard of/have seen/have read The Hunger Games, so I’ll just power on as though you have, sorry if you haven’t read them! I like The Hunger Games for the same rea­sons, the story is a lot more real when the main pro­tag­o­nist is so relat­able and human. Tris reminds me of Kat­niss in the sense that they both make mis­takes and are not perfect.

The two series are sim­i­lar as they’re both set in a less-than-desirable future, with a teenage female pro­tag­o­nist who has to take a stand and join a rev­o­lu­tion, and a roman­tic story on the side. Other than that, these books are com­pletely dif­fer­ent and I don’t think Diver­gent in any way is “just a copy” of The Hunger Games. Nev­er­the­less, if you liked THG you should love Diver­gent too, it’s excellent!

Check out the Diver­gent trailer for 2014! I’ve got high hopes, I really do think they could live up to the book some­what. I think Shai­lene Wood­ley and Theo James were cast per­fectly, I can’t wait to see how they perform.
So has any­one read this series? What did you think? Let me know in the com­ments below!