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!