In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Well our good friend over at Movies.com, wrote a great article about DIVERGENT and why it will be the next Hunger Games.
The Volturi? A talking Lion? Witchcraft and wizardry? Divergent has its heightened moments, but in general everything is firmly grounded and, therefore, is something you can relate to.
When Beatrice is choosing her faction, you can’t help but wonder what you would do should you find yourself choosing between personal values and your family. By the time Beatrice makes her choice and is on her way to becoming a full-fledged faction member, you’re torn between her desperation to avoid becoming Factionless, the equivalent of being homeless, and the severity of the initiation tasks she must complete.
Similar to Hunger Games, Divergent also has quite a bit to say about government and means of managing the masses. It starts with this concept of the population being divided up into the five factions and whether or not that really is an effective structure, but then it transpires into something far less cut and dry, something devastatingly out of control and something we get to experience through Beatrice.
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