Review: Divergent

To the casual observer, Divergent might seem like an attempt to cash in on the success of The Hunger Games, especially when you consider the number of similarly themed previews that showed before Divergent.  It seems like “young adult” (hate that term) post-apocalyptic stories are “in” these days, and those who haven’t read the Divergent books might be tempted to write the film adaptation off as just another clone.  However, to do so would be a mistake, as the Divergent series has a lot to offer, even if this first film is perhaps not everything we might have hoped it would be.  The books are filled with interesting ideas and compelling characters and I hope the remaining books are adapted for the screen, because the story covered in the two remaining books is interesting and unconventional, and would make for movies very different than we’re used to.

Divergent tells the story of Beatrice Prior, who was born in a ruined, future version of Chicago, where the citizens are divided into five factions, each of which embodies a certain desirable trait and fulfills a certain role in society.  Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: Divergent

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found trailers to be endlessly fascinating.

Back in August we got our first look at the film version of Divergent in the form of a teaser trailer.  In the past couple of weeks, a newer, longer version of that trailer has appeared, hitting many of the same beats as the teaser, but with extended looks into the world of Veronica Roth’s books (the trilogy recently came to its conclusion with Allegiant).  Take a look, and read on for my thoughts:

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Book Review/Analysis: Allegiant

Warning, this review contains spoilers for the previous books of the series, Divergent and Insurgent.

Allegiant, the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, picks up right where its predecessor left off.  At the end of Insurgent the factionless had taken over, doing away with the faction system and killing the leader of the Erudite.  A video had been found which revealed that the city was sealed and the faction system put in place in order to fix the problems of the outside world, and that when enough Divergent had appeared they were to emerge into the larger world to fulfill that purpose.  Tris and Tobias/Four had reconciled and decided to no longer keep secrets from each other.  What we were left with at the end of book two was a long list of questions and an uncertainty as to what could possibly happen next.

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