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.

This past weekend, the first teaser trailer for Divergent premiered.  I enjoyed the book by Veronica Roth and it’s sequel, and am eagerly anticipating the final book in the series, so I’m excited to see how it will translate to the big screen.  Watch the trailer below, and then read on for my thoughts.

This teaser only gives us a vague sense of Divergent Continue reading

Book Review: Insurgent

Warning: This review contains some spoilers from the first book in the Divergent trilogy.  To read my review of Divergent, click here.

Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off.  Beatrice, who was recently inducted into the Dauntless faction at the top of her class, is on the run with Tobias and the survivors from the Abnegation massacre.  They managed to stop the “simulation” mind control that the Erudite were using to control most of the Dauntless, but at great cost.  Many of Beatrice’s family and friends are dead, and she has seen and done things that haunt her every thought.

If Divergent was all about finding your own path when the world wants you to fit in a particular slot, then Insurgent is about coming to terms with the choices you’ve made, and how to relate to paths chosen by others.   Continue reading

Book Review: Divergent

Divergent, the first book in a trilogy by Veronica Roth with a film adaptation coming next year, has been compared to The Hunger Games, and it’s easy to see why.  Both books feature strong female protagonists in violent and dangerous situations.  Both books have a similar tone, and are told in the same first person style aimed at “young adults” (my dislike for that term as related to books is a topic for another post).  However, that’s largely where the similarities stop.
Divergent, tells a story set in the post-war remnants of Chicago.
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