I watched Divergent when it came out in the movie theaters. And once again (I know, hangs head in shame), I haven’t read this novel.
Actually, even though I love Fantasy/ Paranormal novels and YA, I hadn’t heard of this novel until I heard about the movie.
If I like the movie, then I’ll love the book, right?
This movie is a dystopian post-apocalyptic genre. Normally, I don’t read this genre. However, to me, this story utilizes the backdrop/timeline of a dystopian society and where other books stop there (like Hunger Games), it weaves in a glimmer of SciFi. At least, that is my opinion.
A city is divided into five sections: each having a specific dress code, rules, and customs. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) has been raised under Abnegation (the selfless). She years to be in Dauntless (the brave). Comparing these two would be the difference between a pacifist drab cult and daredevil cops.
Once a year, all teens 16-yrs old, take an aptitude test that shows them the best fraction/section they belong to. However, later there is a ceremony that allows the candidates to choose their affiliation. Once this choice is made, they must pass all the training/test of their section or be turned out … homeless unable to go back to their birth fraction or drift into another one.
Beatrice takes her test and scores in three fractions. Something rare and dangerous. Why? Because they government likes people in boxes and she fits easily into three or more. They won’t be able to control her (which becomes more evident later in this movie that is originally implied).
I loved the excitement and plot of this movie. Even though Tris (her name once she joins Dauntless), has scored in her aptitude test for Dauntless, she still struggles. She ranks nearly last and must improve or become kicked out.
She meets Four (Theo James) and the two become friends and fall in love.
One of her enemies, besides the government, is Eric (Jai Courtney). He continually pesters and torments her.
The only thing I did not like about this movie is Tris’ showdown with Eric. It went by too fast and wasn’t gritty enough. Like his comeuppance didn’t equal his guilt.
I rate this movie 4/5 stars.
Insurgent (the second Divergent movie) is scheduled to release March 20, 2015 and Allegiant a year later on March 18, 2016.
Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.
Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.
Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.