I have just finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and I have moved onto the second book in the Divergent trilogy. The other books in the series are called Insurgent and Allegiant.
It has been fantastic being able to find time to read. I have just completed my teacher training programme and any spare time was filled with coursework, prep work, lesson plans and essays. Now I can breathe and enjoy getting through the pile of books on my floor.
Divergent is about a young girl called Beatrice. She lives in the post modern American city of Chicago where society has been divided into factions called Abnegation, Candor, Erudite and Dauntless. Each faction is responsible for running a particular part of society. The members of each group have certain characteristics and personality types that make them perfect for certain tasks.
Each year young people have to take an aptitude test and this determines which group they will belong to. Beatrice is different. She doesn’t fit the mould of one particular group. She is called Divergent and this is dangerous because it means that she is like a free spirit. She can not be manipulated or controlled.
There are members of society who do not like these characteristics. They are threatened and will do anything to ensure divergent people do not exist. One of the factions plots to overthrow the government and seize control. The story is about how society has become fractured and how a group of outsiders try to cope with uncertain dangers they face.
Why I Like The Divergent Series
I am loving the trilogy so far because it has a main character who is a young woman. We know that we need to have more female role models right? She is a small thing but she is strong-willed and feisty. The story is also part love story, with the love interest coming in the shape of a young man called “Four”.
I think these books were written for the young adult market but they are great for any age group. It is an easy read and a great storyline.
The books have done well, so naturally a movie has been made, with at least two more to follow.
The film stars Shailene Woodley as Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton. Kate Winslet plays the baddie and she does it very well. The film is now available to buy on DVD.
I liked the film. It was able to include quite a lot of the details from the book and the tension built up very nicely. I am certainly looking forward to the future films in the trilogy.
Should You Read The Divergent Trilogy?
If you are a fan of stories like The Hunger Games Trilogy then I would definitely recommend this collection of books. The writing is straightforward, it is an easy read and it is a nice story to get absorbed in.
Have Your Say: Do you make time to read? Have you read the Divergent Trilogy? What did you think? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.