Attention Hunger Games enthusiasts: There will be another amazing book trilogy coming to theaters soon. This is my flashing red light, waving flag, wailing siren and any other forewarning to read the book before the movie hits the big screen.
“Divergent” by Veronica Roth was a birthday gift. When I was told I would like it just as much, if not more, than “The Hunger Games,” I scowled in disbelief. In fact, I’m pretty sure I laughed at the comment. (I’m a Hunger Games fanatic).
It actually took me a while to open the book, but I was determined to finish it before the movie appeared in theaters. In fact, I refused to even watch the trailer of the film until I read the very last page of the novel.
It didn’t take long for me to get sucked into the world of different factions and suspicious characters. The real world didn’t even exist for about a full week of my winter break. I even related my surroundings to the book, asking myself which faction each of my family members or friends would belong to.
In the book, the society is divided into five communities, or “factions”. Each faction has its own theme — Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent).
At the age of 16, all teenagers are given a test to determine what faction they would be best suited for and then can select a new faction if they please. However, for Beatrice, the test results not only make her decision a bit more complicated, but put her life in a great deal of danger.
While this book does not have quite the same storyline as “The Hunger Games,” it does seem to fall into the genre that appeals to the same readers. “Divergent” has thrills, romance, mystery and surprises in each chapter.
One of the best elements of “Divergent” is the shadiness of each character. Every individual has a secret, whether it is evil, life threatening or kept for the good of others, and each secret is exposed at the most unexpected time.
The twists and turns of the book keep you on your toes and wanting more, making it difficult to get a good night’s rest. I highly suggest reading it on a weekend or long break.
It is mind-blowing what kind of intellectual mind Roth must have to write a book with such a creative new spin. After watching the trailer, it is predictable that it will be a sell out. But, I cannot stress enough that reading the book beforehand will not disappoint.
Rarely does a quality feature film compare to a book. So, take my advice when I say to snuggle up with some hot chocolate and “Divergent” on a cold day, and prepare to not have a life for a few days.