The latest young adult franchise is the “Divergent” series.
The movie based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Veronica Roth hit theatres last weekend.
Roth followed suit of many young adult novels of creating a futuristic or post-apocalyptic world. In her world, society is divided into “factions,” and each person takes an aptitude test at 16 to discover which faction for which they are best suited.
The results are kept secret. Following the aptitude test, there is a “choosing day,” where they decide if they are sticking with the results of the test or choosing something else.
The main character’s, Tris’s, aptitude test was inconclusive: she is a “divergent.” Divergents are difficult to control and therefore are normally killed.
Additionally, not having conclusive results from the aptitude test makes it more difficult to choose a faction. Tris chooses then tries to blend in with her faction and hide her divergence.
Roth chose to write her novel in first person from the point of view of Tris.
This decision allowed for readers to closely watch Tris’s transformation throughout the story as she encounters the obstacles that come with being divergent.
First person allowed for readers to more closely follow Tris and identify with her struggles.
Because it is a young adult novel, her target audience of readers will relate to Tris’s struggle to fit in and fine her place.
However, that’s not to say an older audience of readers cannot enjoy the story or even relate.
As college students, we are all often struggling to find out place in the world whether it be on campus or out in the work force.
Furthermore, “Divergent” has frequently been compared to “The Hunger Games.”
While the series have similar features (a strong heroine, a futuristic setting and a society divided up into groups, factions or districts), Roth has created her own story world. Her characters are well developed, and original and her world comes with its own rules and stipulations.
The similarities in plot lines and story elements is because of what is popular with readers in this day and age.
The story was for the most part original and captivating. In the middle, it started to feel slightly repetitive, but it definitely redeemed itself at the end.
This novel is worth picking up. Four stars.