Wick, D. (Producer), & Burger, Neil (Director). (2014). Divergent [Motion picture]. United States: Lionsgate.
Based on Veronica Roth’s book of the same title, Divergent tells the story of Tris, who must decide whether she will continue to live with her family or leave them forever, while navigating the fact that she must hide her true self from the government.
For those who have read the book, the film adaptation follows the plot closely and accurately represents Roth’s story. For those who haven’t read the book, the movie is still enjoyable and can stand alone from the book. In fact, the movie is so captivating that it would likely prompt viewers to read the books.
Like the book, this movie would appeal to anyone who enjoys dystopian stories, action and adventure, and attempts to usurp controlling governments. Insofar that this is a dystopian film, it is similar to other hits like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. At the same time, it is unique and thrilling.
Because of its likeness to the book, as well as how good it is on its own, warrants this film a 5 out of 5, much like the book.
Roth, V. (2012). Insurgent. New York, NY: Katherine Tegen Books.
Tris’ story continues in the second book of the Divergent series as she must continue to fight for truth in her society, forcing her to risk everything she has—even her life—to uncover the secrets officials are trying to hide.
After the excitement of Divergent, this sequel does not disappoint. It is as engaging, exhilarating, and enthralling as the first novel. While coming in at almost 500 pages, the story moves the reader along at a rapid pace through the full and dramatic plot.
Anyone who has read Divergent would be salivating to read this sequel. The dystopian series would be appealing to anyone searching for adventure and drama. Teen readers and adult readers alike could be enveloped in this fast-paced series.
Sequels often run the risk of falling short after the excitement of the original. Insurgent is not such a book. While the ending may a little rushed, the high quality of the novel as a whole makes this book worth the read.
Like the first book, Insurgent is a 5, without doubt. The story is engaging, beckoning readers to ignore the bustle of their lives and lose themselves in Tris’ world.
Lu, M. (2011). Legend. New York, NY: Speak.
Welcome to the Republic of America, which can be found in the former city of Los Angeles, California. June, a privileged girl destined for a high ranking military career, and Day, the Republic’s most wanted criminal, lead very different lives until one day they are brought together and must confront the Republic.
This dystopian novel would appeal to fans of structured regimes, lying governments, and rebelling youth. Readers who liked The Hungers Games or Divergent or who are looking to get into the dystopian genre would enjoy Legend. It is filled with action, adventure, and a little bit of romance.
I would give this book a 4 out of 5. The concept is unique, and the characters are likeable and relatable. At times, the plot lags a little and can be a slightly predictable, but, as a whole, this book is worth the read.
Roth, V. (2011). Divergent. New York, NY: Katherine Tegen Books.
When teens turn sixteen in the futuristic and dystopic Chicago, they must take an aptitude test to figure out where they fit into their society. But for Beatrice Prior, the aptitude test doesn’t work. She doesn’t favour one aptitude over another. She is divergent.
Divergent, a dystopic novel, would likely appeal to fans of the Hunger Games trilogy. Readers get to meet a strong female lead who must stand up against the government. The series is also being made into movies.
The story is fast paced, stimulating, and, perhaps most importantly, captivating. Some readers might feel intimidated by the thickness of this book (487 pages). But, the story is so engaging that before they know it, readers will be finished and salivating for the next book in the series.
On a scale of 1 to 5, this book is definitely a 5. It is well-written, there are complex and engaging characters and themes, and, best of all, you can’t put it down.