Diveregent, written by Veronica Roth, is a book that captivated me from the start. I am a big fan of dystopian books, yet before this the only one I had read was The Hunger Games. I was very concerned this would be similar, or even mirror, The Hunger Games. I am very happy to say that they are two incredibly different books, and I may have even liked Divergent better that the first Hunger Games! Personally though, I think the rest of the series goes downhill, but this one is great! Divergent follows Beatrice Prior, a young girl in the middle of a run down Chicago. She is moments away from choosing which of the five factions, that this world revolves around, she will go into… Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), or Erudite (the intelligent)… What she finds out, and the choice she makes will change everything… So lets talk about characters for a second. The love story of Tris and Four is very obvious, so I don’t even think it was necessary to warn you of a spoiler, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Each chapter that went by, and each time they were together I kept rooting for their relationship to move forward. Four is a very complex character, and as the book moves along you are drip-fed more information about him. Eric was a character I also loved, he wasn’t very deep but the image he put in my head was fantastic…. Obviously there are many other characters in this that serve other vital roles, but you can find that out for yourself. In the end I thought Divergent was a great story that flowed well. Every chapter ended with something I needed to read in the following chapter. Every relationship was important and nothing felt shoehorned. The world of this series is vast, complex, and amazing. There are many things I like about this book, I only wish the other books didn’t go down hill until this series was inevitably a pile of shit by the end… More on that later.
I waited a few days after watching this to let it set in, see if any of my views on it changed. They didn’t, for its genre this was a good movie, and I liked it a lot more than the book (not that it matters in a movie review). Though not an amazing movie by any standards you get out of it as much as you could have possibly hoped for. It is in my opinion the best of all of these “teen post-apocalyptic dystopian book to movie adaptation” movies. When if you think about it for a second is ridiculous we are still somehow getting a new one every few months. Anyway, this is the best of the bunch so far. The world is large, the scope is wide, the action feels nerve racking. Twists and turns everywhere, and most of the characters are solid. The least of which is the chemistry between the two main characters, which should be most important. I still feel weird watching them together. The best of which is Peter played by Miles Teller. Miles steals the screen whenever he is on it with his never-out-of-role acting and supreme confidence, I don’t know if its him or the writer but either way it’s great. I couldn’t get through the third book but this definitely has me excited for the movie!