As if you didn’t all know this already, I do enjoy a good young adult read and Veronica Roth’s trilogy doesn’t disappoint.
In this dystopian series, teens have to make some serious choices: what faction will they be for the rest of their lives? Will they be always truthful, brave, selfless, intelligent, or peaceful? So much so that they ignore or suppress the other four qualities.
The series follows Tess, a divergent who must decide which faction to choose. But, in the first book Divergent, we learn that Tess has a secret which she much keep at all costs. Tess opts to leave the selfless faction she’s always known and make a name for herself with people who value bravery above all else.
In Insurgent, a civil war has erupted and the factions Tess and her friends have always known are crumbling. Loyalties are tested as human nature shows its ugly side in a world that’s designed to keep society in check.
The third book, Allegiant, continues the battle between good and evil, tradition and future. Tess and her friends work to create a place for themselves in a world that has changed so much that there’s little resemblance to the world they were born into.
The series can be taken as a fun read, or as a warning against extreme shelter in today’s world. Then again, maybe the series is a metaphor of the struggle every teen goes through trying to find his or her place in the world: making their own path versus trying to retain the history and traditions they grew up with.
There is a fourth book, titled Four, however I haven’t read that and don’t know that I will. It tells part of the story from another perspective–that of a character named Four.
The first three books have been made into movies, which are now available on DVD. Yes, I’ve bought the movies. No, I haven’t watched them yet.
If you’ve read the books, or seen the movies, let me know what you think.
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