The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth includes the books Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. It is a teen fiction trilogy that has had a few fair comparisons to The Hunger Games. Both are set in a dystopian future, though this one is a little less terrifying, at least to start with. With a film adaptation set for release shortly, now is the time to pick up this series.
|Divergent Kindle Edition – from Amazon|
Tris, the protagonist, is likeable right from the start. In the same way that our 16 year old’s have to choose their next steps in life, so does Tris. These choices will affect the rest of their lives as will hers, it is entirely appropriate and something that everyone can relate to. Even if they have passed this point of in their life. Tris also has to take a test which will help her choose her next step, sound familiar?
I thoroughly enjoyed all three books. They are written in first person yet, unlike a lot of books, this didn’t grate on me. The narration isn’t annoying or childish, which for teen fiction is relatively impressive and rare. Difficult topics are discussed throughout the book, this is not a story that shies away from those things we would wish to ignore. Also, unlike a lot of teen fiction and books in general, there aren’t compromises made in the reality to make the plot work a certain way. For example, the end of Harry Potter when we all know he should die but miraculously gets saved… None of that, no convenient loopholes or miraculous recoveries.
From the reviews I read online, I was expecting the final book to be a let down – in a similar way that The Hunger Games was. For me though, it was the best of them all. I have never highlighted so many sections of a book that resonated with me as in that one book.
In my opinion, the best books are ones that examine human nature and leave us wanting to better ourselves. This trilogy does just that, it shows us that we all have to make decisions – some of them impossible. That doesn’t necessarily make any of us brave or heroes, in fact it is sometimes insulting to suggest that, both to those who are actual heroes and those who are just trying to cope.
If you enjoy your teen fiction, or just feel like reading a book that is designed to ensnare you, give this trilogy a chance. It’s one of the best I’ve read in a long while and one I will most definitely be reading again.