Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The One Choice in "Divergent" by Cara Haley

                 New York Times bestselling book,Divergent by Veronica Roth, has been filmed and will be released in theaters on April 21. It films in on another dystopian society, one which is divided in five fractions based on virtues. Leading star, Beatrice Prior,(played by Shailene Woodley)finds herself on Appointed Day where every sixteen-year-old, like herself, must decide on which faction to devote the rest of their lives to. Beatrice draws herself to the decision set between either her family or to experience freedom for herself. Such as the book did, the movie keys in on Beatrice and her choice that changes everything. Like almost every strong heroine, Beatrice fights for endurance, experiences betrayal, and of course, meets an attractive male character. Directed by Neil Burger, the film is well cast and has great expectations for grand quality.
               When I read the book, I admired Veronica Roth's strong female character, who takes a journey that continues on throughout struggles and very much promotes bravery, but it fell a bit short in the detail department. In every author's artistic masterpiece, I admire captivating details. In Divergent, it sets in on the Prior family, which you later discover is quite dysfunctional. Beatrice describes her family, which she known for her entire life, as quaint, selfless people, but found shortly later in the book that their true characteristics were well hidden. The reader, who doesn't have a strong basic foundation of the parents' behavior, is easily persuaded along with the story. Other than some short detail descriptions such as the dramatic change in Al, I thought that the characters' struggles indicated the demotion of fundamental structure, which fits quite well in this defective society. The change in Beatrice, who went from a stiff indecisive individual to a courageous, occasionally fiercely violent, leader, was much rather approved. But the main thing that I will always question is the purpose of the unending train. It never stopped, even when the entire power shut down in the takeover. The train wasn't even behind schedule with all the drama that night. Also it surely cost a lot of money to run a train without a single stop. And is there more than one train or is that lone train always conveniently there for you? That train comes with a load of questions; no wonder everyone prefers to jump off of it.
               Divergent has its own unique character to it and I don't advise not reading it. Though the motives weren't as effective as I expected it to be, it did fulfill on bringing another world to life and I admired that. If you want to read an alluring dystopian novel, my first recommendation would be to the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins or the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, but the Divergent Trilogy would be a second choice in pleasurable reading. Divergent has its own imaginative concept to it and that is what made it even more unique. So hearing much about this best seller, you should make that one decision to see Divergent in theaters and decide on your own opinion about this golden nominee. And don't forget to keep an extra eye on that devious train now.

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