Hollywood's YA obsession continues unabated, and for viewers still famished after two servings of The Hunger Games, here’s Divergent. Neil Burger’s movie follows Games’ blueprint to the letter: female teen lead coming of age in a dystopian future, with revolution and romance in the air. And there’s a hit trilogy of books, by Veronica Roth, to draw from.
Where The Breakfast Club once divided teens into brain/athlete/princess/crimina l/basket case, Roth puts the adolescent notion of finding your place into a political context. Set in Chicago, 150 years into the future and a century after a war ravaged the land, a system is now in place to keep the peace, dividing society into five factions: Erudite, Candor, Dauntless, Abnegation and Amity.
While every person is free to choose their faction, 95 per cent remain with the one their parents belong to. “It all works,” sighs our heroine Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley). “Everyone knows where they belong – except for me.”