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Divergent – In March, the movie – and Allegiant, the third book, is on order

4420893_HiResIn case you missed it, the first Divergent movie trailer was released on Sunday night during the VMA preshow.

Here’s the trailer in all of it’s YouTubeness glory.

For those who haven’t read the trilogy by Veronica Roth on which the movie is based, the trailer makes an attempt at explaining the books’ complicated mythology: In the future, people are sorted by personality in order to be best subjugated by society. Woodley’s character, Tris Prior, is, however, ‘Divergent’ — someone not easily sorted and thus a threat. It’s a little much to explain in just a little more than a minute… but, knife-throwing! — Time online

Divergent is due in theaters on March 21, 2014.

Can’t wait to watch the film? Hey, the book is *always* better in our opinion.  Check out what we have in the collection here at Indianapolis Public Library!




The book


The audiobook on CD


The downloadable e-book


The downloadable audiobook



Free Four on downloadable e-book.

This is a novella, in which a pivotal Divergent scene is retold from another point of view.



The book


The audiobook on CD


The downloadable e-book


The downloadable audiobook


Book 3, Allegiant, is on order. Due out October 22.

Happy reading and remember: “what makes you different, makes you dangerous…..”

— Janet Spaulding, MIchael Perry

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth (And the Library’s Teen Films June 24-30)

DivergentDivergent is a sharply-written first novel by a recent Northwestern Un. Grad. This teen SF novel will be popular with the same readers who liked The Hunger Games series, especially young women looking for a strong heroine breaking away from a limited existence and facing difficult and deadly odds.

In the generations after a war which has destroyed much of Chicago, the residents have divided into 5 “factions”, each based on a philosophical principle. Beatrice, just turned 16, has grown up in the Abnegation faction, which believes that selfishness was the cause of the disasters of the past and that denial of self and focus on others is the key to avoiding future conflicts. The other factions are Dauntless (pro-bravery), Erudite (pro-education and research), Candor (pro-honesty), and Amity (pro-peace). The different factions tend to do different jobs within the community of factions. E.g., Abnegation provides government leaders, Erudite provide teachers and scientists, Dauntless provides security and defense, etc.

Once a year all of the 16 year-olds go through aptitude tests to inform them about which faction matches their personality. They can choose to remain with their families, or choose the faction that matches their aptitude results, or go against both and choose something else. They then become initiates in the faction they choose. If they do not choose or if they fail to fit into their choice, they become “factionless” and have to live outside the norms of this society, driving trucks, doing manual labor, even perhaps being homeless and impoverished (although we see little evidence that the members of the factions have any true understanding of what life outside the factions is like).

Beatrice is told secretly during her aptitude tests that she is “Divergent” and to never tell anyone. It appears to mean someone who doesn’t clearly fit any one faction but who has characteristics of more than one. The real meaning turns out to be much more significant than that. Beatrice chooses “Dauntless” and then discovers that all of the new initiates have to pass a severe series of trials of their physical and mental toughness. Not all will pass. The losers will become factionless.

Beatrice finds her toughness but also finds hints that this society of factions has the potential to come apart violently.

Very exciting, page-turning story with good main characters, although the “villains” are stereotyped. Still, not many flaws for a first novel and the energy of the story and writing style carry the reader over any beginner bumps. There is a level of violence similar to that of The Hunger Games. The second book, Insurgent, was just released. We’ll be eager to read that, too. It will be reviewed next week.


Here are next week’s teen movies. Click on any title to see where else it is playing this summer.

Real Steel


Tue., June 26, 5:45 pm pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol


Wed., Jun 27, 6:00 pm

Stomp the Yard


Fri., Jun 29, 3:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Spades Park

Fri., June 29, 3:00 pm


College Avenue

Sat., Jun 30, 2:00 pm

War Horse


Sat., Jun 30, 2:00 pm

Real Steel


Sat., June 30, 2:00 pm