Divergent: Movie Review and Book Comparison

Photo via Summit Entertainment under Creative Commons license

Photo via Summit Entertainment under Creative Commons license

Divergent is not only a New York Times bestseller by Veronica Roth, but it is now a major motion picture that has become very successful in the box office making over $56 million in its opening weekend.

Divergent, the first book in the trilogy, tells the story from the point of view of a teenage girl named Tris.  Tris lives in a dystopian world that is divided by five factions: Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, Candor, and Tris’s home of Abnegation.

Each faction is known for a different trait, and they are all supposed to bring balance to society.

When the teenagers reach a certain age, they take a test to determine which faction they should belong in, and this allows them to decide whether or not they want to leave their families and their original faction.

Tris, on the other hand, receives results that are inconclusive, and it is up to her to choose her own faction in which to live.  These inconclusive results show that Tris is “divergent,” and they are considered dangerous to the factions.  It is up to Tris to make sure her divergent persona does not affect and hurt her friends, family, and her love interest, Four.

Divergent is a thrilling story of romance and action that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats and readers racing to the book store to find out what happens next in the second book in the trilogy.

Although the movie was very accurate to the book, there were some scenes that differed from what occurred in the story. Be prepared: there are some spoilers ahead.

First of all, there is a character that played a supporting role in the story named Edward.  Edward was a friend of Peter, who was an antagonist to Tris, and he was part of the evidence that showed Peter’s brutality.

In one part of the book, Peter is ranked second for their initiate training under his friend Edward, and this makes him jealous.  In an act of jealousy, Peter stabs Edward in the eye, which gives him a disadvantage in their training.

Edward was a character whose name was mentioned briefly and should have been in the movie because it showed the harsh side of Peter and how he was willing to do anything in order to succeed.

Shannon Kiss, a sophomore at South, agreed. “The movie follows the book closely, but I wish they added the scene where Peter stabs Edward in the eye.”

Another aspect of the movie that is different from the book is the development of Tris and Four’s relationship.  Throughout the story, Four and Tris gradually become closer, and this soon develops into a relationship.  In the movie, Four and Tris still barely know each other, but end up together anyway.

“I thought it was a good movie, but I was a little disappointed,” said sophomore Amanda Dedieu. “It left out a lot of important plot points, especially the progression of Tris and Four’s relationship.”

Despite some of the differences between the movie and book, the film still portrays the book accurately and the cast gives amazing performances as their characters.  Divergent is a must-see in theaters and a fantastic book to read.