Following the relatively new trend of dystopian novels, Divergent seems to be typical story depicting a dreary world where groups of people are being divided up by the government in order to “help” the citizens discover more about themselves and benefit society the best they can. The details throughout the book are both intriguing and original but the overall concept shadows one much like the Hunger Games trilogy. A female heroine who is questioning more to life is a somewhat beaten in topic and this novel has done nothing that sets itself apart from many of the other series that are floating around in pop culture today. Though very successful, Divergent seems to lack both an original theme as well an extremely deep level of thinking and analysis.
It is relatively easy to compare our teenage heroine Beatrice or “Tris” as she renames herself later in the novel to Miss Katniss Everdeen, a pop sensation that struck millions of people with her signature bow and arrows. Both characters put on a mask of strength and act tough in order to survive in the harsh world that surrounds them when in fact each of them contain worries and doubts of their future. They are both sharp in their mind, quick on their feet, and portray the ability to think critically in stressful and possibly harmful situations. However, neither Beatrice or Katniss start at the top of the food chain and must learn how to survive in the environment they had thrown themselves into or die trying. In both novels, the heroine seeks out independance from the life that they have grown up in, shown in Divergent when Beatrice chooses Dauntless over her family’s faction, Abnegation and shown in The Hunger Games when Katniss attempts to eat the poisonous berries that end the life of her and the only other competitor, Peeta Mellark.
In the first quarter of the book, the content of Divergent has been mostly cut and dry to a point where we can understand what is happening in the story as well as what is Beatrice is thinking. There is very little wiggle room for analysis so far in the novel. Overall, I think that Divergent is more of a “beach” book than anything else.