Divergent trilogy


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The Divergent trilogy is a series of young adult science fiction adventure novels by American novelist Veronica Roth set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian Chicago. The trilogy consists of Divergent (2011), Insurgent (2012) and Allegiant (2013). A related book, Four (2014), presents a series of short stories told from the perspective of one of the trilogy’s characters. A later short story, We Can Be Mended (2018), serves as an epilogue five years after the events of the trilogy from the perspective of the same character as the previous add on.

The society of the trilogy defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five different factions, which removes the threat of anyone exercising independent will and threatening the population’s safety. Beatrice Prior, who later changes her name to Tris, an Abnegation-born and Dauntless transfer, must figure out her life as a Divergent, while concealing her true nature, and living with the danger of being killed if it is discovered by the Erudite and Dauntless leaders.

List of books

Divergent

Insurgent

Allegiant

We Can Be Mended: A Divergent Series Epilogue[edit]

Main characters

Critical reception

The trilogy received positive reviews from critics. Critics praised Divergent for its plot and action, while Insurgent was praised for its writing and pace. Another critic said that, “No one can argue that Divergent is not a fun, edge-of-your-seat read. It is easy to get submerged in, effortless to remain engaged in, and impossible not to enjoy even the slightest bit.” Allegiant was praised for being “gripping” and for the love story, but was criticized for its ending and prose.

Film adaptations

Summit Entertainment had bought the rights to film an adaptation of the novel and recruited Neil Burger to direct, with Shailene Woodley starring as Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton. Lionsgate and its subsidiary Summit Entertainment distributed the film. Kate Winslet was signed as Jeanine Matthews. Also recruited into the cast were Maggie Q as Tori, Zoe Kravitz as Christina, Ansel Elgort as Caleb, Miles Teller as Peter, Ashley Judd as Natalie Prior, Tony Goldwyn as Andrew Prior, and Jai Courtney as Eric. Divergent was released on March 21, 2014. Insurgent began filming in Atlanta on May 27, 2014. Insurgent was released on March 20, 2015. The adaptation of Allegiant was split into two parts; the first part, Allegiant, was released on March 18, 2016, while the second part, titled Ascendant, was originally planned to be released in June 2017. The big screen release of Ascendant was shelved due to the poor box office results of Allegiant. On July 20, 2016, it was announced that Ascendant will be released as a TV movie. The project was cancelled in December 2018 due to the lack of interest of the cast and network executives.

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