Appealing to the market already created by The Hunger Games books and movies, Divergent is more simplistic and edgy, without all the bells and whistles. With similar themes of survival of the fittest and grappling with authority, Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago society and begins with a coming-of-age ceremony that determines which of five factions young people will fit into.
Main character Tris (Shailene Woodley) chooses the warrior faction called Dauntless and joins the training academy that teaches weapons and fighting. Drawing on her inner strength she climbs through the ranks, outshining in a test that uses serum to induce a hallucination simulation state, while harbouring a dangerous secret. (MS)
BY MEL SOMERVILLE