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Divergent

I’m SO excited about “Divergent“, which will be released March 21, 2014. After years of staying away from dystopian novels – I just felt they’d be so depressing – I picked up my first YA dystopian novel earlier this year and yes, it was Divergent, by Veronica Roth. It was such a great read and totally transformed my opinion about the dystopian genre.

The world in Divergent is one in which everyone belongs to one of five factions: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Once a year, every 16-year-old must choose the faction to which they will belong for the rest of their life.

Most people choose the faction in which they’ve grown up; doing so means they get to stay with their family and their friends. Having a child who chooses another faction is viewed as quite a shameful thing. Beatrice Prior, faced with this choice, does the unexpected – it’s a choice that puts her in a very different world than the one in which she grew up.

I was very excited when I saw the first trailer for “Divergent” has just been released.

I must admit, though, I’m a little disappointed in this trailer. What I really enjoyed about the novel was Tris (Shailene Woodley) (Tris is the new name Beatrice chooses after selecting her faction). In the book, Tris is smart and she’s strong, both mentally and, as the story progresses, physically. She goes through a lot of stunning changes, but even at the beginning, that smart, tough core is still there.

Trailers are so short, it can be hard to tell how a character will be portrayed; hopefully Tris will be just as tough and smart in the movie as she is in the novel.

Have you read Divergent? What are your thoughts on the trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

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