Chris Hanna

DIVERGENT

YA novels make strategic film adaptations because of their existing and rabid fan bases, but I’ll admit I didn’t know about Veronica Roth’s Divergent series until the film version was announced last year. (I’ve since ordered it from Amazon because I was a few dollars away from getting free shipping on my order. I’ve yet to read it, but will soon.)

Divergent is the first big book-to-screen adaptation of the year, with 2014 especially promising for the unstoppable genre: coming soonest is an adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars which, like Divergent, stars Shailene Woodley, followed by The GiverThe Maze Runner, and Mockingjay, the third of four films in the Hunger Games series, set for Nov. 21.

Divergent, like The Hunger Games, takes place in a futuristic, dystopian United States. Also like The Hunger Games, it features…

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