So let me just get this out of the way... I loved Divergent. More than the Hunger Games trilogy. There, I said it. Yes, I craved more when I finished reading the Hunger Games book. I couldn't wait to download Catching Fire. And I was curious how the trilogy would end in Mockingjay. Looking back, I realize that I enjoyed reading those books because they were so different than anything I'd read before. Much like the Twilight series, I questioned whether or not I would like them. And I did love Twilight and Hunger Games.
When I read Divergent last Wednesday, I literally couldn't put it down. It only took me a few hours to devour the book. The whole idea of a society based in the Chicago area, which is no longer the Chicago I know, was hard to imagine. What would it be like if the familiar landmarks were no longer recognizable? Or maybe they are recognizable, but they no longer serve the same purpose as they do now. Places like the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier and the
Then there is the whole concept of belonging to a faction. And there are only five of them. If you don't belong, you are then deemed Divergent. I couldn't help but think that I'd be divergent... although I loved the adventure of the Dauntless faction. How could one choose to leave behind the family they know and love?
After I finished, I realized just how much I struggled with the whole premis of the Hunger Games, which I think most readers would struggle with. It was very dark... and definitely sad. While I also struggled with the premis of the factions and a dystopian society in Divergent, it carried all of the action without so much of the sadness of the Hunger Games.
I'm so curious to get ahold of Insurgent to see if my initial reactions hold true. I can't believe I have to wait until May!