Divergent | Chicago Reader


Like The Hunger Games, Divergent is adapted from a young-adult novel (the first in a trilogy, naturally) and speaks to the postapocalyptic survivalist in every 15-year-old girl. A century after some vaguely referenced world war, all of human society has divided itself into five tribes based on people's personality type—the smart, the brave, the honest, the selfless, the pacifist—and teenagers choose their affiliation in a public coming-of-age ritual. Young Beatrice (Shailene Woodley) throws in with the brave, or "Dauntless," much to the consternation of her selfless parents (Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwin). But there's a catch: in her diagnostic test, which involves a powerful hallucinatory drug, Beatrice tests positive for three powerful traits, which makes her a "divergent" and a threat to the social order. Divergent would have us know that categorizing people is bad, because people's personalities are complicated, and that boys are good, especially the handsome Four (Theo James), who becomes Beatrice's mentor as she trains with the macho warrior class. Continue reading >>



  • Neil Burger


  • Shailene Woodley
  • Theo James
  • Ashley Judd
  • Jai Courtney
  • Ray Stevenson
  • Zoë Kravitz
  • Miles Teller
  • Tony Goldwyn
  • Ansel Elgort
  • Maggie Q
  • Mekhi Phifer
  • Kate Winslet
  • Ben Lloyd-Hughes
  • Christian Madsen
  • Amy Newbold
  • Ben Lamb


  • Douglas Wick
  • Lucy Fisher
  • Pouya Shahbazian
  • John Kelly
  • Rachel Shane

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