Book one of the Divergent series
Divergent takes place in the future of Chicago, where groups called factions decide your fate based what you do in virtual simulations. The 5 factions are Candor(the honest), Abnegation(the selfless), Amity(the peaceful), Dauntless(the brave), and Erudite(the intelligent). When a teenager reaches 16 years old, they must choose their faction. The factions were made to help the general population to be better in every way, but things don't always work out like they are supposed to. Beatrice, the main character, is a teenager in Abnegation who decides to leave her faction because she can't be selfless anymore. Her virtual aptitude tests that help determine your faction come up inconclusive, meaning she is Divergent. Little does she know, being Divergent is both a blessing and a curse. She has to discover the consequences by herself. The only thing she can do is keep it quiet. You have to read Divergent yourself to discover her fate!
- Here's a funny conspiracy theory website that says that mind control is all around us.
- Microchip implants are the future?
- Aptitude tests are strikingly similar to real life personality tests.
- Virtual simulations used for training of all sorts.
- A virtual reality headset immerses you in any world you choose.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a dystopian gem of a book that in my opinion, sparked the wave of new dystopian books. The Hunger Games is set in the future where a harsh government rules old North America and annual games are conducted where teenagers fight to the death. The Hunger Games is similar to Divergent because the main character Beatrice has to kill people without a choice, and in The Hunger Games, the main character Katniss is forced to take teenagers' lives in order to save her own. Through both characters kill others against their will, they both prove that females are tougher than they look.
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner is another dystopian book that caught my interest as similar to Divergent. The Maze Runner is a novel that starts out with the main character, Thomas, is introduced to a strange world with no memory of anything but his name. Thomas is thrust into terrifying confinement of a maze along with 60 other teenagers. Thomas knows his purpose in this world; get out, but he has to practically do it alone. The Maze Runner is similar because Beatrice has to go through challenges alone, and so does Thomas. The loneliness just goes to show that young adults can be just as strong as adults.
Cinder is yet another great dystopian novel by Marissa Meyer. The main character, Cinder, has a special power called "glamour" that lets her manipulate people's view on her. Because she has a special power, she is targeted by the government as a threat. in Divergent Beatrice is targeted by the government because she cannot be manipulated. Both Cinder and Beatrice are seen as a danger by their government, and they lead the same awful government to their knees.
The Hunger Games
The Maze Runner
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