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Divergent Vs. Hunger Games: Whose Side Are We On?

New young-adult sci-fi affair Divergent has a few things in common with that other young-adult series The Hunger Games. How does each stack up against each other? Here we find out.
by Gelo Gonzales | Mar 19, 2014
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Fresh off the financial success of "young adult" movie franchises Twilight and The Hunger Games, the studios responsible for those sagas are at it again with a new flick, Divergent.

Showing in cinemas today, Divergent, based on the novel of the same name by American writer Veronica Roth, stars a brave heroine fighting for freedom and survival in a post-apocalyptic Chicago-of-the-future. In the film, society is divided into five factions: Abnegation for the selfless, Amity for the peaceful, Candor for the honest, Dauntless for the brave and Erudite for the knowledgeable.

What faction a person falls in is determined by a personality test taken at the age of 16. Tris Prior (played by newcomer Shailene Woodley) takes the test, but she turns out to be the titular "divergent," a rare category that means her skills don't fit neatly with any of the aforementioned categories. This also means that she has the potential of breaking the order of a society, thus making her a target for lady-in-charge, Jeanine Matthews (played by Kate Winslet). 

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