This Friday, director Neil Burger's long-awaited adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling novel Divergent finally hits theaters. While you may know the film solely as “that movie with that girl from ABC Family’s show about a pregnant teenager,” there’s actually much more to the story. Sort of like (its bound-to-be-compared-to nemesis) The Hunger Games, Divergent takes place in the far-off future, in the barely recognizable Chicago. War had almost destroyed the world, so the government sought to eradicate the traits that led to the fighting. Thus, the idea of a faction was born, and Chicago was divided into five of them, each prizing one trait above all, such as selflessness, courage, and kindness.
In this future, a girl named Beatrice Prior, a.k.a Tris (Shailene Woodley), must decide which faction she belongs to on Choosing Day, when each 16-year-old boy and girl chooses to either remain with the one he or she was born into, or leave it behind forever and choose a new group. Problems arise when Tris learns she isn’t just fit for one faction, but three, making her Divergent.
In a world where factions are the very crux of the government, Divergents threaten the system. They cannot be easily controlled. To hide her secret, Tris joins the Dauntless faction, and soon finds herself learning how to fire guns and throw punches, preparing her for a battle she doesn’t even know she’ll have to fight. Along the way she meets the Dauntless instructor Four (Theo James), and learns she may not be the only one hiding a secret.
And those are just the basics. Read on for everything you need to know to watch Divergent.
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