#SciFiSunday: A Look At The Novel, Divergent

By Takima Bly (@emma_fRhost2)

Book: Divergent

Synopsis: A dystopian society is divided into five factions, in which each contributes a part to maintain balance. At the age of 16, you get to choose whether to stay in the faction of your parents or choose your own, but you must past initiation first. The story centers around a girl named Tris who decides to leave her family’s selfless faction to join a more risk taking faction called Dauntless. The new initiates for Dauntless must go through tests to prove their bravery, fighting skills, management of fear, and overcoming their worst nightmares. During the trials, Tris starts to realize something different about herself opposite from her peers.

Character Highlight: Christina is an initiate from a faction called Candor where they value the truth and honesty. Christina is blunt and speaks her mind without filters. She never fails to voice her opinion, and she questions everything. She proves to be one of the stronger initiates and continues to rank well enough to pass each trial. In the book, Christina was described as having dark skin, but in the movie (which comes out on March 21st), she is portrayed by Zoe Kravitz who is light skinned.

*Bonus: Zoe Kravitz is the daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz. She has been in a couple of other Sci-Fi movies such as After Earth and X-Men: First Class.

Interaction with the Main Character: Christina and Tris become fast friends from the start of initiation as they both left behind their families to try something different. Tris identifies Christina as her first real friend. Christina helped Tris blend in to her new surroundings and loosen up from her strict upbringing by taking her shopping and getting tattoos. She also helped to protect Tris as she became a target for bullying because of her ranking and past faction.

Impact and/or Contribution to the Overall Story: Christina’s past upbringing in Candor made her seem like a human lie detector test. She could tell when someone was not being honest. Christina was strong enough to past the Dauntless initiation. She became one of the soldiers used to go in to battle by a mind control simulation. But Tris later notices that her fellow initiates have become brainwashed when she catches Christina getting dressed in the middle of the night and being unresponsive with a blank expression. This becomes a major turning point as Tris understands why she was not supposed to reveal she was Divergent. Divergents could not be controlled by simulations and therefore could not be used as mindless weapons.

K. Bly is an expert on book reviews that spotlight girls and women, of color, characters in the horror, sci-fi, and suspense genres of literature, in novels and comic books. You can find her on both Twitter (@emma_fRhost2) and Instagram (@game_of_rhos)

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