Sunday, March 2, 2014

Is Divergent Romantic? Dystopian YA Fiction

By: Stephanie Burkhart

The "Divergent" series is set in a dystopian future. There are five factions that contribute to the society – Amity, Erudite, Candor, Dauntless, and Abnegation. Each has a certain job to do.

The heroine, Beatrice "Tris" Prior, belongs to Abnegation. When she goes for her aptitude test, she learns she's 'divergent' with an aptitude for multiple factions. And being 'divergent' is not good.

When Beatrice switches to Dauntless, she meets 'Four,' a Dauntless initiate trainer. And this is where the 'romance' begins.

I wouldn't call "Divergent" romantic, but there are romantic elements peppered in the storytelling.

It's the buzz Tris feels when Four brushes against her that infuses her skin.
It's the warmth in Tris' cheeks when Four stares at her.
It's the acceleration of Tris' heartbeat when Four pays her a compliment.

Tris and Four gravitate toward each other in the face of adversity – this attraction offers not only them, but the reader, hope.

In "Divergent," there's no proclamation of love – just a 'knowing' that Tris and Four are meant to be together. Tris and Four hold hands, they touch, and perhaps in a gesture of trust and intimacy, they share each other's fear landscapes.

There's no traditional romance in the novel, but the reader knows its about the journey Tris and Four will make together and they need as much hope, trust, and respect that love will bring them.

QUESTION: Have you read "Divergent" or the series? Did you like the story? Why or why not?

Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She lives in SoCal, adores chocolate, enjoys a strong cup of coffee and never gets enough sleep. She's a den leader for her son's cub scout den. Currently, she's reading "Allegent" by Veronica Roth. 







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