I recently finished reading Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy. 

In case you have never heard of the book:
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth is a trilogy of books (with an extra called Four) about a post apocalyptic society based in Chicago and run in factions. The book Divergent Thinking is a book of essays based in psychology, sociology, military, and other thoughts focusing on the books and topics found within.

In case you have never heard of the authors/editor:
There are 13 different authors that wrote essays for this book: V Arrow; Jennifer Lynn Barnes; Mary Borsellino; Rosemary Clement-Moore; Debra Driza; Julia Karr; Dan Krokos; Elizabeth Norris; Maria V Snyder and Jenna Snyder; Janine K Spendlove; Elizabeth Wein; and Blythe Woolston. The editor is Leah Wilson, editor of other “Smart Pop” books.

My opinion of the book:
I really enjoyed this book of essays. Each essay consisted of about 10-ish pages (give or take) of informative point of views from the real world, but waged against the fiction of the Divergent books, characters, and behaviors. One example: “Mapping Divergent’s Chicago.” This was an amusing essay, taking information from the books to lay out the locations in the story on a real life map of Chicago today. While the actual locations may be just “guesstimates,” the argument for them was pretty compelling.
If you read the series, this is a nice extension of the work, bringing some of it into the real world, making the characters even more authentic and relatable. If you are interested in finding out to which faction you would belong, and to which job you might fit into, and want to jump into the Dauntless pit then eat chocolate cake, then this book would be an interesting addition for you.

If you have read the book and wanna chat, hit me up!!


“Fear doesn’t tear you down, it wakes you up.” -Four, from Divergent

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