Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Divergent

For this week's Waiting on Wednesday, I'm definitely waiting on the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's New York Times bestselling novel Divergent.

Set for release in March of 2014, the film stars Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of an American Teenager) as Tris, Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) as Four, and Kate Winslet (Titanic, Labor Day) as Jeanine Matthews. The film also includes such stars as Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, and Mekhi Phifer. With such a cast heading up this YA adaptation, it looks to be an amazing movie.

Divergent follows the story of Beatrice 'Tris' Prior, who has grown up in a world where self denial is the highest virtue. But when she learns that she isn't like everyone else, she finally realizes why she never felt comfortable in her faction. When she's given the choice to stay with her family and continue a life of self denial or let her life take a different path, Beatrice takes on a new life, a new faction, and a new name.

There she meets the mysterious Four, where she starts a relationship that will change her life forever. But when someone hatches a plan to get rid of people like Tris, she and Four must band together to find out why being different--being Divergent--is so dangerous in the first place. And they have to do it before it's too late.

I loved the book, and I'm looking forward to the film more than any other YA adaptation in recent months. I expect it to be better done than any of the recent films that were pulled from YA books (with the exception of The Fault in Our Stars, which we'll talk about next week). It'll be filled with romance, action, and angst. My favorite combination.

Divergent will hit theaters on March 21. Tickets go on sale March 5.

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