Breia Brissey
June 24, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Divergent

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
140 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/21/14
performer
Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley
director
Neil Burger
distributor
Lionsgate
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an B+

Roth’s edgy YA debut, landing in stores weeks after Summit snapped up the movie rights, is set in a dystopian Chicago comprising five factions: Amity (where the peaceful folks live), Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). Enter 16-year-old Beatrice ”Tris” Prior, who’s about to participate in the city’s annual Choosing ceremony to learn her faction. But the process, never simple, turns downright dangerous after her aptitude test comes back with odd results. Divergent is no Hunger Games; it’s much flimsier and less nuanced. Still, I’m hooked — and ready for the sequel. B+

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