Veronica Roth’s wildly popular youth novels about a dystopian future in
the ruins of
The good news is that this sequel can be successfully viewed without
having seen the original, although there is plenty of reference to what has
happened before. The world consists
of a ruined
The heroine is Tris (Shailene Woodley), who is 100% Divergent, meaning that she can easily move between all the Factions, and therefore can’t be exclusive to any of them. The government is after her because she’s a menace to their system, but also because with her unique personality, she holds the only key to opening the 200-year-old message of the “Founders” (imagine Thomas Jefferson leaving us an encrypted Skype message). Tris has befriended Four (Theo James), and they’ve been hiding in the Amity camp, until they’re discovered, and then the governmental bounty hunter, Eric (Jai Courtney) comes after them with a vengeance. (The Amity, led by the barely-conflicted Octavia Spencer, are dreadfully unprepared to defend themselves, assuming that to be beneath their dignity. Think Neville Chamberlain in 1938, believing he’d made peace with Hitler by letting him grab territory without a fight.)
It turns out that Four has a secret of his own: the leader of the factionless rebel group is none other than his own Mom, Evelyn (Naomi Watts), who abandoned him to lead her anarchist band (why so many angry women at the helm?). But can this unlikely alliance free Tris from the clutches of the Evil Empire? It seems only the Insurgent can rescue the Divergent.
Questions for Discussion:
The hologram from The Founder looks like an angel message,
directing the weary inhabitants toward a blissful reunion outside the bleak
walls of their world. How is this
similar to the promise of the coming
2) Which bible characters could easily be categorized using the five Factions? (Samson as Dauntless, Samuel as Amity, Nathaniel as Candor, etc.)
3) Could this be interpreted as a parable about accepting the sexual “factions” of LGBTQ?
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen is the Supply Pastor, First