MacKenzie Spradlin Contributing Columnist
March 18, 2014
Editor’s note: “Divergent,” a futuristic film directed by Neil Burger, arrives in theaters Thursday.
Over the weekend I read “Divergent.”
My mother was surprised when I wanted to read it because she thought I didn’t like to read. The truth is, I love to read — I was just looking for the right book. I loved “Divergent.”
Now that I read it, it’s one of my favorite books.”Divergent” is about the future. It takes place in Chicago. Divergent means different. It’s perfect for this book. The future divides the world into five factions based on what the people think is the reason for bad or wrong things in the world. If you don’t fit in with any of the five factions, you are divergent. That just means your mind doesn’t think one way. You’re basically just human. This book is a lot like “Hunger Games,” man vs. government.
I love how the author is very detailed. She explains how the people and buildings look, how the floor feels and how the tattoos symbolize things. The three ravens for each family member Tris left behind. The symbols for each faction are tattooed on Tobias. It’s amazing. I feel like I can feel what the characters feel. I imagine the story as I read it.
Tris, the main character, really moves the story along. Tris narrates the story. Everything she does and says is the next thing that will happen. She goes along with the plot.
My two favorite chracters are Tris and Tobias. They have the most exciting parts in the book. Tris’ fights in initiation and Tobias’ landscape fears are pretty cool. I know I like the two main characters but usually everybody does.
I’d like to inspire people like me to write. I just hope the movie is as good as the book. I may not have read “Catching Fire,” but my mother has and she said that the first movie in the series wasn’t as good as the book and that the second book-turned-movie surprised her. It was better than the first movie in sticking to the book.
In my opinion, Shailene Woodley isn’t a good actress. She seems too stiff and I like it when the actor or actress makes the movie seem like reality. Shailene Woodley makes it easy to see it as a movie. I can’t judge her yet, though; I’ve seen her only in one other show. She might be good in this. I wish they’d gotten Jennifer Lawrence. Everybody loves her so they’ll want to see the movie and she’s a great actress.
I may not be one for romantic books so I don’t like those parts. I want to be a writer when I’m older. The books I read inspire me. I may have other hobbies and dreams but now I’d like to write a book that everyone loves.
For now, though, I’m looking forward to going to the theater this week. Maybe I’ll see you at the movie!
MacKenzie Spradlin is a sixth grade student at Rockingham Middle School.