My mission this week is to try to read Divergent. All of it.
Because movies, that’s why.
Divergent, in case you don’t live anywhere near teenagers, is the latest book craze to sweep through the YA crowd since The Hunger Games. It’s a post-apocalyptic story set in what used to be Chicago, and that’s about as far as I’ve gotten today. Everyone here just looks pityingly at me for being so slow to start, but it’s been hard to get a foot in the door with this series in our house.
Lauren read it first. Her teacher lent her a copy for free reading time in class – she was a bit worried about how we would react, since apparently there are a few things in it that might be a little mature for a fifth-grader and she asked us about it at our parent-teacher conference last fall, but our policy is that our children can read anything they want and discuss it with us later. We will let them know if we think it’s something they would probably not enjoy or get much out of, but if they really want to read we will not stand in their way.
Lauren loved it.
By that point it had become rather popular in the wider culture too, and Tabitha had discovered it. She loved it as well.
The third book came out over Christmas, and we ended up with two copies – one that Lauren bought with her own money to give to Tabitha as a present, and one that Kim bought as part of a set of all three that we could share. Both copies were immediately devoured, since there was no waiting. Books galore!
We already knew that there was a movie version coming out this month – they had the previews out in November, when we went to see The Hunger Games 2 (see how this all circles back on itself?) and that was most of what the girls wanted to talk about afterward. We’d say, “Didn’t you like the movie?” and they’d say, “But Divergent is coming!” and that’s just how that goes.
You have to read the books before you see the movies. That’s just the rule.
So after the girls finished with the series Kim took her turn. I was in the middle of something else, but I figured there would be plenty of time for me to read it.
Then Lauren lent out the first book to a friend, because that’s what you do with books you love. You spread them around.
We borrowed it back last night – borrowed back our own copy! – and now I have mere days to get it finished before the movie opens.
It’s a challenge.