Book Review 103: Divergent Thinking edited by Leah Wilson

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I was so excited to see a collection of essays about Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. I read a similar collection of essays for The Hunger Games series and I gained helpful insight into the novels. I was hoping for the same with Divergent Thinking.

It took me a long time to finish Divergent Thinking. I found it difficult to engage with the essays as most of them focused on the psychology of Tris and/or the factions. The collection felt repetitious as many of the authors seemed to be examining the same points of the story over and over (why Tris is not Abnegation? Why did she choose Dauntless? What does it mean to be Divergent?). I was hoping for more examination of the political climate, how Tris’s World mirrors that of Nazi Germany and even our world when it comes to prejudices and long-held beliefs.

My favorite essay was by V. Arrow called “Mapping Divergent’s Chicago.” V. works through plotting the location of each of the factions throughout Chicago and its suburbs. Maps are provided (although on the Kindle version they are difficult to read) along with strong arguments why the locations that were selected fit each of the factions best. With V.’s directions, you could safely created you own Divergent faction tour through Chicago minus jumping on and off the train.

This collection of essays would be a good fit for anyone who is interested in the psychology of Tris and the various factions within the series. Otherwise, I would recommend passing on Divergent Thinking.


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Divergent Thinking

Published on: March 4, 2014
Pages: 256
Genres: nonfiction, young adult
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.





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12 responses to “Book Review 103: Divergent Thinking edited by Leah Wilson

  1. I’ve seen books like this but I’ve never picked up one. I’m sorry that it wasn’t what you were hoping for, Terri. I think I’d have preferred more analysis of the political climate as well, rather than the psychology of Tris. I think I’m much more interested in how a fictional society parallels ‘real’ society, and how people fit into it.

    • Brandee, if you read The Hunger Games definitely pick up The Girl Who Was on Fire. Lots is covered in those essays about the political climate in THG. There was an essay about how Panem mirrors Ancient Rome.

  2. Good to know! I’ve seen these essay type books around and while I am curious about them, I also would tire of the repetition, although it is interesting getting different points of view. I might check out The Girl on Fire one first if I decide to read these.

    • The Hunger Games essays were awesome. It gave so much depth to the political games that were playing out in the series. The downside…I haven’t enjoyed the movies as much because the political stuff is stripped out or minimized greatly.

  3. I had actually been wondering about this one! But I see what you are saying, and that was my biggest concern about it- that anyone with any basic knowledge of psychology would kind of know those things about the world to begin with. Plus, it’s a pretty small society- how much can even be said? I do like the sound of the map one though! And I MUST read The Hunger Games ones, how have I not already?! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

  4. I really loved how each contributor of the book felt about the series and how each of their opinions could change our own perceptions of the series and open our eyes to things inside the world of Divergent that we hadn’t yet ventured to uncover. My favourite part of Divergent Thinking would be Debra Driza’s part – she examined the secrets within the series and it really captivated my attention more than any other part.