Fictional Dystopias: Comparing The Hunger Games and Divergent
Books have the ability to take people on a journey through characters and the development of a good story. Fiction books are especially known for their captivating effect on readers. Many fiction books rely on the same generalized ideas and story lines. Two of today's most popular fiction books are The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies.
The Hunger Games is a classic protagonist versus society based storyline. It involves a seventeen year old girl named Katniss Everdeen whose father had passed away when she was younger. She lives in a world known as Panem, which is described as the remnants of North America after countless wars, and global warming. Panem is divided into twelve “districts” all in which have a purpose to serve society. It is controlled by the government which is named “The Capitol”. She along with the rest of the people in the twelve districts, excluding the capitol residents, are vulnerable to a fight-to-the-death game known as the Hunger Games. Katniss is picked to participate in this game, not only once, but twice. Along this way she faces a choice between two men in her life, her best friend or the boy she met as she took part in the games. Against all odds, both her and her district’s male counterpart, they both survive the first games. During the 75th Hunger Games, or “quarter quell”, Katniss was rescued by rebels fighting against the Capitol while the boy is captured by them. She is transported to their military and home base where she becomes the face of the rebellion and is known as the “Mockingjay”. The main purpose of this story is that no matter where you come from, you can overcome anything and be who you want to be.
Divergent is a protagonist versus society storyline as well. Beatrice Prior is a sixteen year old girl who was raised in a run-down, dystopian version of today's Chicago, Illinois. This society divides its citizens into five personality...