Fashion Book: Divergent
For last month’s book club, we decided to stray away from the contemporary fiction path a bit and try reading some YA lit. My friend Mallory chose the Divergent series, by Veronica Roth. The book takes place in a futuristic Chicago, the city reduced to rubble save for the headquarters of four distinct “factions” based on positive traits–Abnegation, Amiable, Dauntless, and Erudite. When a child turns 16, they must choose their faction–they can either continue in the faction they’ve been raised in, or “diverge” from that path. Beatrice, or “Tris” as she soon becomes, defects from Abnegation and joins the tattooed wild gang of Dauntless initiates. The book follows Tris’ initiation process and her struggles to assume a new identity as a civil war begins brewing between the factions.
I don’t have anything against YA, but I wouldn’t call myself a fan either. I liked The Hunger Games (a lot) and definitely have my other favorites from when I was younger. But nowadays I tend to read more contemporary fiction, short stories, and classics–if only because I’m not super into fantasy/dystopia/zombies. I know there are YA books that don’t deal with those topics (I’d love to hear recommendations!) but this one did, and to top it off, I didn’t think Roth did a great job of explaining WHY there were these factions, or the various details of the societies–there were just a lot of holes, overall. Also, I found Tris’ infatuation with Four to be too sappy–I understand that teenagers have crushes, and I know they’re dramatic, but there are people dying all over the place and all she can talk about is some guy’s muscles. Maybe I’m being too harsh…anyway.
I wanted to create an outfit for Tris because I think the physical transformation she undergoes is interesting, and indicative of the kind of change that most teenagers experience as they grow into adults. The Abnegation faction wears solely gray, shapeless garments, so as to not call attention to themselves, whereas the Dauntless group begs for attention–bright hair colors, tattoos, piercings, and tight black clothing abound. Here is what I imagine Tris wearing as a new Dauntless initiate:
Are you a fan of YA? What are your favorites?