If you liked… The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

The Divergent Series

The Divergent Series

If you liked… The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

 

If you loved the Divergent series, I have some recommendations for you! Let’s start with my favorite dystopia series:

The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

The Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi

What they have in common: Both of these series could be classified as dystopia/science fiction. Well, somewhat science fiction, more so dystopic. In Tris’s world, the people’s abnormalities are due to science, not supernatural influences. In this series, I think it’s more so supposed to be science fiction, but it feels a bit more supernatural. Juliette has been imprisoned for the past year, locked away after it was discovered that her touch causes immense pain to the other person, and eventually death. She has never known human touch, not as we do. Juliette’s character goes through a huuuuge transformation throughout this series, similar to Tris’s transformation. By the end, she is a completely different person (in a good way). Like in Divergent, there is a system that needs to be taken down. Juliette’s journey is one of self discovery, revolution and romance.

How they are different: Juliette’s touch can be fatal. She has never known love or a human’s touch before. Because of this, her character in the beginning is very weak and broken. She has to come a long way to feel whole again. Expect much more science fiction/supernatural aspects in this series. It also has more of a love triangle than a Tris/Four power couple thing going on. And, much unlike Divergent, there are many parts of this series that are laugh out loud funny (well, thanks to one character, Kenji). This world is far more chaotic and unorganized than the systematic city in Divergent. I personally liked this series much better than Divergent. In fact, it’s one of my favorite series I’ve ever read. Check out the first book here.


If you liked Divergent you might like…

The Chemical Gardens Trilogy by Lauren DeStfano

The Chemical Gardens Trilogy by Lauren DeStfano

The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

What they have in common: Again, this series could be classified as dystopia/science fiction (and hauntingly beautiful). In Rhine’s dystopic future, girls die at the age of 20 and men die at the age of 25, no exceptions. There is an older generation of adults in perfect health; whatever science did to make them nearly perfect, caused their all their children to get sick and die at 20 and 25 (science was flying way too close to the sun, if you know what I mean). Like in Divergent, the adults play a role in the general plot; evil, misunderstood fathers all around! Again, we are faced with a ‘something has to change’ sort of revolution going on. Genetics and science manipulating genetics also plays a role in this series.

How they are different: Rhine and Tris are preeeeetty different characters, though both strong in their own ways. Divergent is very action packed, with its guns and fighting and what not, where this series is more psychological and emotionally driven. Rhine’s word is a much more tragic place than Tris’s. Tris’s world is at least some what normal, while Rhine is surrounded by death, knowing exactly when her time will be up. Also, the male characters in this series do not share many character traits with Four. And sorry Veronica Roth, the writing in Divergent does not hold a flame to that of Lauren DeStefano. In fact, no other series does. I don’t believe I have ever come across such a beautiful writing before. I highly, highly recommend this series. Check out the first book on goodreads here.


If you liked Divergent you might like…

The Darkest Minds & Never Fade

The Darkest Minds & Never Fade

The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

What they have in common: In Divergent, everyone is classified by their personality into one of five factions, in The Darkest Minds, teens are classified by their ‘freak power’ into one of five colors. In both instances, genetics and evolution are involved. While Tris is stuck behind the fences of her city, Ruby is stuck behind the fences of a labor camp. Ruby’s life, and that of America, was pretty normal before her tenth birthday, similar to Tris and her life before her sixteenth birthday. Because this series isn’t finished, I can’t tell you where it’s going, but it’s definitely going. Similar to Divergent, there is a lot of politics at play in this series.
How they are different: Ruby’s world is darker than Tris’s. Majority of the population between the ages of 12-18 are dead, leaving only Ruby and the 2% left (all with freak powers). Ruby witness most of her 5th grade class die before she was shipped off to a labor camp for six years. From the beginning, Ruby is brave, but also broken and guilt ridden. Ruby’s America is completely torn apart by the deaths of the children, and the super freaks that were left. There are numerous groups trying to change the direction America is headed in, but we aren’t quite sure who to root for. Ruby is on the run for majority of the first novel, in search of a safe haven. If you want to check it out, click here, or read my review of The Darkest Minds here.


If you liked Divergent you might like…

The Delirium Series

The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver

The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver

What they have in common: Delirium is a dystopic science fiction novel with system that needs to be taken down. In Lena’s world, love is considered a disease, and at the age of 16, they give you the “cure” so you will never fall victim to the disease. It’s a super interesting premise. Lena’s day to day life is pretty normal, similar to Tris’s normalcy (until Dauntless, at least). Of course, Lena meets a boy before she gets the cure and gets the disease, a similar power couple to Tris and Four, though with different dynamics, that’s for sure. Their word is insanely structured and organized, like Chicago in Divergent. In the beginning, Lena completely buys in to the strict way her world is run, similar to Tris and the faction system, before she realizes there is something wrong with it.
How they are different: Lena is not very similar to Tris, at least not at first. In fact, I’d say her best friend is more like Tris than she is. She does grow and change with each novel, growing thicker skin and thinking for herself, however. This series is less science fictiony than Divergent, in my opinion; it’s closer to our world than Tris’s is. Lena’s world is fenced in as well, but we at least have some idea what’s beyond it, unlike in Divergent. Lena’s journey takes some extreme turns, much more so than Tris’s ever does. Lauren Oliver leaves you with the biggest cliffhangers and the end of the first two books! It’s killer! Check out the first book here!

Honestly, I think it’s safe to say I liked all of these series more than Divergent.

Any other recommendations, guys?

~Carly

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