- Set in a futuristic society
- There is a corrupt government of some sort
- The main character doesn’t fit into the world he or she lives in
- There’s some kind of love story or triangle
- There’s a tragic death here or there
Of course, there has to be a corrupt government for our main character to fight, right? Whether it’s the Capitol, the Faction system, The Society, the Grievers (sort of government-ish right?), or the royal family, each one of the books’ characters are being squished by some higher power. Of course, each one is very different and has its own unique and insane laws or regulations. I’m not trying to say that none of these books are creative or innovative.
Where would the fun be if the protagonist accepted his or her situation? In each series, the main character is special, and after a couple hundred pages, we realize that he or she is the only one who can end the madness. Katniss, of course, is the Mockingjay, and despite all her flaws, she seems to be the biggest threat the Capitol has ever faced. Likewise, Tris, Cassia, Thomas, and America all have special qualities that will help them fight the “evil” in their lives.
For all my fellow teens out there, you kind of have to agree that we wouldn’t be reading these books if there weren’t love connections. Sometimes, I feel like that’s all teens really want to hear about. Though not every one of these collections have a triangle per say, they all have some sort of couple. Katniss must decide between Gale and Peeta, Tris and Four become a love-bound team, Cassia gives up her match (Xander) for her true love (Ky), Thomas and Teresa have an immediate connection, and America is torn between Aspen and Maxon. Half the fun is seeing who she will choose or how the long story will end.
For some reason, we really like to cry while reading a book. Personally, I think killing off a character is a way to move the book’s action along, so that might be the reason. Still, I think some authors just like to cause us pain. The Hunger Games lost half its cast throughout its pages: Cinna, Rue, and Prim were just the most traumatic ones (there’s a list of seventy-five here). I won’t spoil the end of Divergent, but I think I cried for an hour. Matched, Maze Runner, and The Selection are no different in this category as well.
What else do these books have in common, and what other books have you read that fit this mold. Happy reading, and happy kommenting :)