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It's a good week to be a Divergent fan. Sure, we still have to wait until October for the third book in the trilogy to arrive, and then we have to wait until March 21 to see the first film arrive in theaters. But earlier this week we learned that series author Veronica Roth was penning four new e-shorts from another character's perspective ahead of the film's release, and today comes our first look at Entertainment Weekly's Divergent cover, which shows stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James looking tough and beautiful all at once.
Divergent is set in dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five factions, which determine a person's way of life. The story centers on Tris Prior (Woodley), a teen who learns that she's "Divergent," which means she's not meant to fit into any one faction. This condition is something she must keep secret as she chooses her faction and begins her training to find her place among her people. James plays Four, Tris' trainer and the guy who takes an interest in her as she and the other faction initiates start training.
Entertainment Weekly's cover shows Tris looking armed (check out the weapons in her pants pockets!) and tough enough to take on Katniss if she had to, while James stands behind her, tension in his neck, and biceps only slightly less bulging than they were in the Four first look photo. Also worth noting, we can see some of their tattoos. For Four, it's just a hint up by his neck, but for Tris, we see the three ravens she has tattooed by her collarbone, signifying the three family members she left behind when she chose her faction.
The film, which is directed by Neil Burger, is in production in Chicago now, and we still have a while to wait to see the finished result, but EW's cover promises reports from the set and exclusive photos, so keep an eye out for those!
In other Divergent news, die-hard fans may already be aware that Roth released Free Four, a 15-page eBook that tells the Divergent knife-throwing scene from Four's perspective. Earlier this week she announced that she's going to be releasing four other e-shorts from Four's perspective, which will be longer than the Free Four book. The first one will arrive September 24, about a month ahead of the third book, Allegiant's release. Amazon already has the four e-shorts available for preorder. They're currently listed as The Transfer (Sept. 24), The Initiate (December 17), The Son (January 21) and The Traitor (February 11). Between reports and photos from the set of the film and whatever other glimpses we get while the movie's in production, added to Book 3 and these new e-shorts on the way, there's actually a lot of new Divergent content to look forward to as the film approaches.