Battles of the Worlds: The Hunger Games v. Divergent


The Hunger Games  v.   Divergent

This is another "which world is too terrible to live in" battle. Only I'm pitting too very popular books against one another. As a disclaimer, I've only read the first two books in the Hunger Games series and only the first book in the Divergent series. HOWEVER...I have read spoilers about how each series ends. So I will take into account some things that happen in the later books -- but I can't promise to be an expert on them. Wikipedia is my friend...and source :)  

The Hunger Games 

We all know about this world, right? 12 Districts. The lower the number, the shittier the district. Every year a reaping takes place and that district sends a boy and girl to compete in "The Hunger Games" for a chance to win money, food, and to boast that they are the baddest mofo in town. Oh, and that game is to the death. But, no biggie! 


 Oh, Divergent. How do I explain this world properly? First off, there are 5 factions: Abnegation, Candor, Eurdite, Dauntless, and Amity. When you're sixteen, you must choose which faction you belong to and then become initiated into it. And if you're fucking crazy enough to choose Dauntless, then just to give you a heads up--if you can't jump out of a moving train then you'll become factionless on the spot. Oh...and you're going to have to beat each other up on a regular basis. *shugs*

Now that we have a little background of each world, it's time to decide which one would be more terrible to live in. To do this, I'm going to rank them on how I would survive in the world. These battles are insanely biased. Proceed with caution.


These scores reflect my biased opinion and how well I would survive in the world. Your own scores may vary. 

Chance of Death
Survival rate is key in deciding how horrible the world really is. 

The Hunger Games: It really depends if I'm going to be picked to be in the games. Sure, there's a chance I'll die of starvation even if I don't get reaped, but the real decider would be in the arena. I have the WORST luck, so I'm thinking I'd be going in. And then I would promptly die. My survival skills -- pretty good. My killing skills -- sub par. -- 4/5

Divergent: Until the end of the first book, death here is really relative. I could die if you choose Dauntless and jump out of the moving train and didn't quite make it to the other side. Otherwise, if you choose any other faction besides Dauntless, I just don't see how you'd die. Amity?  What are they going to choke you with flowers and love? (Keep in mind, I have not read book 2 and 3, so they could very well turn into crazy psychopaths and I just don't know it). The war and fighting begins at the end of the book, and I'd choose Eurdite (brains!!!), so I think I'd survive fairly well. -- 2/5

How easily can you escape a terrible situation or (better yet) the entire world?

THG: If you're repeaed, you're going to die unless you're a Katniss. Or unless you become a symbol for a war and a bunch of people decide to help you and put their own lives at risk for your safety. In which case, congratulations--you'd do well in these games. Me? Regular ole' girl...I'm not escaping. -- 5/5 

D: Sure, Chicago is fenced off and they can't really escape the city, but there are plenty of places to hide out. And I know (from spoilers) that they do leave the city it's plausible. -- 2/5

Quality of Allies
The people you surround yourself with can ultimately do you in.

THG: This really depends if we're taking into account the female leads. We'll say yes for this instance. So you have Katniss, Peeta, Gale (boo), Finnick, Haymitch, Joanna, and a bunch of other people trained to kill. If I squirm my way into their group somehow (with my charm? lol) then I think I'd be okay. But....lots of these people end up dying. So it begs the question, how good are these allies really? Huh? Huh? -- 3/5

D: You have Tris, Four, Tori, Christina, and some other people I can't remember. Tris drives me bonkers. I'd think I'd kill her in the beginning just so I didn't have to be around her. One ally, down. Then there's Four. I think he could be a good ally, but I hear in Book 3 he's kind of...meh. It's hard to tell without reading the other books. But I think I'll say that my chances look about the same here as they did in THG. -- 3/5

The Realistic Factor
Realistic dystopian worlds are way more frightening than ones you could never see happening (usually). 

THG: I could see a dystopian society being split off by resources. One place for mining, one for power, one for agriculture, etc. In a food shortage, would there be a competition with children to the death? Eh...maybe not with children. But there were really gladiator times in our world, I could see a regressed future kind of like that. -- 4/5

D: There's a lot of debate over how realistic Divergent really is, and I know major world building (or maybe convoluting) takes place over the next two books. I'll say from a Book 1 standpoint that it seems unlikely that a world would be divided into 5 factions with such drastically different ideals in order to make peace. -- 3/5


The Hunger Games: 16
Divergent: 10


I chose which world is worse, but now it's time for you to decide. Choose the worst world (i.e. the one you feel you wouldn't survive).

Even if you haven't read the books, feel free to vote!  

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Winning will make you famous. 
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


  1. THG is definitely the worst! I decided it before reading your post and all the things you've mentioned only made me realize how horrible it would be to live there.. Divergent is at least an okay community without too much death or suffering - until things start to collapse, but hey, it's still easier to survive.

  2. If I haven't said so before: I love the sass in these Battle posts. I always do a little jig when they come up on my reader xD "If you're fucking crazy enough to pick Dauntless" about sums it up. I'd go with Erudite as well, so I'd probably favor the Divergent world over THG. Because I kind of like being alive, and this squishy self would last two seconds in the arena before someone spears me.

  3. I really like your battle posts! It's really interesting to see two worlds pitted against each other and given ratings according to chance of death, escape-ability. And they're really fun to read. For this battle, I agree that THG is the worst.

  4. The Hunger Games is definitely the winner here! I love how realistic it is, especially compared to Divergent. I mean there is pretty much no point of splitting people up like that except for the psychological aspect. Great comparisons here!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  5. I love the changes to Nawanda Files! I pop my head in here every now and then to see what's up. I love these Battle of the Worlds! I've read The Hunger Games but haven't gotten into Divergent. I'm adding it to my TBR. I've got so many books on my list, it's not even funny. I'm so behind on my reading and I have you and Becca to thank for that! ;)

  6. I think you nailed it! Divergent was fun, but ultimately I couldn't see an entire world splitting into factions (culture differences, for starters), let alone Chicago being that uninhabited. However, resource centers becoming population centers, a huge gap between the upper and lower classes, and gladiatorial games? Definitely.
    (Also, I thought the higher number districts were the wealthier ones?? I always imagined it, from descriptions, that District 1 is in the Colorado Rockies, maybe Denver, and District 12 is around Tennessee, but with plenty of longitude to take into account there.)

  7. Oh man, sorry you came across spoilers :/ Like you, I've only read the first 2 books of THG and just Divergent and not the next 2 books. I think the worse would have to be The Hunger Games because man, that's just scary. At least in Divergent you don't have to kill anyone... I would rather choose one faction (which is very hard) than getting my name called in the reaping and have the possibility of killing a person..