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The Divergent Series may well be a Hollywood blockbuster rife with CGI effects, but as is often the case, its backdrop of a dystopian and abandoned Chicago is a lot closer to realities here in the United States than you might think. This incredible photo series from Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, two Parisian photographers, depicts entire streets and cities right here in the U.S., left abandoned and untouched, acting as just a memory of the cities that stood before:

"Detroit, industrial capital of the 20th Century, played a fundamental role shaping the modern world. The logic that created the city also destroyed it. Nowadays, unlike anywhere else, the city's ruins are not isolated details in the urban environment. They have become a natural component of the landscape. Detroit presents all archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of mummification. Its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great Empire."

– Marchand and Meffre

But they say that art imitates life, and the below screenshots from Allegiant are proof of that. Any of the images below could have come from Detroit, or be one of our own American cities if abandoned and left to rust for a few decades. They're breathtaking and thought-provoking, a haunting reminder of what our future could one day be.

The Ruins Of Detroit by Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre is available now from Steidl Books. Find out more at

'The Divergent Series: Allegiant' hits theaters on March 18!


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