Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Divergent_(book)_by_Veronica_Roth_US_Hardcover_2011Divergent, by Veronica Ross, is a book about 16 year old Beatrice Prior. In Beatrice's world instead of countries, states, or cities, there are five factions. Each faction is based upon their perspective on what caused war, and the priorities and values of each faction are the opposite. Abnegation, the faction in which Beatrice was born in values selflessness as most important. Their job is to give to the factionless (those without a faction) and to govern the factions. Erudite values intelligence the most, although by Beatrice’s generation the original intentions of Erudite have gone slightly awry and now the factor is better described by some as greedy for knowledge (instead of using the knowledge for the greater good they keep it to themselves). Amity values peace the most, and the Candor can’t tell a lie. The Dauntless believe in bravery, although they too, like Erudite, have changed since the founding. The dauntless now believe that bravery involves beating people up, jumping on and off moving trains, and jumping off buildings. At age 16 every child in every factor takes the aptitude test to decide what factor they are best fit for and then soon after at a choosing ceremony they have to decide which factor they will be loyal to for the rest of their life. Beatrice's test results, were inconclusive. She is divergent.