The Erudite are the knowledge seekers. The Amity keep the peace and do the farming and the arts. Those from Candor believe in complete honesty at all times, while those from Abnegation strive to be completely selfless, always helping others. The Dauntless are tough and fearless, trained to be the soldiers who will defend the society.
When children reach the age of sixteen they are tested to see if their personality fits the faction they were born into, or if they are better suited for another faction. But no matter what the tests show, the choice is theirs.
Beatrice was born into Abnegation, but has never felt she fit in. Her selfless brother, Caleb, is the image of Abnegation. He never considers his own needs, and often gives Beatrice disapproving looks when she
forgets to offer help to others or asks too many questions.
When Beatrice takes her faction test, it turns out to be a few simulated scenes that feel completely real. they’re designed to test her response to danger, the needs of others, etc. Will she be honest? Brave? Selfless?
Her results are “inconclusive” the woman says initially, but then furtively tells Beatrice she’s tested as Divergent and she must never let anyone find out. It is dangerous to be Divergent, and the woman protects her secret by deleting her results from the computer record.
Beatrice chooses Dauntless, the brave and fearless ones. Caleb, sweet selfless Caleb, goes for Erudite, the truth seekers. Their father is devastated at their betrayal, but surprisingly Beatrice’s mother smiles as her daughter is lead off to her new life.
This new life, it turns out, is more than jumping on and off of moving trains. Beatrice becomes Tris, sheds her shy private nature and tries not to end up at the bottom of the Dauntless class. The bottom few trainees will
be cast out and become factionless, a fate worse than death.
The training is brutal, and not all students survive. To make matters worse, the Divergent label haunts Tris, showing up in other training simulations.
And something else is afoot. Something bad.
Divergent is the first in a series recommended for ages 13 and up. It offers up a mixture of action, difficult decisions, and romance similar to what the Hunger Games series used to capture so many imaginations.
Divergent is suggested for ages 13 and up.