A few weeks ago Bookish.com released an article about Sci-Fi & Fantasy stories caste systems. Divergent was one of the seven featured stories. The following excerpt explains the Divergent caste system!
Separated by: virtue
Of all the recent dystopian YA novels dealing in castes, Veronica Roth’s series is one of the strongest examples of world building: Futuristic Chicago is divided into five factions, each promoting a particular virtue: Abnegation (selflessness), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), Erudite (intelligence) and Dauntless (bravery). When Abnegation member Beatrice is offered multiple choices for which class to choose–which makes her Divergent–she joins Abnegation’s polar opposite Dauntless and renames herself Tris. There’s only one catch: Those new caste members who do not succeed at initiation must join the ranks of the “factionless,” with all the danger and uncertainty that comes with a lack of group affiliation.
To make matters worse there’s violent conflict brewing–from within? from above?–that threatens to upend the entire system and that Tris is determined to uncover.