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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins), 2011

After her name is called, the girl walks onto the stage with all eyes on her. At the Choosing Ceremony, the audience remains quiet, waiting for her to make her choice. The girl gazes from one bowl to the next. There are 5 of them with different, symbolic matter in each bowl. They represent the 5 factions the society is divided into.

Stones huddle together. They stand for the selfless—the Abnegation.

Soil sits, settling at the bottom of the next bowl. It represents the peaceful—the Amity.

Glass reflects light. It symbolizes honesty—the Candor.

Water is contained in the fourth bowl. It stands for intelligence—the Erudite.

Fire burns fiercely in the last. It represents the brave—the Dauntless.

The tiny sixteen year old stands in front of the crowd with a blade in her hand, getting ready to slice her palm and let her blood drop into one of the bowls, confirming which faction she will live in for the rest of her life.

If she chooses the bowl with the stones, she remains in Abnegation and stays with her family, remaining in a life she feels she does not fit in. If she chooses one of the other bowls, she turns her back on her family, gaining a new way of life and a chance to reinvent herself.

This is Beatrice Prior’s dilemma. She must choose. Continue reading