The novel explores themes related to individual and social identity as well as the use science, and drugs in particular, as a means of social control. In Divergent, citizens are divided into five factions based on their dispositions: Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intellectual. Erudite scientists have designed a number of serums to be used in different ways for different populations for different reasons. At age 16, people must decide whether to stay with their family’s faction or join the faction best matching their personal aptitude. But then there are the Divergents.
Source: Divergent (2015). Centers for Addictions Research of BC.
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