Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago were everyone is separated into 5 sections of Chicago. Throughout the story the characters take trips to the Ferris Wheel of Navy Prier, the Hancock building, the Willis (formally Sears) Tower, and Millennium Park.
Set in a futuristic dystopia Chicago there is a society that is divided into five factions: Abnegation; selflessness, Amity; peaceful, Candor; honest, Dauntless; brave, and Erudite; knowledgeable. Each represents a different virtue of living one’s life. The children of this society have to decide whether they want to stay in their faction or switch to another, the choice is theirs. The young Beatrice “Tris” Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone including herself. After what seems to be the wrong choice, Tris and her fellow faction members have to go through a very competitive training in order to live with their new faction. They must go through intense psychological tests and extreme physical training that can either transform them or destroy them. If they fail to complete their training successfully they will be left frictionless and an outcast to society. While the Dauntless train, the Erudite devolve a life threatening plan that is carried out that night. They developed a serum that stops the brain’s thought process and all of the Dauntless become sleeper soldiers for they were injected with it. The serum does not work on Tris or Tobias “Four” Eaton because they are both Divergent. When they try to escape they are both caught and brought to Jeanine, the Erudite leader. She then sentences Tris to death and Tobias is sent to the control room to view the attack. Tris is locked inside a glass tank that fills with water, but moments later her mother saves her life. As they try to break free, Tris's mother is shot and killed. When Tris enters the control room and encounters Tobias he attacks her. Tris can’t overpower Tobias for he is far stronger than her. She refuses to kill him and decides to let him kill her. Tobias is then able to overcome the serum and he is able to shut down the attack. They remaining Dauntless are then freed. Tris must now except her gift and use if she wants to end things one and for all and find safety and happiness in her unraveling society.
Beatrice “Tris” Prior is a sixteen years old girl who never questions anything or talks back to no one. During the annual Choosing Ceremony Tris chooses Dauntless because she believes she needs to re-invent herself. Tris meets her new fellow Dauntless initiates Christina, Peter, Will, and Al; they become friends quickly. Tris then meets Tobias "Four" Eaton who is one of the instructors, and grows a love interest in him. Tris decides to rename herself "Tris" and later...