Divergent Book Report
Beatrice Prior lives in a future version of the world. Contained in this world are five distinct factions which each value different characteristic. Each member thrives to be characterized by that trait or will be put at risk of being “factionless”. On choosing day, Beatrice chooses to ditch her Abnegation lifestyle for Dauntless, however, due to being a rare condition called “Divergent” should could have practically chosen any faction. While fighting to rank high enough in the various tasks Dauntless provides to see who is worthy of staying, Beatrice realizes one of the factions has gone rogue and is willing to do anything to gain power.
The novel takes place in a futuristic, Chicago like city divided up into five regions. The regions include: the Dauntless region, the Abnegation region, the Candor region, the Amity region and the Erudite region. As stated by the popular literature analyzing website “Shmoop”, the city is in fact a dystopian Chicago and can be identified with the slightly tweaked landmarks of the city. Some of the landmarks included are: the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, the Willis Tower and Cloud Gate (Shmoop). The city contains many abandoned buildings and multiple parks. Also included is a central hub where the choosing ceremonies occur for newly of-age applicants. There is a train which has tracks throughout the city, going cross-faction. Surrounding the city is a huge fence that is not to be crossed by anyone for any reason. The story mainly revolves around the Dauntless compound, which contains the training room, the simulation room, the dormitory and the dinning hall.
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I believe the main character, Beatrice, would make a great friend because she is caring, witty and determined. Beatrice cares about what others think and tries to be nice (to most) by sticking up for them. For example, Beatrice was willing to take Al’s place when Eric punished him by throwing knifes around him. She stuck up for him by stating “Stop it. Any idiot can stand in front of a target, it doesn't prove anything except that you are bullying us” (105). She is also very smart and can sense when situations go awry very quickly. She is able to react, make a plan, and execute it almost as fast as the speed of light.
I believe Jeanine Matthews would make a horrible friend due to her selfish and evil ways. She is willing to do anything to be powerful which includes creating a serum, injecting it into all the Dauntless members, and controlling their minds to kill all the Abnegation members to gain power and overthrow the government. She also attempts to kill anyone who stands in her way of gaining power, such as the “Divergents”.
I believe that if Beatrice had an antiserum to the mind controlling serum Jeanine created, she could have injected the Dauntless members in her dormitory with it, and could have saved many lives, including her fathers. This antiserum concoction would target the serum already in the blood stream...