Factions (Divergent)

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In the Divergent book trilogy and film series, factions are societal divisions that classify citizens based on their aptitudes and values.[1] The factions are Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the kind), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), and Candor (the honest). On an appointed day every year, 16-year-olds select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives after they take a placement test.

In an interview, Veronica Roth describes the factions to have expanded from her initial conception when she did world building. She added Candor to fill "a gap in the reasoning behind the world that needed to be filled."[2]

Many reviews for the Divergent novels criticize the social structures that create the factions within the novel. For example, the Kirkus Reviews on the first novel called the social structure a "preposterous premise."[3]


  1. ^ Roth, Veronica. "Bonus materials: Q&A with Veronica Roth". Divergent. New York: Harper Collins, 2011. 8.
  2. ^ Kirsch, Becky. "Divergent Author Veronica Roth Says "All the Pressing Questions That You Have Will Be Answered" in Allegiant". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  3. ^ "Divergent". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 28 December 2012.