Girl Chooses to Betray Abnegation


Being Separated Physically Is Not the Same as Being Separated Emotionally

1) In Divergent, the main character and a few others join a different faction than their family belong in, but does not forget that they came from that family and faction, and the feelings that they had for them.

2) "'How did you know to find me?' I say.

'I've been watching the trains since the attacks started,' she replies, glancing over her shoulder at me. 'I didn't know what I would do when I found you. But it was always my intention to save you.'

My throat feels tight. 'But I betrayed you. I left you.'

'You're my daughter. I don't care about the factions.' She shakes her head."

3) The quote above was taken from the moment when Tris's mother went to rescue her from a Dauntless prison cell. Even if they were from different factions, even if they were separated by distance, their feelings hadn't changed for each other. This quote also expresses their love for each other, because Tris's mother risked even her life to get into the jail cell to save Tris. Both still felt a strong mother-daughter connection with the other.

4) "'Son,' sighs Marcus.

Tobias winces.

'Hey,' I say, pulling away from Caleb. I remember the belt stinging on my wrist in Tobias's fear landscape and slip into the space between them, pushing Marcus back. 'Hey. Get away from him.'"

5) In this quote, Tobias doesn't forget about his feelings about his father, who was part of the reason why he chose his new faction, Dauntless. One of Tobias's fears is his father's abuse from when he still belonged to his old faction, Abnegation. Even after many years away from his father, Tobias still doesn't forget the pain and dread; his father also still has no real feelings of love for him, only feelings of possession.

6) This theme vaguely reminds me of the Hunger Games, especially with the separation issue. Even if Katniss has chosen to separate from her family and friends and participate in the games in place of her sister, she still thinks of them, and her feelings for them don't change. Instead, the feelings drive her to conquer the Hunger Games.

A sixteen-year-old girl chooses to leave her faction and live a new life in another, more dangerous one.

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is a full-time writer who lives in the Chicago area with her husband. Her book, Divergent, has received many awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book of 2011 and for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011), ALA Teens' Top Ten Nominee (2012), Children's Choice Book Award Nominee for Teen Choice Book of the Year (2012), and DABWAHA for Best Young Adult Romance (2012).