Divergent is set in the future, in a dystopian book that has the society divided into five factions: Abnegation, Candor, Amity, Dauntless, and Erudite. The protagonist and narrator is a sixteen-year-old girl from Abnegation named Beatrice Prior.
Main character Tris and her peers is about to take an aptitude test to match her with one of society’s five factions.
"I don’t care about the factions. Look where they got us. Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again.”
Tris constantly feels torn between being brave and unselfish. She is smart but physically small, so her performance swings between poor and excellent depending on the type of challenge she faces.
The biggest theme throughout the book is birds which happens to be Trishs' identity. During her aptitude test, she notices that Tori, the Dauntless test administrator, has a hawk with a red eye tattooed on her neck. Tori explains that in some cultures, the hawk was a symbol of the sun, so the tattoo reminds her that she conquered her fear of the dark.