Four and Eric sneer at Tris and doubt her ability to keep up. Each year, all sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test that determines the faction for which they are best suited. She reveals to Tris that her brother George was Divergent but he chose Dauntless as his faction. The simulations act in a hypnotic fashion and initiates forget their situation isn't real. The book is set up in a different way of how the world is being controlled. We get a sense that Beatrice is going to be different from everyone else just by the way her inner turmoil over her life in Abnegation and which faction to choose is emphasized throughout the first and second chapters, before she takes her test.
When Tris returns to Dauntless, she is caught by three masked guys. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one group. Four explains that not all Dauntless initiates will be allowed to enter the faction. Her current position is 20. Reports begin to circulate about how Abnegation leaders—Andrew Prior, and his friend Marcus, in particular—have become corrupt.
They carry her and nearly throw her into the chasm, but she fights herself out. She became Tris' best friend on the first day of Initiation while trying to make it back to the Dauntless compound safely. Next, she is back in the glass tank that fills up with water. Only the top ten initiates will become Dauntless members; the rest will fail out and become factionless, forced to live on the streets of the city in poverty. Caleb and Beatrice are sent upstairs after dinner despite Caleb insisting that he help clean up as they are supposed to be thinking about the Choosing Ceremony the next day.
She thrusts her bound wrists down so the fire burns the ropes, and then plunges her hands into the water as soon as she's free. The next morning, Tris wakes up to find that her friends have been transformed into mindless Dauntless soldiers, thanks to the tracking chemical. Caleb is pale when he returns, but he stays quiet, since discussing results is forbidden. They find refuge in the Amity compound. He announces that his name is Max and that several stories below them is the entrance to the Dauntless compound and that the initiates must jump first or fail initiation. Beatrice runs into a factionless man who asks her for something to eat.
So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. Beatrice and Caleb briefly discuss how the aptitude test could change your mind about which faction to choose before heading to their rooms. The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic. Tris suddenly finds that she's tied up and lashed to a stake among the burning field. After the kids are all put through a brief history of the test and its origins, she gets up to take the test, monitored by a woman named Tori Maggie Q. On the way they come across Peter, who bargains with Tris, saying that if she takes him with her, he'll tell her how to get to the control room. She rescues her daughter, and Tris realizes that her mother was indeed a former Dauntless.
There's blood, violence, and some kissing between her and Four. An Amity boy refuses to jump- saying he'd rather be Factionless than dead. The initiates are given new all-black Dauntless clothing and set to begin training for them to prove they are worthy of staying in Dauntless. The Amity are happy, hippie farmers who dress in shades of sorbet. Veronica Roth is not going to help you in this one. Beyond its literary context, Roth's open declaration of her religion as a Christian has brought commentary from Christian communities both endorsing and challenging the novel.
Beginning in high school, she studied the Bible closely, and has considered herself a Christian ever since. The initiates enter Stage 2 of their training, which involves simulations similar to the aptitude tests. Tris goes to visit Tori. It's Al, having jumped to his death out of guilt. The Candor run the judicial system and value truth about all else. When Max, a Dauntless leader, announces that the initiates must jump between the building they're on and three other buildings into a dark hole, Beatrice still angry throws her outer layer shirt at Peter and makes the leap. It seems that Beatrice is closer to her brother, Caleb, over other members of her family, which makes sense because of how close in age they are, but even they don't have a typical brother-sister dynamic because of their upbringing.
She and Tobias are taken to Jeanine, who explains her plot to take over the government. This is shocking as there have been rumours that Abnegations are children changing fraction because of their treatment to their children. Dauntless leader Eric Jai Courtney gathers everyone over the edge of the rooftop for them to jump into a hole. He has a period of selfishness when Beatrice and Caleb both choose to leave Abnegation, as Natalie tells Tris on Visiting Day. The longer, but still short summary goes a little something like this: Beatrice Prior lives in a future version of Chicago where there are five distinct factions. Believing herself too selfish to be any good in Abnegation, she chooses Dauntless, where she rechristens herself Tris.
It does, and the dog begins to lick her affectionately. Afterward, Eric congratulates her on passing the test and informs her that all Dauntless members must be fitted with a tracking device. . She is upset that she had to do it, but her mother comforts her. Tris realizes that he's afraid of heights. Jeanine managed to create a new serum that does work on Tobias, by changing his perception of people and events.