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Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant

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In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.


Decidedly not the virtues listed in Atlas Shrugged, it divides society into castes, not that you are necessarily born into, but choose at the 'age of consent'.


Divergent, part 1, helps set the stage for Insurgent, part 2. Based on a trilogy, part 3, if pending, will be Allegiant. Divergent lays out the premise that played out in Insurgent. Not having read the series, it is a guess at this point as to if the premise is implicit or explicit, although it was probably implicit.


Spoiler based on Insurgent:

A box, containing a message from the founders of 'the experiment', requires a Divergent to reveal the message contained within. The key to the box is an 'integrated' human being - one who can 'pass' the 'test' of each faction. Given that, Abnegation comes across as altruism [morality], it takes looking beyond this point to see the integration. Candor can be added to as a loose form of justice [via honesty].

In a loose way, faction-less and divergent also blurs the lines, leading to an almost natural alliance between the two  As we entered into the city of faction-less, shown were people applying all sorts of different trades to make their economy work, albeit. per one description, the faction-less were merely the janitors, construction workers, and garbage collectors,



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When  you put it that way . . . :), it sounds simplistic.

It is. My mistake, I forgot about the hidden hero of this movie, who doesn't even get any screen time. It's the guy who's keeping everyone stocked up with hair products, in the middle of the revolution. He's literally everywhere: out in the woods, in the hippy colony, in the gutters where they're hiding out, on the freight train they're using to sneak into the city in, etc., making sure everyone has a perfect hairdo.


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I read the first two books and watched the first movie. The premise for the series is actually fairly interesting as far as these things go. It asks the question: which virtue is the most important/moral in society? The five factions in the book base their work, families, friends, and pretty much all of their lives around adherence to the virtue they believe to be the most significant (bravery, selflessness, peace, thirst for knowledge, and honesty).


The first book hooked me early on when the protagonist lives with "Abnegation," the faction which values selflessness, and describes a miserable existence in which she is forced to sacrifice everything for the less fortunate. She lives in a concrete block with only the bare essential amenities, she eats something like gruel or bread for every meal, and she isn't allowed to look in mirrors because doing so would be considered vain and selfish. 

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