Divergent Recap – Chapter 5

In which we find out what Beatrice chooses, even though we already know…

They are going to the Choosing Ceremony finally! There is actually a nice metaphor in here

A pale ring of sunlight burns into the clouds like the end of a lit cigarette.

But good job ruining it by adding:

I will never smoke one myself – they are closely tied to vanity – but a crowd of Candor smokes them in front of the building […]

So smokers, fuck you and your vanity, because that’s the only reason you smoke, not because you are addicted to nicotine. Also, honest people are vain? Why? Or maybe it is an error, and she meant Erudite, because we all know evil and vanity goes hand in hand. Btw, I watched an European movie about the life of Hannah Arendt, a well-known thinker, and everyone smokes in that movie. And they are all so so evil. You should watch this movie if you like philosophical thinking.

How come the city is in ruins, but they still have a super huge building, called the Hub. And what’s the utility of this building besides being the place for the Choosing Ceremony. How many chapters do I have to read to find out?

She and her family and other Abnegation people take the stairs. Because they are “selfless” and let an Amity group to take the elevator. Why is there only one elevator in such a huge building? This building has at least 20 stories, so there should be 4 or 6 elevators.

I could be subsumed into Abnegation’s hive mind, projecting always outward.

Abnegation’s sheep minds, not hive mind. Bees are associated with work, you have a bunch of slaves doing the stuff you don’t want to. And please, taking the stairs, keeping the door open don’t represent selfless behavior. But, we established they are not actually selfless, but believe they are.

They get into the room, small or big, who cares? You should apparently care more about B’s angst over her decision. There is a principle in programming: DRY – Don’t Repeat Yourself. It can be successfully applied to writing also, authors. B tells us the crowd looks huge. What’s huge? 100 people? 100000 people?

The responsibility to conduct the ceremony rotates from faction to faction each year, and this year is Abnegation’s. Marcus will give the opening address and read the names in reverse alphabetical order. Caleb will choose before me.

Wow, you rotate the responsibility for a meaningless ceremony, but you didn’t think to rotate the responsibility of governing the city. That’s stupid. And why reverse order? Oh, I know why. Because B needs to be shocked by Caleb’s choice. There is no other reason.

How do they choose their faction? There are 5 huge metal bowls each holding a substance representing the faction: gray stones (Abnegation), water (Erudite), earth (Amity), lit coals (Dauntless) and glass (Candor). The chooser cuts his hand and lets his blood dripping into one of the bowls. Because this is a primitive society with blood bounding rituals. Another argument for my “factions are religions” theory. This is horrible.

Imagine a girl staring at blue lanterns in the ceiling, her hands close to her body, while her mother says to her she loves her no matter what. That’s B, who supposedly has aptitude for Abnegation. A selfless person is also emphatic, which B is not. Not at all.

Welcome to the Choosing Ceremony. Welcome to the day we honor the democratic philosophy of our ancestors, which tells us that every man has the right to choose his own way in the world.

That’s not what democracy is about. Democracy means the rule of the people, ALL people, which clearly doesn’t happen in this society, as only one faction rules them all. One of its characteristics is freedom but that means more than freedom to choose. Freedom of choice means that an individual can choose from at least 2 options, unconstrained by external parties. This kids are forces to choose at 16, which isn’t actually a choice. That’s why you should read some freaking political philosophy before writing dystopian books.

Decades ago our ancestors realized that is not political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world.

Those are exactly reasons for a wars. Except race. Why is it even mentioned here? Maybe the author thinks the American Civil War happened because of race? The war started because of the secession of the southern slaves states which affected the unity of the US, which had various political and economic implications. I know, history is so so hard. But I would also add it to the list of stuff a dystopian author should know about.

Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality – of humankind’s inclination toward evil, in whatever form is.

Those ancestors of yours were pretty stupid. People follow leaders, leaders who promote a certain ideology (political or religious). If the leader is a psychopath or sociopath, guess what happens? WAR! So, what’s evil? The human tendency to obey authority? And “evil, in whatever form is” should be explained. Also, there are views that say that good and evil should be explicitly banned from politics. Of course, there are various religious groups that try to impose their views of evil on another people.

They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world’s disarray.

Because that’s how you’re going to solve all your problems: by being DIVIDED. And there’s a summary of what does each faction blame. You can guess that. Every faction provides for a different sector of society. Apparently, they need leaders in law (Candor). Why is that? It’s not like they are part of the government, so they could draft laws. How does this society even work? The factionless do all the work and the rest pretend to be something?

In our faction, we find meaning, we find purpose, we find life. […] Apart from them, we would not survive.

Again with the meaning bullshit. And every one falls silent because apparently every one fears being factionless more than being dead. Really? I find that so unbelievable. Unless factions are like religious cults that brainwash their believers. That’s sounds about right. This book would be redeemable if all factionless start to kill the factions.

Marcus’s discourse ends finally and the teens start choosing. An Amity girl chooses the same faction, a Dauntless boy switches to Candor. OMG, he’s a traitor and his family will not visit him on Visiting Day. Why do they have such a day? The kids are separated from their families or what? Meh, who cares, not the reader probably.

Humans can’t tolerate emptiness for long.

Except for grieving people and those with chronic depression. What? She doesn’t say what long means. It could mean any period of time.

Caleb chooses. And surprise, he is gonna be an Erudite. Shocking! Not for us, but for Beatrice.

My brother, my selfless brother, a faction transfer? My brother, born for Abnegation, Erudite?

It’s not like you didn’t repeat for a hundred times how selfless your brother is and we don’t know what you think. But still, you feel the need to repeat yourself, B. Oh, but she remembers his stack of books. I don’t think she has aptitude for Erudite either. I mean, an intelligent person can connect the dots.

Some more Beatrice angst over her decision. Yawn. She goes towards the bowls and we find out Marcus has dark blue eyes which are a strange color. What would we have done without this significant detail? I mean it’s nice to be descriptive, but in the right moments. . I mean I can’t believe that she is so full of angst, but still remarks Marcus’s eyes.



















Dauntless. You get a cookie and pat on your head for getting it right. Because that’s how this books makes me feel when I read it. Out.


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