RTW: Choose a Faction

This Week’s Topic: 

What Faction Are You?

To be honest, I haven’t read Divergent. I’ve heard a lot about it and the hype has delayed my reading of the book. That said, I do find the premise rather interesting and perhaps should read the book for that reason alone. For those who haven’t read the book, what I came to understand thanks to Wikipedia, is that the society is divided into five factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Amity and Dauntless. Each year, every 16-year-old chooses which faction to belong to. Today that choice is mine.

Reading through the descriptions, I’d have to choose Erudite, described on Wiki as “The erudite faction focuses on the pursuit of knowledge. The main building of their faction is a library, and the faction produces teachers, librarians, and record-keepers. Members of erudite must always wear at least one article of blue clothing to calm the mind. Members are also known to be particularly eloquent.”

Thank to a Facebook quiz, however, I am apparently better suited to the Candor faction: “The candor faction focuses on honesty, even when it is inconvenient or hurtful. Their standard uniform is a black suit with a white tie, symbolizing the way they see the world, which is in black and white (no gray areas). Members are expected to tell the truth at all times. Their initiation ceremony includes lie detectors and truth serum. There are few secrets in the Candor faction.” I can’t agree with that though since my favourite colour is grey. I don’t see the world in black and white at all. So much for the accuracy of Facebook apps!

Actually, having to choose just one faction annoyed me. I see a part of myself in each of the factions and wouldn’t want to limit myself to only one path. I guess that’s the conflict in the story. I’m going to have to read this book after all…

Have you read the book? Which faction would you choose?

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