Sorting Boston into Divergent Factions
Dystopian young adult books-turned-blockbusters are all the teenage rage right now, the latest being the second installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, Insurgent.
The Divergent series, as YA enthusiasts know, takes place in a dystopian Chicago, a post-apocalyptic time when survivors are divided into societal “factions” based on personalities and dispositions.
Though Chicago is Roth’s city of choice, this time we’re going to make it about us. Last year, we took a shot at sorting the city into the Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter. Now, we’ve placed Boston’s finest people, places, and things into the five factions in Divergent: Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, Abnegation, and Amity. And then of course, there are the Divergents.
Remember, faction over blood, folks.
Dauntless are fearless, brave, and often aggressive people. They serve as the city’s protectors.
Mayor Marty Walsh
Curt Schilling’s bloody sock
Boston Police Department
MBTA Orange Line
Chicken and Rice Guys
Candor strives to be frank, open, and sincere, even when it’s not always necessary. They avoid duplicity and deception, believing openness is ideal.
Boston Public Library
Curt Schilling’s Blog
Erudite focuses on acquiring knowledge, blaming human ignorance for society’s failures.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
The State House
The State House Time Capsule
Abnegation believes in selfless actions and attaining peace by eliminating acts of vain nature. By doing so, they forget themselves and help others.
Lucky the Leprechaun
Wally the Green Monster
New Kids on the Block
MBTA Blue Line
Bunker Hill Monument
Franklin Park Zoo
The Barking Crab
Amity is into peace, harmony, and overall chillness. They dislike work and sadness, and try to earnestly understand each other.
MBTA Red Line
New England Aquarium
The Funky Bunch
Boston Comic Con
Legal Sea Foods
Divergent is not a faction, but a word used to describe those who don’t fit into one societal quality, but many. Divergence symbolizes a sort of uniqueness and liberty, and with that comes a natural state of nobility.
One Boston Day
Super Bowl XLIX
New England Studios
Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island Beach House
BONUS: The Factionless
The people who don’t fit in anywhere for obvious reasons.
MBTA Green Line
Blake Lively’s Boston Accent
Lead Illustration: Boston Skyline image by walknboston on Flickr, Good Will Hunting still via Miramax, Ted still via Universal Pictures, battered ledge cropped from Divergent promo poster via Lionsgate. Banners: Boston skyline image by Werner Kunz on Flickr.