Welcome, new Initiates! We know you loved the Divergent film, so we thought we’d share eight juicy details that weren’t in the movie you can look forward to when you read the book.
1. There’s more than hamburgers in the Dauntless cafeteria—there’s chocolate cake! Can you guess which non-initiate knows about it?
“At the end of the hallway she turns and says, ‘Have a piece of cake for me, all right? The chocolate. It’s delicious.’” – pg. 188
2. Tris gets a totally badass Dauntless makeover from Christina.
“Ten minutes later I stand in front of a mirror in the clothing place wearing a knee-length black dress. The skirt isn’t full, but it isn’t stuck to my thighs, either—unlike the first one she picked out, which I refused. Goose bumps appear on my bare arms. She slips the tie from my hair and I shake it out of its braid so it hangs wavy over my shoulders. Then she holds up a black pencil. ‘Eyeliner,’ she says. “You aren’t going to be able to make me pretty, you know.” I close my eyes and hold still. She runs the tip of the pencil along the line of my eyelashes. I imagine standing before my family in these clothes, and my stomach twists like I might be sick. ‘Who cares about pretty? I’m going for noticeable.’” – pg. 86-87
3. Even Peter has someone to fear during initiation…
“Edward and Peter take longer. Though they are the two best fighters, the disparity between them is noticeable. Edward’s fist slams into Peter’s jaw, and I remember what Will said about him—that he has been studying combat since he was ten. It’s obvious. He is faster and smarter than even Peter.” – pg. 171-172
4. There’s a scene with a butter knife… and it’s more than a little bloody.
“Surrounding his head is a halo of blood, and jutting between his clawing fingers is a silver knife handle. My heart thumping in my ears, I recognize it as a butter knife from the dining hall” – pg. 202
5. It’s Christina, not Tris, who captures the flag.
“Uriah claps my shoulder, and I try to forget about the look Christina gave me. Maybe she’s right; I’ve already proved myself today. I do not want to be greedy; I do not want to be like Eric, terrified of other people’s strength. The shouts of triumph become infectious, and I lift my voice to join in, running toward my teammates. Christina holds the flag up high, and everyone clusters around her, grabbing her arm to lift the flag even higher. I can’t reach her, so I stand off to the side, grinning. A hand touches my shoulder. ‘Well done,’ Four says quietly.” – pg. 154
6. Tris was never supposed to go zip lining—which makes it all the more thrilling.
“Uriah looks down the hallway. The Dauntless-born initiates disappear around a corner. Then he grins a little. ‘Want to get out of here?’ ‘What?’ I ask. ‘Where are you going?’ ‘To a little initiation ritual,’ he says. ‘Come on. We have to hurry.’ I briefly consider my options. I can sit here. Or I can leave the Dauntless compound. I push myself to my feet and jog next to Uriah to catch up to the Dauntless-born initiates. ‘The only initiates they usually let come are ones with older siblings in Dauntless,’ he says. ‘But they might not even notice. Just act like you belong.’ ‘What exactly are we doing?’ ‘Something dangerous,’ he says. A look I can only describe as Dauntless mania enters his eyes, but rather than recoil from it, as I might have a few weeks ago, I catch it, like it’s contagious. Excitement replaces the leaden feeling inside me.” – pg. 210-211
7. Will and Christina are totally in luuurrve!
“‘Hey now,’ says Christina, brushing Will’s shoulder with her fingers. ‘This is supposed to be a lighthearted session of symbolic document destruction, not a political debate.’ I bite back what I was about to say and stare at the stack of paper in my hands. Will and Christina share a lot of idle touches lately. I’ve noticed it. Have they?” – pg. 318
8. Tris and Four’s first kiss doesn’t take place in Four’s apartment.
“For a few minutes we kiss, deep in the chasm, with the roar of water all around us. And we rise, hand in hand, I realize that if we had both chosen differently, we might have ended up doing the same thing, in a safer place, in gray clothes instead of black ones.” – pg 338
Veteran Initiates—tell us what else new Initiates have to look forward to in the book that wasn’t in the movie!
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