In Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent Chicago is divided into five factions, Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the friendly), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the courageous), and Erudite (the wise). At the age of sixteen members of each faction must take a test to determine whether they should stay in their own faction or choose a new faction. Testing for more than one faction is considered dangerous, and those who test for more than one faction are called Divergent.

The purpose of The Divergent: Chicago Meetup is to provide a social organization for young adults in Chicago (20s and 30s) whose interests cannot be defined or confined to a single faction. In this social group we aim to bring down the barriers between the five factions and participate in an array of exciting events that represent the diversity of all five factions. Events will be labeled by the name of the faction most likely to embrace the event or labeled Divergent if the event cannot be confined to a single faction. Although the group is aimed at young adults in their 20s and 30s, the Divergent of any age are welcome to join this meet up and attend its events.

The first event of this Meetup will be to attend on March 21 the premiere of the new soon-to-be blockbuster movie Divergent, based on the bestselling trilogy of books by Chicago’s own Northwestern graduate Veronica Roth. Other events soon to follow include socializing over truly excellent Dauntless cake, visiting a museum in a nod to the Erudite, and participating in a community outreach activity in the spirit of the Abnegation. Until we meetup again, remember that selflessness is the greatest form of bravery.

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