What better way to learn more about a people (or, in Divergent’s case, a faction) than by studying its most cherished books? To that end, we’ve risked life and limb to bring you this top-secret list of required reads for all 5 factions of Veronica Roth’s bestselling Divergent trilogy. Do you consider yourself Dauntless, but secretly love Abnegation’s reading list? Better keep that deviation to yourself, friend. We’re taking names.
Erudite: The Intelligent
The Erudite are whip-smart masters of logic and reason. But sometimes they lack the human touch.
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
Those in Erudite are most definitely on the side of logic, but they still enjoy reading this story about the power of logic vs. the power of love, in which young Meg Murry travels across time and space in search of her father, and winds up rescuing her brilliant younger brother Charles Wallace from the clutches of an evil disembodied brain known simply as IT.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Erudites are just a little jealous it was Junior, not them, to coin the phrase “book kisser” in this story of a Native American boy who leaves his reservation every day to attend an all-white school. Junior is all about forging his own educational path, and his story is one a true Erudite won’t be able to put down.
The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
Obsessed with squelching out and destroying all ignorance and darkness? You’re probably an Erudite, and you’re probably a Harry Potter fan.
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
For some it’s awkward finding romance when you’re judging people solely by their IQs, but that’s an Erudite’s bread and butter. Proving The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability is such an Erudite turn-on.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
“Oh, sorry, you’re not a child genius? You probably won’t enjoy Ender’s Game, then.” *Pushes thick glasses up bridge of nose*
Abnegation: The Selfless
The noble members of Abnegation are generous—to a fault.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Although The Hunger Games features a great deal of violence in the name of self-preservation, which those in Abnegation disapprove of, they’re still able to enjoy the novel thanks to the unforgettable sacrifice that heroine Katniss Everdeen makes in taking her sister’s place in the deadly 74th Hunger Games.
Every Day, by David Levithan
Talk about abnegation: a disembodied soul known only as A wakes up every day in a new body, and attempts to live through it without derailing the lives of the inadvertent hosts whose lives A temporarily controls.
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
A “Graceling” who has been born with the ability to kill, as well as uncommon physical strength, at first young Katsa is enlisted to serve the king, murdering his enemies and punishing those who defy him. But she soon learns that she’d rather use her powers to protect the innocent—choosing an arduous path of defending others that those in Abnegation know is not easy to follow.
Ask the Passengers, by A.S. King
Though her own life is spinning out of control, closeted teen Astrid still finds time to do what she does best: lie on a picnic table in her backyard, sending judgment-free love to the passengers flying in airplanes overhead.
The Ruining, by Anna Collomore)
When Annie takes her dream job as a nanny for a wealthy island-dwelling couple, she feels extremely lucky—but before too long, Annie’s employer has begun chipping away her privacy and questioning her every motive and decision, driving the young, vulnerable girl to the brink of madness. Would you continue to work for someone like that? A difficult question (unless you’re in Abnegation).
Dauntless: The Brave
There’s a fine line between bravery and recklessness, and the Dauntless walk it every day.
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
When secret agent “Verity” is captured by the Gestapo, she has to use all of her wits and courage to stay alive. The Dauntless admire her tremendous valor in this thrilling nail-biter of a novel.
The Maze Runner trilogy, by James Dashner
“A giant labyrinthine maze filled with horrible creatures? Why yes, I’d sure like to run around in that.” (Said every member of Dauntless ever.)
Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein
It’s easy to cling to your bravery if it isn’t being tested, but if you’ve been thrown in a concentration camp, like the main character in Rose Under Fire, and still maintain your gutsiness, your kindness, your self-respect? That’s Dauntless.
Fire, by Kristin Cashore
It’s okay, even gorgeous, powerful human monsters like Fire have fears. But they overcome them. Here’s your how-to manual.
Candor: The Honest
Even if you think you can handle the truth, you still need a thick skin to live in Candor.
The Fault in our Stars, by John Green
The narrator of this affecting novel, a teenager who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, is heartrendingly honest in her reflection on the nature of life, hope, and tragedy.
Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler
Those in Candor enjoy telling it like it is, no matter how difficult that might be, and that’s why they appreciate the veracity in this bittersweet (and beautifully illustrated) story of adolescent love gone sour.
Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
Susan “Stargirl” Caraway is not your average teenager—she dresses and acts very differently from her peers. It’s not easy to be true to yourself, especially in high school. That’s why Candors appreciate Stargirl’s determination to be exactly who she wants to be.
This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales
Sixteen-year-old Elise Dembowski has long felt like an outcast, and at first she works hard trying to reinvent herself to win acceptance—until she finally meets friends who like her just the way she is.
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a huge fan of the popular Simon Snow series; rereading it, writing fan-fiction, hanging out in forums, and generally turning it into one of the pillars of her daily existence. When Cath goes away to college and is forced to confront the fact that there is life outside of the world of idealizing Simon Snow, it’s not an easy thing for her to face—but as those in Candor know, being honest with yourself—even when it’s hard, in fact especially when it’s hard—is crucial.
Amity: The Peaceful
In the world of Divergent, even peacekeeping can be a dangerous business, as those in Amity know too well.
The Archived, by Victoria Schwab
It’s never easy keeping the peace, but just try doing it when you’re in a building filled with the souls of the dead—who must never be disturbed, lest they try to escape. An inspiring read for those in Amity; a chilling story for everyone else.
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
In this YA take on Groundhog Day, queen bee Samantha must live the last day of her life over and over again, until she makes peace with the person she was as well as those she’s leaving behind.
Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor
In the second book in the popular Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Akiva and Karou are caught on either side of the bloody, age-old conflict between angels and chimeara (or “demons”). Can their once-strong bond help them find the forgiveness and redemption that are so prized in Amity, or will they be doomed to forever seek vengeance and destruction?
I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
Enlisted by a mysterious force that communicates with him via bizarre clues and violent henchmen, underaged cabbie Ed Kennedy helps the people in his small Australian town to find their paths, escape their demons, and salve their loneliness.
For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund
A futuristic reimagining of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, in which the steadfast Anne Elliott becomes Elliot North, a member of the Luddite nobility that arose after an apocalyptic event known as the Reduction. Defying her cruel, spendthrift father, she works to bridge the gap between the Luddites and those that serve them.
Judging by your reading choices, which faction should you be in?