Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Divergent Book Club

Thank you to the middle-schoolers who participated in our fun Divergent lunchtime discussion group, featuring the dystopian novel that is the hottest thing since The Hunger Games!  Some of the questions that inspired the most conversation, taken from the HarperCollins discussion guide:

What faction do you think you would have been born into, given your family and its values? Which faction would you select at your Choosing Ceremony? Why? How would you feel about making a decision that would determine your life’s course at the age of sixteen? 

During initiation, is it selfish of Tris to crave victory, or is it brave? Do Tris’s
friends have a right to be jealous when she’s ranked above them? If you were Tris, would you forgive them for their reactions?

Tris says about Candor, “It must require bravery to be honest all the  time” (p. 62). Do you agree? Which do you think is a braver faction, Dauntless or Candor? Would you like to live in a society like Candor, where everyone tells the truth no matter how hard it is to hear?

It was a delight to hear the lively banter, but better yet was seeing our older bookworms emerging as reading butterflies, finding friends with shared interests and enthusiasm.  Sorry, dystopians...there is hope for our society after all.

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