Technology in the world has dramatically changed throughout time, from using stone tools for building huts, to massive cranes and bulldozers to construct skyscrapers. While it may seem like technology has reached its limit on how high-tech it can go, we are just getting started. Scientists and engineers are working to develop technology and inventions that will make our lives easier, safer, and more enjoyable. In Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, there are many aspects of technology that have, in some form, been introduced into society.
Divergent opens a hundred or so years from now in a world after World War III. The main character, Beatrice Prior, and her brother are about to choose what “faction” they want to spend the rest of their lives in, Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, or Candor. Before they can choose, they must take “the aptitude test”, which gives them one or two factions that they would fit in the most based on their actions. According to , the “aptitude test” is a serum that is injected into the individual’s arm and puts them into a dream-like state. The participant is given instructions to make choices in different scenarios and those choices reflect their morals and values. This is one technology that has come alive in some form in today’s world. Personality and behavior tests have become a key tool in counseling and therapy to help doctors learn more and better help their patients. Once the test is complete, the test results are given to the test administrator. Beatrice’s results come back as inconclusive, which is dangerous in their world.