Divergent is set in a dystopian Chicago world. Society is split up into five factions. Each faction cultivates a particular virtue. The factions are: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). All sixteen-year-olds must select the faction they will be assigned to the rest of their lives. There is also a highly competitive initiation period.