I just picked up the series. In the first book there is a scene where all the 16 year olds choose their faction. One question has been bugging me for a while regarding the choosing ceremony.
In the ceremony, whenever a student’s name is called out, he or she walks to the podium, pick up the ceremonial knife and draw blood from his/her hand and let it drip in the the faction bowl that he/she wishes to choose.
But isn’t the ceremony making the students susceptible to AIDS, HEPATITIS, STDs or other blood borne diseases? Hundreds of students use the same knife to draw blood, it’s like sharing the same syringe or blade.
I was drawn to it because in the second novel, Insurgent, there is a scene where Tris, while at the factionless warehouse thinks that the way factionless are eating food (passing a can of food with spoon and eating one by one) is unhygienic. Ya, sure tris, sharing a spoon is unhygienic but sharing a knife to draw your blood isn’t!
Would love to hear your thoughts, feel free to comment.