What does being factionless mean?
In Divergent, nearly everyone is born into a family that belongs to one of five factions. At sixteen, each individual formally declares an allegiance to a faction. Those who live apart from the factions are known as the factionless. Individuals can be declared factionless for a number of reasons. The most common is when a novice fails to complete initiation into his or her faction of choice. This can happen at any stage of initiation. In the novel, Molly and Drew become factionless when they fail to rank in the top ten after Stage Three of the initiation process. In Chapter 6, a Dauntless candidate falls to her death as she tries to jump from the train to the roof of Dauntless headquarters. Later in the story, Edward and Myra leave Dauntless after Edward is stabbed in the eye by Peter and Drew. Being factionless means that one must live on the outskirts of society and depend on factions like Abnegation for sustenance and shelter. The factionless also perform the dirtiest jobs in the city. Many are garbage collectors, janitors, and construction workers, while others operate the trains and buses.