Christina was born into Candor, but chooses Dauntless. She’s described as being tall with dark skin and dark hair. She becomes one of Tris’ best friends during their initiation period and assists Tris with looking more Dauntless. She works very hard and has a witty personality. She embarks on a romantic relationship with Will, another Dauntless initiate and member of her and Tris’ circle of friends. She makes it through initiation, but falls victim to the Simulation Serum soon after.
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Christina is a character in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. She transferred to Dauntless from Candor, and was Tris’ first and best friend during her initiation into Dauntless. She was first introduced when she helped Tris onto the Train after the Choosing Ceremony. Christina befriends Tris and becomes a vital part in the beginning of Tris’ new life in Dauntless.
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Why We Like Her
Christina is the best friend that I think many of us would like to have. She is able to hold her own in Dauntless and definitely exudes bravery in her actions. She also has a sense of humor that often comes out when interacting with Tris. – Ashleygirl10
Christina leaves her safe Candor life to begin anew with the Dauntless. It’s a brave and anyone can say takes guts, especially for a girl afraid of moths. I’ve always liked Christina and thought of her as a particularly strong character next to Tris. She goes through a heck of a lot more than anyone of us would want to (namely the whole brainwashing thing), but she doesn’t complain. Even when she learns it was Tris that killed Will, she doesn’t hate her best friend. Christina’s power to forgive and focus on the task at hand is truly admirable – making her an epic character. – Kennedy
PETRA ARKANIAN (Ender’s Game)
Petra was the first Salamander whom Ender met when he was assigned to his first Army. As with many others before and after him, he initially mistook her for a boy. Her being a girl drew unwelcome attention to her throughout her military career, and she was not particularly popular with the rest of Salamander Army. She did, however, offer to give Ender some extra training, and taught Ender how to use his gun to shoot, and several other Battle Room maneuvers, which he had not been able to master during his abbreviated stay with his launch group. This drew the ire of Bonzo Madrid, the commander of Salamander Army, who hated Ender. Petra eventually became the commander of her own army (Phoenix).
As tensions between Bonzo and Ender escalated, Petra tried to instigate a fight between Ender and Bonzo’s thugs by slowing him down in the hallway. She figured that she and Ender, who were trained in hand-to-hand combat, could take on the attackers in the narrow hallway, rough them up enough to get the fight out of them, and then the tensions would be gone. Instead, Bean, misunderstanding Petra’s intent, summoned Dragon and Rabbit army to escort Ender safely back to his barracks.
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In Ender’s Game, Petra is one of the few female students at the Battle School. As something of an outcast herself, she acts as an older sister towards Ender Wiggin and teaches him how to shoot. In fact she may, in the beginning, have identified with Bean because in many ways he was so similar to Ender (small size, amazing genius). In Shadow of the Hegemon, it’s mentioned that one of her teachers found her so aggressive that he actually had her genome scanned to make sure she wasn’t a boy.
Petra becomes a member of Ender’s “jeesh,” or informal team and as such she rejoins him in Command School, where she serves as one of his most capable lieutenants during the campaigns against the Buggers.
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Why We Like Her (mild spoilers)
One of the few female characters in the book, Petra has to be my favorite. Not only does her gender separate her from the rest of the Battle School soldiers but she was the first to help out Ender in the Battle Room. I think because of this kindness she became one of the first characters to make me fall for the book. Also, one of my favorite quotes from the Ender’s Game series is said by her in the Shadows Saga, Ender’s Shadow: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” – ausomejen