Is divergent thinking the best?

Have you ever wondered what would happen to kids if they had no food, no electricity and had mutant powers? This book “Hunger” demonstrates the theme of “Of thinking divergently, and not convergent.” Divergent thinking is not only the key point to winning inside the book, but also is an important tool that you should utilize in your life. But using divergent thinking, you can achieve your goals in many other ways. “It’s ready for me Duck.” (Grants,569) Duck…’Sam said, and fell, face down. He did not move” (569). At that exact moment, Sam knew that both Caine and his power cannot kill the Gaiaphage, as he was recover, he had thought of a rarely successful idea. Since Duck Zhang has to power to sink and drill things down to the earth, he realized that maybe he could throw Duck Zhang towards the Gaiaphage, causing the Gaiaphage to be drilled down to the core of the earth.


I can especially connect to this theme because I have seen this theme being told by many people. For example, during the summer, I went to this camp in Hong Kong called “Super Camp”, there, it taught me many valuable life skills including thinking divergently, and not convergent. They also told us that when you encounter problems in life, there is always more than one solution to it. Sometimes, the weirdest, or the most unusual solution can be your best and fastest way to solve the problem. One real event that happened during my life is that during the ISAC basketball. At the end of the 3rd quarter, our school team was losing by 25 points. All of us thought that there was absolute no way that we would catch up because the opposing team had a big player that had scored all of the points. Suddenly, the coach told us that we should double team the player, making him unable to score. By using this tactic, we managed to bring the range between us and the opposing team closer, and eventually, we won the game. After the game, all of us made positive comments towards the coach. This was because he had thought divergently, and used a solution that many other coaches wouldn’t use. Since the definition of double teaming is having 2 people guarding a person, which means that another opponent team member would be open. All of us were scared that by using this tactic, the gap would increase because that meant there would be more opportunities for the open player to shoot. But to our surprise, not only the double teaming had solved the solution of opponents scoring, we also felt proud to have such a smart coach.


Grant, Michael. Hunger: A Gone Novel. New York: HarperTeen, 2009. Print.