In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is-she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
This was a really good book. As I started to read this book I wasn’t sure I would like it. I guess the writer may have intended that though. For the main character Beatrice is a part of the Abnegation community. A community that for all purposes is dull but honors the trait of selflessness. So reading it at first was kind of boring and uninteresting. However, Beatrice makes a choice at the choosing ceremony for sixteen year olds. At this ceremony the children can either choose to stay in their current faction or choose to leave their friends and family and switch factions. Beatrice renames herself Tris and embarks on a new journey. I don’t think it is much of a spoiler because it seems pretty obvious that she switches factions. I won’t spoil which one she switches too. In her new faction she meets new friends and she gradually makes a love interest. This book was very much an action packed, dystopian story as it was a coming to know yourself story. A lot of deep issues were addressed in this book. Such as the ideas each faction stood for and whether they chose the right paths by dividing people into these factions. This book warrants a lot of discussion. Also, the book ends with major developments, paving the way for future books. I would definitely recommend this book to people.
I believe the next book is called Insurgent.