My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Oh my, what a wonderful adventure I was on. I’m kinda sad I finished the book. I tried my best to savor the words, the characters, the world I was in but to no avail 😦 I finished it because it was such a great, fast paced read. I have been wondering how this book would go, since it is being made into a movie. Would it be awesome like Hunger Games? or something completely different? and I either really dislike it (hardly) or really love it (usually). Well my verdict is in and I loved it!!! For me it’s different and wonderful. How would I react if I had to make a choice to either stay within my fraction, with family and friends, or choose another fraction and leave everything I know behind. I honestly wouldn’t be able to make that choice. At least not when I’m young, haven’t tried the other fractions out, and don’t have any friends with other members of the different fractions. I’m waiting to head into town to get the second book. I’m chomping at the bits to find out where Tris, Four, Caleb, and the rest end up.
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.