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 book journey started like many of mine (me standing in an isle of books, not knowing what to buy when I saw this and thought “Huh, I’ll give it a shot…”) and I honestly thought that I would not like it. I read the Hunger Games before it was “cool” and didn’t really give dystopia a second thought until now. Long story short, I flew through this book. I read fast anyway -so it usually takes me about 3 sittings to finish a book- but this was finished in about 4 hours. I can honestly say that there are very few books above this one on my favorite list. Along with being VERY well written, this is just an amazing story. The plot line is perfectly paced depending upon what is happening. The characters are complex and have you rooting for most of them at one point in time. The story is based on people’s personalities and what they strive to be. I personally think I’d be Dauntless. Not because that’s what everyone wants to be but because I really am a bit of a daredevil, a thrill seeker. I will do anything daring or crazy and enjoy every minute of it. I want to be fearless forever. You need to read the book and decide what you think. Feedback and a good book debate is always fun for me so comment away…