Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult
Publish Date: February 2012
Personal Rating: 4.5 Stars
About the Book:
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.
So I’m a little late on all the hype with this book and I’m kind of sad I didn’t read it sooner. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, in the very beginning of this book I thought it would be a great read for my 15 year old, but as I got further I realized this is definitely one of those young adult books that is more adultish.
I loved the entire premise of the book with the different factions. I was fascinated with their differences, beliefs, and workings. As I was reading the initiation for Beatrice (Tris), I wondered if the other factions had their own initiations or because they were other characteristics they didn’t do that. The little glimpses we get from her time out and about just made me want to know more. There’s no much more to the factions and their interactions I hope there’s more to come in the next book.
The relationships of Tris and Four, of Tris and her family, of Tris and the other fellow initiates are really strong. I think these relationships and interactions helped to build the story and keep it going with all the dystopian world building and describing. Many times my heart was breaking and other times my heart was jumping for joy.
I would have to say this book was very similar to Hunger Game, but not the same. If you enjoyed Hunger Games and are looking for more, I definitely recommend this book.