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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well, I have finally finished one of the most successful young adult books of recent history, and I honestly couldn’t be happier. Although often compared to “Hunger Games,” this is a book that deserves its own special spotlight. It is the first in a series, and I am glad I read it before the movie comes out.
First things first. The profanity in the book is extremely minimal and almost not worth mentioning. But that’s not the best part. The two main characters are virgins and not jumping into bed with each other! I realize that could be considered a spoiler, but I don’t think it is. Young adult books have become increasingly more inappropriate in later years, and this book is a welcome relief from that. When my daughter gets a bit older, this will be the book I will want her to read.
The story, characters, and writing style are amazing in this book. I enjoyed it from the beginning, but it wasn’t until the book was almost done that the action truly intensified. I cannot believe how quickly I read the book, and I can hardly wait to read the rest of the trilogy!
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