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.
What can I possibly say about this book that hasn’t been said before?
I actually met Veronica Roth when Divergent was first released, got my book signed and everything (see below)! But I knew I’d want to read the books back-to-back, so I waited…but WOW! What a great beginning to this trilogy. I truly loved that Veronica created an intense, action-packed and romantic story without relying on the much over-used “love triangle,” an absolute page-turner from beginning to end. Beatrice was an admirable character, with a deep inner strength that even she was surprised to discover, and I loved Four (and not just because of his epic swoonworthy-ness), he had this quiet demeanor that hid extraordinary courage, and the strength to stand up to others for what he believed in. The only thing I would like to have seen more of was the world surrounding the story, what little I gleaned from the book made it seem really interesting. I am moving right onto the next book, and I’m excited to see what is next for not only Tris and Four, but what will happen to the Factions as well.