Katherine Tegen Books
April 25th 2011
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.
I really struggled to sum my thoughts and feelings about this book into a review. The book is good and has lots of action but what really bugged me is with a lot of dystopian books they give background and this one doesn’t. I understand that in their world you are divided into factions but what I really want to know is why?
This whole book is based on choices and what happens after you make those choices. The book centers mainly on Tris and her initiation into the faction she chooses (no I’m not going to tell you what that is, read it yourself to find out) and the struggles she goes through to prove herself.
Regardless of what I said right at the beginning of my review I actually still loved this book and yes I loved it enough to give it the 5 starts it rightfully deserves.
This book is so action packed that you might need to go back and read something again (I did) just to make sure you know exactly what is going on. It has so many twists and turns that I feel like I was in a maze and that’s a good thing. It’s those OMG moments that make you love the book even more. The ones where you feel like you should have seen them coming the whole time but you didn’t.
Tris is one of those main characters that you learn to love. I wasn’t a big fan of her at the beginning with her belief systems. I wanted to give her the benefit of doubt about them because they were drummed into her for the 16 years of her life but I just couldn’t. It annoyed me so much but in the end she won me over.
Overall I liked this story and I am already planning when I can read the next one