Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
Everyone was raving about this book for the longest time so I just had to pick it up and give it a try. It didn’t take me long to get into the story or to read the book- once I picked it up I couldn’t stop. I really enjoyed the writing and the story line- somewhat along the same lines at the Hunger Games- child needs to help their “community” and so does some heroic things… Regardless of that though, I really enjoyed the story.
Tris, the main character, is hard not to relate to- she is different and is told not to let others know that she is different because it could result in death. Everyone feels like they are different at some point in their lives and really does not want to let others know that they are different because it could result in ridicule and torture. I, for example, hated telling kids in my elementary school that I loved reading books- it just wasn’t cool. If I had told them, then I would have been made fun of for a long long time.
Of course there is a boy in the story, and an older, powerful, handsome boy for that matter. What adventure/action book is complete without having a love story thrown in? Again, it is easy to relate to Tris when she begins to have feelings for Four and tries to figure out where things are going- we’ve all been there before.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to Insurgent.
“Half of bravery is perspective” (Page 458)
“Sometimes pain is for the greater good” (Page 465)