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 can definitely say I absolutely love this book and will be continuing witht he series. I was hooked by the story, so much action and suspence throughout the book, and the characters are memorable in their own way.
What I find interesting is the factions, and the reason why is because different factions goes by different lifestyles based on what they believe in and how their own world is built for example: Erudite’s main building is a gigantic library because their faction is based around their intelligence. Beatrice being the main character had to go through the aptitude test to figure out which faction she wants to live in for the rest of her life.
Beatrice or Tris she calls herself is an excellent female protagonist in my opinion, her progression as a character changes in a very good pace based on her surroundings in a faction she picked. Through the story she would learn how to express herself and importantly standing up for herself and people she had made friends with. There are times where she doubts herself and cries herself to sleep but for very good reason that I am sure lots of people can relate to when it comes to staying in a new place and seeing people that are not familiar.
There are also other characters to consider like Four, Tris’s parents, Will, All, Peter and Christina that you grow to love and hate and because of this, the ending will affect you quite harshly.
Another character I want to discuss is Jeanine who makes a very good antagonist. She uses her intelligence to manipulate and control the other characters mentally, especially people who work for her. She also created these certain injections to know people certain fears and weaknesses and has great joy bringing people down, particularly people who are divergent because they don’t get affected by injections as easily as other people, and from Abnergation who she considers useless.
Overall I very much enjoy this book and will continue the series. I give 41/2 out of 5.