In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.
Wowzas. This book is utterly amazing and brilliant. I voraciously read it and am looking around for seconds. I'm sad that I'm not still reading about Tris and Four. The initiation is over and a whole crud-load of stuff has gone down. Now I want to see what happens next.
Tris is a bad-ass. I want to be her. As I was reading, she made me feel powerful and strong. I was cheering for her and mentally pumping my fist at her achievements and choices. Her voice is so strong and true throughout the whole book. She made me want to stand up for who I love and what I believe in. This book gave me chills. So great!
Then there's Four. Oh, man. He is so strong and tough, yet not afraid to be caring. The way he is with Tris is true perfection. He pushes her to be her best, even when it's uncomfortable and not what she wants to hear. There were quite a few moments with them that I had to read a few times before moving forward :)
I know I should have read this book ages ago, but better late than never. Can't wait to read the next one!!
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: This was a borrowed book.