Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 2011
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Book Summary (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.
I am obviously behind the times. Everyone knows about these books, and I’ve been putting off reading them. Why? I don’t know. Because I have a lot of books to read, probably. But when I saw they were making a movie of this, I decided it was time to get started.
This was an awesome book! I loved the world building and Tris’ character. She is equal parts uncertain and brave, and she struggles with knowing herself, but its all a realistic way to see it. I like the way she comes out of her shell in the end. I enjoyed the dystopian society and the way that civilization breaks down. It just proves that no matter what we do to try and make ourselves perfect, we’ll always fall prey to the same things, over and over. It is also a reminder that history repeats itself, if you don’t watch out for it.
Tris’ relationship with Four is well-done and I was rooting for them the whole time. Her friendships and their pitfalls are also well done.
Its a great book, and you won’t be disappointed if you read it. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Book was purchased by reviewer.