From the dust jacket- 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 read 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 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
Review- I have read and will read a lot of YA this year and in years to come. The only thing that really gets on my nerves is how important the love interest is. Maybe because I like to read about people finding themselves without the need to have someone else or maybe it just because I, personally, do not think that love is the most important thing in any one's life. I think that knowing who you are is more important. That said the romance in this book is background. It is important but it is more important for Tris to discover who she is and what that means. The story is told in first person but the main character is intelligent so it is not a problem. I like Tris because she is willing to learn how to be no matter what that is or who is teaching her. The plot is interesting with friends turning on one another just to be higher ranked in the challenges. The only thing I warn about is there is a suicide in the book. One of the characters who feels that he is without hope kills himself. It is taken very seriously but it could disturb some readers. It is the author's first book and it is a strong start.
I give this Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my library.