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.
Why I want to read it:
When you get a text around midnight from a friend saying “OMG I am reading the best book you need to start reading this.” which was followed by another text about a week later, at roughly one in the morning saying “Oh crap, shit just hit the fan. Why aren’t you reading this yet?” one’s interest is most certainly peaked.
This book seems like a cross between Harry Potter and The Hunger Games which is just the right combination for me. Plus when one is tagged in a facebook post with another “subtle” push to read the book from Michele (who has almost the same taste in books as I do) is to determine how far up on my to-read list this book should be bumped up to.