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.
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 know, I know... I'm so behind the times in reading this! Hell, the movie is out on DVD already! Better late than never, right? The concept for this book is great and I loved it! I loved the story and character development. There was a major letdown with this book - the ending. It felt rushed and anti-climatic. Like the last episode of Season 1 of Heroes. This definitely tanked my rating. The ONLY reason I'm continuing is because of the popularity of this book series. My hope is that all of you can't be wrong and the series gets better!
I wound up giving it a 3/5 bookworms (I told you the ending tanked it).