Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: 2011
Description: 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.
I read this book for 2 reasons: first, my niece loves it. She told me it’s better than The Hunger Games, which I really liked. Second, I’m going to be meeting the author at Book Expo America in a couple weeks and I didn’t want to meet her without having read one of her books.
Since there are thousands of reviews of this book online already, I’m not going to review it. I will say that I did like it (not as much as The Hunger Games though) and if you like dystopian literature and underdogs coming out ahead then you’ll probably like it too. There are a lot of questions left unanswered but I’m hoping that maybe they’ll be answered in the next book or two.
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