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. Description from Goodreads
This was in my to-read list after my sister recommended it to me and I honestly have little words to say of it. In short: THIS. BOOK. IS. AMAZING.
Suffice it to say that I read this book in under 24 hours. I literally could not stop. Tris, the main character is from Abnegation and not only does the book have a great plot, but it also really fleshes out the voices of the characters and shows how they develop, which, to me, is so important for a book to have. Veronica Roth spends a lot of time making sure the reader understands the decisions her characters make and you truly get a sense of ‘the world is definitely not black and white.’ It’s so interesting that she developed this concept and it’s so relatable–not all of us are entirely good or selfless.
Also, Four, Tris’s love interest, is exceptionally yummy and I love how their relationship develops through the book and how complicated it seems to be. I’m soooo happy that Roth didn’t succumb to the love trianges/everyone likes me but I only like him kind of love story here. It’s perfectly imperfect.
Definitely recommend this one!