“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”
This book had so many amazing reviews, I had to at least try to read it. The first couple of chapters were all setup and kind of slow but once I pushed through those, the story was so unique and enticing I couldn’t stop until I finished. The ideas behind the story were amazing, I have no idea how Roth came up with them. The internal struggle of Tris and having to decide whether to stay with her family or choose the faction she has always dreamed of being a part of. This exaggerated version of what most teenagers go through is so powerful because it connects to so many people and I think that’s what makes it so good. Also, the fact that Tris finds a romantic fantasy and struggles to make it a reality which is what a lot of girls dream of having. Although extremely frustrating at times, the romance aspect is adorable and I loved it.
The actual writing and layout of the book was just not as great as I expected. I did love the story, but the whole book I felt like I was just waiting for something to happen. The entire book was just build up which would have been okay if it was a shorter. It felt like the rising action lasted forever but nothing had really happened. That though, is definitely not a reason not to read it because this book is so interesting and one of a kind, it even invaded my dreams. I definitely recommend reading this book and the rest of the series because it only gets better.