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.Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. -from bn.com
This book was good. Like, I'm-not-taking-notes-in-bio-because-I-must-finish-this-book good.Most dystopian books are very similar, and I admit, this one fell right into the pack. But what really made the book for me was the characters, not necessarily the plot line. And oh, how great the characters were.
Tris isn't beautiful. No, she's seemingly average. Until she has to take a test and pledge her allegiance to a faction, and learns that maybe she isn't so ordinary. More like extraordinary. Choice after choice she has to make, and all of them complicated with consequences. Some of them she comes out awesomely, others not so awesome. But each and every one changes her from the shy Abnegation girl she started out as.
Then there's Four. Four, Four, Four. He's a total badass. Like, if he took on Jace Wayland in a fight, I have no idea who'd win. Each page you fall more and more in love with him. He can fight AND he;s sweet. All the time. Well... mostly.
I can't stop thinking about this book. May first- when the sequel comes out- cannot come fast enough. I'd have to give this one 51 out of 51 tacos. Too good to be true, you say? Don't take my word, read it yourself! (Or go check out Sam's review here.)