By Veronica Roth
Katherine Teegan Books, 2011
Audience: Older Teens
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.
This is a thick book, but I read it really fast. It was so interesting. I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep track of all the factions, but the author does a good job of reminding the reader about them. Most of the book wasn't too action-packed, but I was expecting a lot of action. That all happened at the end. It felt like the author was setting up everything for most of this book. I can't wait to read the second one! I have a feeling it will be a non-stop reading situation.
It did remind me of The Hunger Games, but not in a super-obvious way. Tris was very different from Katniss, and I still really liked her. And FOUR. Oh my goodness. The romance is this book was AWESOME! I wasn't expecting much romance at all, so it was a nice bonus. Also, let me tell you - I am SO GLAD that there wasn't a love triangle! Hooray! I liked Four so much that I would have been majorly upset if he would have had competition. (And I really need to know who is playing him in the movie, which I seriously can't wait for anymore.)
And the last few chapters and me turning pages faster and faster. I couldn't believe everything that happened. I had no idea how they were going to get out of that mess and I HAD TO KNOW! They had to be ok. I was very emotionally invested.
So, basically, everything you've heard about this book is true. It's awesome!