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.
Wow! I loved Divergent! I really recommend it. It was so full of action, easy to read and follow, and held my attention.
In theory the government of this book should run smoothly, having been set up with the purpose of preventing war. Corruption isn't something so easy to stamp out though.
I can't get enough of books with strong female characters, and Tris is strong, choosing to leave her family to join another fraction, Dauntless. The Dauntless are kind of crazy, jumping from trains, jumping from roofs, and learning to fight and kill.
Things aren't all peachy though, Tris is Divergent, which just means that her brain can't be manipulated like others, and because of that it puts her in danger. Along with being Divergent, Tris also struggles with living away from her family and adjusting to learning that she's Dauntless and trying to figure out what being Dauntless really implies.
I loved the characters, especially Tris and Four. I also really loved Tris's mom, who I think was the strongest and most honorable person in the book. She kind of reminded me of Sarah Conner from The Terminator movies haha just more polite.
I really just can't wait to read the 2nd book in the trilogy, Insurgent. I just hope that it's as amazing as this book was.