My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: I purchased this one
Publication Date: May 3. 2011
Book Description: 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.
My thoughts: As I am writing this review, I have to ask myself "What took me so long to read this book!?" It has been sitting on my shelf since it was published. Many friends have borrowed it, but I hadn't read it yet.
I have to say that this book pulled me right in and it took less than a day to read. I was astounded at the many obstacles that Triss had to go through. Her determination and courage was tested in every way, but she endured and came out ahead of the game. Some of the characters were so evil that I was ready to take them on myself (in a reader sort of way).
I really enjoy the dystopian genre, and this book did not disappoint me in any way. It contains violence, innuendo, and kissing.
Buy if for Kindle or Nook for $2.99