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.
Before reading this book, I was a little hesitant after reading so many different reviews all comparing it to the hunger games. Yes the book is narrated from a first person narrative and takes place in a possibly post apocalyptic 'broken planet' society, however, without going into too much detail, that is where the similarities end.
The pace of the action was perfect. This book, which is part of a series of 3, is so addictive. It wasn't too over the top but also wasn't slow. I definitely recommend this for a 5* read to lovers of YA literature, Fantasy, Dystopian, Utopian and some Romance on the side.
Also, the book cover is so pretty!