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 threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.
what we thought:
l: only a few chapters in, i was obsessed with this book. i was completely immersed in veronica roth’s fascinating dystopian world.
m: when i first started the book, i was kind of confused. there were all sorts of things going on and so much information to understand and grasp.
l: i definitely agree. even though it was a world so different than the world we live in today, it definitely mirrored the way our society functions.
m: i agree. moving through the book you notice different connections between their world and ours. when the characters are introduced, i think that is when you really connect with the story.
l: tris, the protagonist, is a fabulous female lead. she had strength and determination, but had definite life to her, as well. i rooted for her through all of the challenges she faced, and i enjoyed watching her grow as a character.
m: nice use of the big words! 😉 i agree with your opinion of tris. she was selfless and strong yet she didn’t even know it. i admire that about her. i mean she must be somewhat appealing because four did choose her.
l: spoiler alert!!! four, four, four. ❤ i have a weakness for a good love story, and this book definitely delivered. four, the daaaaaashing male lead, was a complex character that added a lot to the story. i think i might have fallen for him as hard as tris did… 😉
m: four was a character that i immediately liked. he was charming, attractive, and a tad bit scary (in a good way). he added another dimension to the plot. i agree with the fact that i think i’m falling for four…
l: haha, i think we all are. i loved that he showed her aspects of personality that she didn’t realize were there, and he recognized the strength within her, even when she was doubting herself.
m: awwwwwww! that is so true. he brings out things in tris that were unrecognizable to people who didn’t take the time to give her a chance.
l: ahem! peter.
m: haha. well, we don’t want to spoil the whole book. sorry four, we could talk about you all day.
m and l: we love you!!!!!!
l: that’s the book nerd swag talking.
rating! out of five stars: *****
masie’s favorite quote: “we believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for one another.” – veronica roth, divergent
lyli’s favorite quote: “i have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.” – veronica roth, divergent
do we recommend this book? yesyesyesyesyesyesyes. <4 (get it? like, ❤ but with a four. hehe 🙂 )
~ masie & lyli ~