Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from the author's official website): In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.
My Summary: In the future, Chicago is separated into five different groups, each with a different virtue or focus. Once a year, all the sixteen year olds gather to pick which faction they will belong to for the rest of their lives. Growing up in a place where selflessness is held above all else, Beatrice knows the right thing to do would be to choose to stay with her family. But what if she doesn't belong? Her struggles with her families way of life seem to be telling her that Abnegation is the last place she should be... or is it?
After taking a test designed to tell her which faction she is most likely to succeed in, Beatrice is more confused than ever. Deciding to put what she wants first, Beatrice makes the choice to leave - a choice that will alter her in ways she can't even imagine.
My Thoughts: I am seriously disappointed in all of you! *Points to readers* Why did nobody tell me how freaking awesome this book was?! What happened to "friends don't let friends not read the most awesome books ever?", hmm?
I finally picked this book up from the library a few days ago because I'd read almost everything in the YA section except Divergent and figured it was time to give it a try. My first clue that it was amazing came when the librarian asked me how many times I'd re-read it. I told her it was my first time reading it and she actually gaped at me. Full-on mouth open in shock and horror gaped. So I ran home and started reading. Two hundred pages later I had to tear myself away to finish some homework, but all I could think about was getting back to the book. It is that good. The story gets stuck in your head and even though horrible things are happening all you want to do is immerse yourself in the atmosphere and the story. The characters were great - they had so much depth (especially Four, love him!) and Tris was anything but predictable. I loved the whole idea of factions based on virtues (and pretty much everything about this book). The writing flowed really well, and the pacing was perfect.
Final Thoughts: I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good YA novel and is looking for something new and refreshing. If you haven't read this book yet, do yourself a favour and get a copy. ASAP. And if you already have and loved it like I did, go pre-order Insurgent!