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Author: Veronica Roth

Release Date: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Summary (Amazon):

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.

My Thoughts:

This. Book... O.O

As you can tell... I felt... I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Not to seem blasphemous or anything, but this was like a new The Hunger Games without all of the blood, gore, and actual games. This book actually reminded me of the Panem in The Hunger Games. Well, if Panem was all connected, and if people could change districts in Panem.

Beatrice or Tris is a great character to follow. She's not sure if she should do what her parents and her faction wants her to do, or to follow what she wants to do, for herself. I found myself thinking 'Do what YOU want to do! SCREW all of the people trying to hold you back!' Her character makes me want to smack all of the various people on the heads and ask what they think they're doing.

Oh, and the love interest! You will not believe it! Well, then again, you may guess about it in the beginning of the book, and then when you finally figure out who it is, you will be pleasantly surprised; I know I was. I for one think that her love interest is the best pick.

This story has plenty of ups and downs, like a roller coaster (and just like a normal girl's life). All that Tris wants' is to feel accepted and be looked at as not just that one girl from Abnegation. She's kind of like us normal, everyday girls (without the dystopian city/ time period).

I highly recommend this book to anyone who'll read it. If I gave out stars, I'd give this five (5) of them. I CANNOT wait to read the next one in the series, Insurgent.

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