In a future Chicago, once a teenager turns sixteen, they must choose to belong in one of the five factions, each of which gives them a whole different life. Sixteen year olds take a test to show which faction they really belong in, but they can still choose whichever faction they please. Tris gets some very interesting results when she takes her test, which ultimately leads her to the choice between Abnegation, where she would live a selfless, safe life in contact with her family, or Dauntless, where she would take risks, be brave, and possibly never see her family again. Her decision could cause some tremendous events.
Although I did like the book, I thought it had a lot of wasted potential. It would have been very interesting to see how the factions were created and what lead to the world that Tris’s generation lives in. Veronica Roth also wrote many of her sentences in a short, choppy manner, which I thought lessened the quality of the writing and made it more boring. The main idea of the book was fantastic and full of interest, but I just wish it was written in a different way.
One memorable event in the book was when Tris had just decided on her faction. I thought that it was interesting to see her worrying and her back and forth thinking, and the few chapters that followed that part were very original and fantastic to me.
Review by Kitty, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library