The novel is set in a futuristic dystopian Chicago where the society is split into five ‘factions’ that each focus on one quality: Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (courage), Candor (honesty), Erudite (intelligence) and Amity (kindness). The protagonist is Beatrice (Tris). The United States is dead and now everyone lives in things called factions. Factions are like different parts of town, they are more important than family and each have a theme or what they value most in life. Tris lives with her family in the faction that values charity. It’s one of the lowest factions and everyone steps all over them. Once she comes of age, she is allowed to choose a new faction, so they give her a test and her results are unusual. The person who gave her the test gets scared and records her as the Charity faction. When it comes time to choose her faction (if you choose a different faction then your family, you aren’t allowed to see them) and she chooses bravery. The story takes off from there. The plot is a story of a girl struggling to find herself in a world she’s pressured to be someone else.
I absolutely fell in love with this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an adventurous plot with a love story twisted into it. The book portrayed lots of challenges that teenagers face in daily life, ex: finding themselves and where they fit in this world. It allows teenagers to learn about being accepted into society and being true to yourself. Like realistic fiction, it has moral values but also incorporates and intriguing fantasy world.
The entire book was absolutely flawless, but if I had to choose the most memorable part of the novel was where Tris chooses the district she will live in for the rest of her life. This decision created lots of tension. The entire story was dependent on her decision. As a reader, this part was the most memorable because it created the entire plot.
Review by Zainab, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library