The Chicago that Beatrice lives in is divided into factions. Each faction has a trait, and each year, every 16 year old much choose which faction they will belong to. They choose from: Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peaceful), Erudite (intelligence). Beatrice has to make the decision of whether to stay in the faction she grew up in, with her family, or to the faction she feels strangely linked to.
Once she has chosen, she finds herself part of initiation. This is a competition with the highest ranked getting the best jobs. Will she be able to prove herself and become part of her chose faction, or will she end up faction-less, one of those living on the outskirts of society? And, what will she do with the secret she carries with her?
I loved this book. It is not often that I am able to read a book that is close to 500 pages in just two days, but I couldn’t put this one down. I am quite upset with myself now because I didn’t grab the sequel, which is sitting on the shelf in the library. Even though I have read quite a few dystopian books in the last few months, this one felt fresh to me. I enjoyed Beatrice as the main character, and felt that most of the characters were well developed. I am looking forward to Monday morning so I can read on!