Ruby was one of the few children to survive. When the first of her classmates died, she was shocked. Soon, half her class was gone. On her 10th birthday, her parents have her sent to Thurmond, a ‘rehabilitation’ camp, one of many places for children with special abilities. When she is classified, she is able to trick the doctor into putting her in the Green group. As a Green, she has fewer freak abilities and is able to move more freely around camp.
Six years later, the PSFs who are in charge of the camp are on the verge of realizing the truth. She is really an Orange, one of the most dangerous groups. Most of the Orange children are long gone, and there are people who want to use her abilities. It is one of those groups helps her escape. But, does she want to help them?
Soon, she is on the run, looking for the only place where she may be safe. Will it be everything she has heard? Or, will it be just another place where someone wants to take advantage of her abilities?
This was a great book. I loved the different twists on the popular dystopian fiction genre. If you have enjoyed other dystopian novels, I highly recommend this one!
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!