Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Review: Sometime in the future, Chicago is a closed off city where the citizens know nothing about what goes on outside their city. Society is divided into factions based on morals: Abnegation (selflessness), Candor (truth), Dauntless (bravery), Erudite (knowledge) and Amity (peacefulness). Every 16 year old takes an aptitude test that gauges what faction they are best suited for and then officially chooses their faction during a ceremony. Tris shocks her Abnegation family when she chooses Dauntless. While Tris goes through Dauntless training, she is physically and mentally challenged. She also discovers that she must keep her true aptitude test results-divergent (suited for multiple factions) secret.
Good world building and an intriguing heroine. I loved the trials and tribulations of Dauntless training and the dynamic between the initiates. Of course, there was a chaste romance that slowly developed between Tris and her training instructor, Four. While these romances often bother me, I really loved Four as a character. He was someone I looked forward to learning more about in the rest of the series.
Fast paced, action packed book with an interesting world-fun!