Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances. (Description from GoodReads)
This wasn’t any different from recent dystopian romances like Wither, Matched, Delirium, Across the Universe… shall I go on? So why did I like it, you ask? Well, being from Chicago, I definitely enjoyed the setting. Ziplining off the Hancock building isn’t something I’d ever do, nor is climbing the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier or jumping out of a moving El train… but then again, I would never have chosen Dauntless. I really really liked Four, and was totally sucked into the descriptions of Tris falling for him. I liked Al, and Christina, and Tris of course. I found myself waiting for something terrible to happen to Four and Tris, that they would be separated, and was quite relieved when they were not.
In conclusion, this book isn’t anything you haven’t read before. But I think it’s worth it.