I absolutely love this book. I was hesitant at first because I am not one to read a book just because it is a movie. My friends convinced me and I have no regrets.
The population of Chicago has been divided into factions based on five standard values: bravery, intelligence, honesty, kindness and selflessness. Once you have chosen which of these virtues is most awesome of all you are placed into a community of like-minded individuals who will then become your only friends, peers, colleagues and the pool from which you will select your husband/wife.
I love the different factions you can choose to join. The other thing I like is that they get to PICK. That is so refreshing. Many of the dystopian books the heroine can’t (or it is hard to) get out of the circle that they are in (The Selection, The Hunger Games, etc.).
You are immediately pulled in because Tris is told she is Divergent (which means she is more than just a faction) and she cannot tell anyone what she is unless she will be killed. Then she picks the most dangerous of the groups, going against what her parents’ group. Talk about your awkward situation.
Then there’s the love interest, the mean people, the best friends, and the strange people. There is betrayal, there is trickery, there is love and there is mystery (all the things that a book should have!).
You find yourself wondering what happens next, if Tris is ever going to find out why she is apparently dangerous to the community and if there are others like her.
THERE IS A LOVE LINE. That’s right folks: a love line, not a love triangle. Can I have a hallelujah? There is finally a book that tells you that you don’t need two men chasing after you. You don’t need to have a best friend who is in love with you and a mysterious dude who is in love with you. You don’t need to love two guys at once. It is completely possible to love one person and have them love you and only you back. HOOORRAY!
Don’t trust the movie on this one. It is an okay movie, but you don’t get the full effect and the feelings Tris feels. The book (as usual) is so much better than the movie and I am telling you to read it. You won’t regret it.