Published: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, c2011 Series:Roth, Veronica. Divergent series, Edition: Various editions Description: 487 p. ; 22 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9780062024022 (trade bdg.), 0062024027 (trade bdg.), 9780062024039, 9780062289858 (pbk.), Language: English
Also published: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2012. 487 p.
Also published: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2012. 487, 72 p.
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all
A society is divided into 5 factions representing certain qualities - Dauntless the courageous, Candor the honest, Amity the peaceful, Erudite the intelligent, and Abnegation the selfless. Everyone lives their childhood according to those qualities of the faction they are born into. At 16 comes the life choice - to stay or change factions. (It sort of reminded me of Harry Potter and the sorting hat...)
The main character moves from her Abnegation faction to Dauntless - quite the shift! During her "testing" period is confronted with a lot of questions about herself, and ultimately the society as a whole. Can you really live your life totally selfless? Follow knowledge to the cost of everything else?
This is fast paced book and hard to put down.
BTW - This dystopian society is located in Chicago - imagine Lake Michigan as a marsh.