Summary: 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. (Goodreads)
Beatrice or Tris is from the Selfless faction (Abnegation) but she's not at all like that. Her brother is always selfless. Thinking ahead and being selfless whenever he can. She has been scolded all her life for "acting out". She doesn't really. All she does is talk and ask questions when she's not supposed to. At least that's all the book shows you. She has to wear gray garbs to hide her beauty? It's supposed to be to stop them from looking at themselves being selfish and vain.
She has to take a sort of "test" to see what faction she will be in. It is her choice anyways but still it shows you where you should be at. She could be Candor (honest) who dress in black and white because how they see the world. What you have to know about all these factions it's that virtue but heightened. The Candor are extremely honest. Mean honest. Abnegation (selfless) who help out the factionless who are those who fail initiation or are cast out. They also run the government which the Erudite are too happy about. Since they have the intelligent thirst for knowledge and want to improve whereas the Selfless are completely opposite. They really don't like each other and throughout the book the leader is bashing them trying to get everyone to go against them. The Amity are the peaceful and they are always happy. That's not how life is. They are so...fake. They are not in reality. Last but not least are the Dauntless. They are the courageous people who protect the border. From what you ask? (;
Of course she picks Dauntless because it just wouldn't be that interesting if she didn't. She could have picked two others though and that is a problem. She's divergent. She's dangerous. And picking Dauntless is even more of a problem is she would have picked Erudite because it is even more of a complete opposite than Erudite. Actually it kind of is. Not Erudite. The way she picks though was so symbolic. You have to cut yourself and pour blood on the symbol of the faction you want. She does a very interesting thing.
The whole book is basically initiation for her. She has to go through physical, mental, and emotional tests before being an official Dauntless. And there are less spots then they are people. She makes some friends. It's weird though because if she's not vulnerable they kind of hate her. Why do they hate her when she's strong? Maybe because she's a threat because when she is strong she is better than them. She is divergent after all. She's not just Dauntless. She's more than that and that freaks her out. She's afraid someone will figure it out and they won't be as nice as the instructor was. She let her go and didn't say anything. She was inconclusive.
Four is one of her.....instructors? He is there with Eric who is basically the angry and evil person form of Dauntless while Four is the....um...more of a hero type. I mean he's courageous but not cruel. There are a lot of Eric's. Well a small group of them anyways. Peter is the leader of that little group. He'll do anything to get ahead but not just ahead because he wants to be at the top. That ends being a problem for Tris.
This book was so amazing! I had a bad feeling like it was going to like other dysopian books but it was it's own unique self. I really liked Tris and her story was super interesting. Has some action to it. There's more to this book that I didn't mention but I don't want to ruin anything. It's a very intricate book. Fantastico!!!!!!!! If you like dystopians you'll love this book!!!