Dystopian Young Adult fiction – this book couldn’t be more up my street. It was recommended to me on Twitter by, er, someone (sorry, I’m forgetful!). It’s the first book in a trilogy (trilogies are totes popular these days. Seven books in a series? Hells no, everything is better in threes, bitches!). Anyway. The second book, Insurgent, is out already with the third book (Allegiant scheduled for release in October-ish of this year).
Beatrice Prior lives in future-Chicago, a city that’s been split up into different factions, each of which is dedicated to a different value. While you’re born into a faction (obvs) at sixteen you undergo an aptitude test that determines which faction you’re best suited. BUT, at the Choosing Day ceremony, it is still up to you to decide which faction you want to belong to.
The factions and values are: Abnegation (selflessness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (courage), Erudite (intelligence) and Amity (peace).
Our hero, Beatrice, is born into Abnegation, the daughter of one of the leaders of the city. Her brother, Caleb, is only a little older than her, so both face the Choosing Day in the same year. While Caleb has always seemed naturally selfless, the perfect fit for their faction, Beatrice has never felt part of it. During the test and the Ceremony, she is forced to choose between her family and who she really is. Ensue drama, frenemies and (of course) a totes hot stuff love interest.
The faction element reminded me of Hunger Games for some reason, but with less murder. The book takes a while to get going, I expected to move faster (and in a different direction) than it did. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of this series, yet. The twists were a bit too obvious and the characters a bit one dimensional. It felt like it should be more, than it was. I enjoyed it, but wasn’t gripped by it.
I’ll give it another chance with Insurgent. Maybe it will grow on me.
More on my reading list here.
P.S. Some of my reviews will be on Women24.com soon – yay! Will start linking when they’re there.