by Veronica Roth

In Katie’s best books of 2011 she mentioned this one, and I’m so glad she did.

Truth? I picked this book up a couple of weeks ago and read the first couple of chapters and then wandered away from it for a while.

Truth? That was a huge mistake. Once I sat down and started reading this in earnest, I couldn’t put it away.

Beatrice lives in a futuristic Chicago where at 16 citizens choose  which faction to join. The society is split into Abegnation, which requires its members to be selfless, Candor, which requires truth, Erudite, which requires smarts, Amity, which requires peace, and Dauntless, which requires courage.

Beatrice finds herself torn between her choice of faction and that in turn sends her on a journey to discover herself and secrets behind the society that she never imagined.

The book is written well and I love Beatrice’s transformation. She is far more than a one dimensional figure and continually questions her choices and the choices of people around her. Roth builds characters with flaws and makes them engaging. The climax of the story should be read where no one will bother you- so many things happen and it felt like a punch in the gut. It’s a beautiful dystopian book, a great example of what this kind of literature should be.

Plus, as I was doing my research, I discovered that Roth has just signed a movie deal- check out the news on her site here!



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