Beatrice Prior lives in a dysotopian world that is divided into five factions: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, and Amity. Every child when they turn sixteen, take an aptitude test to see which of the five factions they are best suited for. In most cases, there is only one or two factions that a child is suited to pick from, but Beatrice Prior has several that she qualifies for and after enduring and, in a way, defeating the aptitude test, she is told she is divergent and not to tell anyone, or her life will be in danger.
This sets the tone of the rest of the novel. It keeps you guessing, and turning pages quickly to find out what happens next. The world that Veronica Roth creates is vivid in its imagery and there were times your hands could get clammy from nervousness. It is an intense, thrill-filled adventure that captivates you from the first page, to the very last, and keeps you wanting more.
Books similar in tone are The Hunger Games and Battle Royale. If you enjoyed those, you most certainly don't want to pass up this gem. Baltimore! You can buy your copy here.
This book is coming to the big screen! You can look for it in theaters February of 2014.