If you’re looking for an engaging, dystopian read, this is it. If you were a fan of The Hunger Games, you will likely enjoy this read.
Roth has created exciting, well-developed characters in an exciting future world. People in futuristic Chicago are separated into 5 different factions based on their most predominant characteristics by an exam, from which they are given their inclinations, then allowed to choose, when they are 16. Lead character Beatrice Pryor experiences the process a bit differently than most. Following her journey to discovering herself, and some government secrets leads her on a wildly intense adventure that will have you up reading late into the night!
I finished this book in just a few sittings, the last one wrapping up at about 2am. Roth gives you enough of the story, and world, to get you through the book, but makes sure you have enough questions to want to pick up the next book – expert! The ending, while appropriate for the book certainly left me wanting more, and I find myself (once again) glad that I held off on beginning a series with great reviews until the series was complete!
Roth establishes herself as an excellent story-teller, with a knack for creating interesting characters who are perfectly flawed. This is a YA book, so be prepared for some teenage angst and PG-13 love scenes. But if you’re looking for a good, fun, and relatively quick read, despite the page count, check it out!