In Beatrice Prior”s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is; she can”t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
Stunning her meek and selfless family, Beatrice elects to join the brave and reckless Dauntless faction, if she can pass the grueling and violent initiation designed to pit her against her deepest fears and classmates willing to let cruelty take the place of courage. With an infuriating but handsome trainer preparing her for the trials, Beatrice must also decide whether to unleash the secret she is keeping, a secret that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society and possibly destroy Beatrice as well.
Beatrice's struggles with loyalty and individuality make her an appealing and easily relatable character in a story packed with suspense and excitement.