Set in a dystopian society, Tris is being pulled at all directions. Should she do what is expected? Or should she try to reveal the dark secrets of the society she lives in? These are just a few questions to get your attention and interests to read the book.
The Abnegation are the law of the land because they are about self-sacrifice and therefore should have no bias. But is that always the case? The Erudite, the intelligence faction, doesn't seem to think so. The Erudite say the Abnegation have their own dark secrets and are no longer what's best to be running the land. Could the Erudite be doing this out of the best interests for all the factions or have their means to an end?
Tris, the main character, is a part of the Abnegation faction and must face the decision of either staying with her family or choosing another faction to remain with. To do this she goes a series of test, expecting to get that she belongs with Abnegation, Tris is shocked to learn that she doesn't fall into her society's idea of a perfect citizen. Meaning she belongs to more than one faction, otherwise known as Divergent. Being Divergent is illegal, what is Tris to do? Should she stay with her family or try something new?
The character development of Tris was well done and didn't seem forced. In the beginning she was a timid and cautious girl. But throughout the book you see her become more self reliant and grow into someone that is willing to take risk. However, that doesn't come without its hardships. From the alienation from her family and even some of her cohorts, she almost dies and gets beaten daily. Throughout all of this and more, Tris becomes a symbol of hope and defiance of a corrupt government and what one person is willing to do to fight for what is right.