In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
First Line: "There is one mirror in my house." It begins with Tris's life before everything changes. Establish the status quo (think Luke in Star Wars) then upset it (beginning a journey). And it's a great background for her as a character, her personality, her upbringing is a huge part of who she is mixed with who she is naturally.
Brownie Points: Tris's fear. Now, fear is a big part of the novel, because of the life Tris chooses to lead (really not giving away much), but whereas other characters must learn to overcome their fears, Tris rationalizes it away. I found myself connecting with her a lot during these moments. It's funny because her rationality doesn't necessarily make her a strong character, it's her sheer force of will that does that.
Recommendation: If you're a big fan of dystopias and think the market has been beaten to death, think again.
Would I represent it: Oh heck yes!