Admittedly I am late to this series, but hey better late than never. I actually bought all the books in the series for one of my children. I have just never found the time to read them.
I can definitely see the influence this book has had on other authors and vice versa. Also the obvious parallels to the Hunger Games (HG was released first). It’s an eclectic mix of dystopian and sci-fi.
The inevitable romance element kind of messed up the intricate dystopian idea a wee bit, but then it’s become an ‘expected’ part of YA books.
Society is split into factions, each being known for certain personality aspects. Being selfless, not telling lies or being recklessly brave. Then at a certain age they have to choose their life faction, after being accessed which one they are most suited for.
There is also another option, however it is also the option that pegs people as possible rebels.Those with no clear affiliation can think beyond boundaries and rules.They question the norm. It makes them a danger to leadership.
Aside from the huge secret Tris carries around with her she also has to deal with the violent and competitive ways of her new faction. Not good enough and you end up a nobody, too good and the others want to get rid of you. It isn’t exactly a welcoming environment. Friends become enemies and trust is a thing of the past.
An interesting start to the series, although I hope the emphasis is on the dystopian element rather than her love life.