Well, I was so interested in the movie that I decided to read the book. I was looking for an easy read that I could just tear through, and it seemed like a good choice.
The story takes place in post war Chicago (future, post apocalyptic Chicago). To "cure" what had caused the war, the people have split into 5 factions: Erudite (intelligence), Abnegation (selflessness), Candor (Honesty), Dauntless (Bravery/strength), and Amity (kindness). The story is told from the first person perspective of a girl who was raised in Abnegation. At the age of 16, people take an aptitude test to find out what faction they are most suited for. After the test, they have the option to choose any faction. After you choose, you have to go through an initiation phase for your chosen faction. So, Beatrice, the Abnegation girl telling the story, joins a different faction, Dauntless. So, she as to go through initiation and all that jazz. The problem is with Beatrice (now Tris) is that during her aptitude test her results were inconclusive. This means that she is Divergent. She doesn't know why, but it is really dangerous to be Divergent. I won't go into much more detail for fear of spoilers, and there are two other books in the series.
I was right, this book was a nice, easy read that kept my interest. I will say that the things I really liked about the movie are not in the book. I was a little disappointed in that, but I think I will continue reading the series. Three books shouldn't be that difficult. So, if you are looking for a fun and easy read, this would be a fun one. I personally really like the idea of studying a factioned society. Maybe that makes me an Erudite, but I rather think I would be in Candor. I don't think I would like Candor all that much. I guess I would be Divergent. Who knows? I definitely wouldn't be Dauntless. Anyway, I liked the idea in The Hunger Games, but they didn't spend much time talking about the split society. So, that's that. I'll be reading the rest of the series.