Beatrice is now at the age when it will be determined what faction, or organized group, she will join. After taking a special test, the results point you in the direction you should choose based on your personality, skills, tendencies, etc. For a rare group of people, the test results are inconclusive - they don't fit perfectly in to any one group. They are called divergent. We follow the choice of one such person, Beatrice, or Trice as she will be know going forward. Following her inconclusive test results, she chooses Dauntless, a group of well-trained warriors. Toward the end of the initiation period, she discovers that something is going on - something that will change the course of their civilization as they know it. And she is the target. Why? What is so special about her? By the end of this book, she only begins to realize the path that is laid before her & that the lives of all around her depend on her.
Many people told me I should read this series since I loved the Hunger Games series so much. They were right to recommend this. The 2 series are very similar in many ways. I've only finished book 1 of 3 of the Divergent series, but if you were to ask me now which series I prefer, I can honestly say I don't know yet. There are different things that I like about each of the series. And even though the core of these dystopian series are very, very similar, there is still just enough differences that I need to wait until I'm further into the Divergent series to make a decision.
Age recommendation: 14 & up (death, brutality, intense scenes)
On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 10!