New sci-fi novel containing initiation, betrayal, life changing decisions poses a threat to other popular book series

There has been a lot of talk about “Divergent,” a dystopian novel set in futuristic Chicago, the first in Veronica Roth’s trilogy.
The protagonist, Beatrice Prior, lives in a society divided into five factions each dedicated to a particular virtue – Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (peace), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), and Erudite (intelligence). She has just reached the age at which she must decide whether to stay with her faction or choose a new one. Will she stay loyal to her family or forge her own path?
The majority of reviews have been positive. Readers enjoy the unique idea of the direction the world will take. The combination of romance and adventure attracts both males and females and covers a vast range of ages.
There are also negative views directed mainly at the author’s writing style. Some say the character development is unrealistic and the entire story lacks description. I must agree that at points in the novel the characters are drastically changed to fit the plot that Roth desired. It is also true that the author uses very simple descriptions. She gives just enough information for readers to form an image in their heads then continues with the action and tidbits that develop the plot of the novel and keep readers interested.
For a page turning plot that presents a new view on the future, “Divergent” would be an excellent choice. Also look for the sequels, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant”.