Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 3rd May, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins Publishers
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.
I bought this book quite a while ago so the fact that I took so long to read it is just silly because this is my next five club rated book! (The first and only book that I loved and have rated five clubs is Unearthly by Cynthia Hand).
I’m not going to re-hash the plot because the summary above pretty much sums it up! Plus it’s a little complicated to get into.
I loved this plot! It was thrilling and exciting, there was lots of development and unexpected twists, it wasn’t narrow or boring. The dystopian element was awesome. I just loved it.
The whole time I wasn’t reading this book I day dreamed of getting home from work or class or the movies to read it. It was one of those books that I never wanted to stop reading or put down yet I wanted to take my time with it to make it last. These are the qualities that I personally find make up a five club rated book. This is how I feel with all and every five club book.
So yes I did love this book but there were a few small things that irked me. I do think that some of the conflict between some characters was resolved too easily or too quickly. I wanted more of a build up to the romance, or perhaps I wanted a little more of the moments where the physical attraction is noted, and also the realization of the romance is noted. After a certain twist the character that was involved suddenly feels like they’ve become a completely different person, which slightly annoyed me but I was easy to forgive that in the end.
No book is perfect, and when you find a book that is perfect, it is bound to not be perfect in the eyes of someone else. We all have different opinions. And those little things that irked me actually made me love the book all that much more because if everything had been perfect then I could have possibly gotten bored.
Tris was so interesting and so different to the typical YA main female character. She was strong, her thinking was cruel at times and she could handle herself; she was very refreshing. I love a good kick ass main character that isn’t stubborn all the time or all roses, love hearts and unicorns. Although there were times when she was a little stubborn but that’s just the right amount of stubbornness that someone should have. Otherwise it get’s frustrating when someone is so accepting all of the time.
As the reader there were things that you saw that Tris didn’t but I put that down to her up bringing and not yet grasping the situation of things. At times I did wonder why she couldn’t figure the answer to things or understand why a certain someone acted the way they did, but that was okay because if she had then I do think she would have become unnatural.
Four was just awesome. I love the good mysterious type, especially when they don’t treat the MC like crap. I felt like that even though he acted tough and was strong he was kinder than Tris was, his whole nature was kinder, I felt like he was more of a good guy than Tris was if that makes sense. I liked that a lot. It was definitely a twist to the usual characterization that you see.
The world that Roth has made up is just so exciting and interesting that I was completely drawn in and believed every word that was said. To me the logic made sense and I didn’t find myself trying to find loopholes or doubt anything that was said. The factions were pretty interesting, I wanted to know more about each one, about how they lived, why they lived that way, how they were so easily convinced that that was how they had to live and what to believe.
I was fascinated with the world that Roth has created and I can’t wait to delve into it again.
This book is hyped up so much that I was worried I would be disappointed because my expectations were pretty high up there. And when I have high expectations 90% of the time I am disappointed. But wow, I was absolutely not disappointed at all! This book was very entertaining, it was well thought out, it was exciting, it was gripping and it is a book that I think everyone that enjoys dystopian should have! I really do think this one is up there with The Hunger Games.
Overall I loved everything about this book. It had me guessing the whole way through and then I was still surprised to find out the twists. This book was gripping and very exciting to read, I had fun reading it and found I could not get it out of my mind when I wasn’t reading it.
I loved it so much that I can’t stop saying I loved it and I’m pretty sure most of this review is me saying that I loved it… I definitely recommend it.