In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I grabbed this book out of curiosity when I heard all the fuss about how great the movie is. And my verdict?
Well, it’s absolutely a great book. I love how Veronica Roth gave such a sensible plot to this one. I admire the different factions and because I am a huge fan of dystopian literature, I guess this one’s really hard to forget and is really worth reading. Apart from the entertaining and action-packed scenes this book offers, it also teaches a great deal about life. It makes you realize that important choices and decisions really matter– and they could even change your life forever. That’s why you need to think it over and when you’ve fully decided about something, do not regret about your choice in the future and prove that it’s worth it. 🙂
The characters are also well-described here. I love Tris’ fighting spirit and her will to defend herself and never give up. She’s not a weakling here, and she doesn’t even depend on anyone else that’s why it makes her a very admirable character.
Four or Tobias, on the other hand, is such a nice guy. He’s strong but when it comes to Tris, you could feel how vulnerable he is. Tris and Four really make a perfect match here. I love their partnership and their determination to survive everything that comes their way.
This book is also witty and creative. Although it lacks wow factors on some parts, I still think it’s a praise-worthy book. I’m looking forward to read its next book Insurgent. 🙂
“I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”
For me, this is the sweetest line from Four. 🙂
My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars (If I would be asked what faction I will choose, personally I will be joining the Amity team. I dunno, I just don’t want to fight or ague with anyone. I know, I know, it’s boring. Lol)
Favorite Quotes from this Book
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”
“I am selfish. I am brave.”