Published: 03, May, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
I have had this book on my shelves for a while, and I honestly do not know why I have not read it until now, because it is simply amazing. I loved every single page, from beginning to end. The story is so gripping and suspenseful, the world building is really well done and the characters, they are such a big part of what makes this story so special and wonderful.
I loved Tris and her courage and her sarcastic demeanor was really enjoyable. There were several times where I actually laughed out loud because she was just so awesome and funny, and that is saying something, because it takes quite a lot for me to actually laugh out loud because of a book. Tris made this book great, she is an amazing heroin, she is strong, but she is also soft and sweet at times. Four was also a great character, he is just so...he's just amazing that is what he is, I have no other words, because, well, I just don't - read the book and see for yourself, how great Four is.
This novel has such an original take on a dystopian society I think, I loved the idea of the factions. It intrigued me to see how the different factions acted, and what values that were important to people, it was just very interesting. Veronica Roth did a great job in creating this world, and I think this dystopian is just as good as The Hunger Games is, and that is saying something, because I adored that series. Who knows by the end of this series I might even like it better than The Hunger Games.
As for now, I cannot wait to read Insurgent and to continue the story of Tris and Four, and see where it takes me. This is an amazing dystopian and if you have not read it, I recommend you drop everything and go read it now, I mean it! I finished this book in less than two days, which is saying something because I'm kind of a slow reader, it was just that good.
Favorite quote: "I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."