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Summary:

“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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.”

Review:

This book was another book that I reread this year. As always, it was absolutely fantastic.

This book was really the one that got my interested in my favorite genre of literature. Dystopian. I always think that the dystopian societies are so cool to read about and when I originally saw the movie trailer for the movie adaptation of this book, there was something about it that really got my attention. After seeing the movie, which I loved, I knew I had to read the book. And when I did, I enjoyed it just as much as I had enjoyed the movie.

I think the coolest part of this book, and it is usually the case with most of the dystopian books that I’ve read, I really enjoyed the world building in this book. The faction system was a very interesting element that really brought the story to life. Getting to follow all sorts of different characters in this book and seeing what faction they are/were in. I was something that, up until the first time I read the book, I had never seen before.

Tris was definitely a character that I could relate to in so many different ways. Her personality is very similar to mine in a lot of ways. If I was to be put in her situation and living in the society that she is living in, I think I would have made the same decision and switched factions, even if I wasn’t a Divergent. Getting to see this story told from her perspective and living it through her eyes was something that I absolutely loved about this book.

The romance between Tris and Four is probably my all time, if not one of my all time, favorite couple pairings. I definitely think that they are made for each other. They balance each other out and that’s what I think makes a really strong couple in a series. I liked how the romance was slowly built over the course of the book. Even though there were hints at a possible romance throughout the first half of the book, it really didn’t play any major part in the story until the very end. It will be interesting to see where it goes in the next two books.

The plot of this book was the best part of the entire story. Like I said before, I really loved how the faction system was involved within this book. Getting to see the different factions interact with each other and to see how the society worked. I also enjoyed getting to see the training that the Dauntless went through in order to become members. Seeing the Erudite put the Dauntless soldiers under mind control and go around trying to destroy the Abnegation faction was heartbreaking and something I hadn’t expected. And then we had all of the death. I know this is typically of the dystopian genre, but still, all of these deaths took me by surprise. From Al to Tris’ parents. Every single one of them impacted me in some way.

Overall, I really enjoyed rereading this book. Like I said, this is the book that really got me into the dystopian genre. I really has changed my reading life forever. I have yet to finish the other two books in the trilogy so hopefully I can finish both of those before part two of the Allegiant movie comes out in March. Onto Insurgent!

RATING: 5/5

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