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.
I’ve read this book twice. First time was of a library copy second time was of an ARC. The first time was for me all tense like a block buster, on the lines of this:
But the second time around this book seemed to lose its lustre and this was not really because I knew what was going to happen (I’d previously read the whole series but forgot most of it in years gone by) but more that my tastes had changed. That doesn’t mean the book is bad or the author has done anything wrong it’s just I seem to have moved on so to say yet something was intriguing me to find out again why this series is so hyped thus the reason I requested the ARCs.
What I loved the first time around
- The full throttle block buster-type action, I mean I always love books with action.
- The suspense and mystery of the whole plot, the way things were revealed as time went along.
- The intriguing world where there were hardly any hints at what life was like before the factions.
- The badass characters, in the past I used to be a huge fan of overly strong female characters, but now I feel they must have depth and personality to them also to make them feel real and Tris has all of the above.
What I didn’t love so much the second time around
- The way the other characters (other than Tris and Four) were made to look so hard they had no depth. I don’t know why I found this as the case this time but this time I felt an overkill when it came to badassery.
- The structure of the factions. This time I felt there were holes in the descriptions of the world and factions so I felt more in the dark than in the light when thinking about the factions and the world.
- The plausibility of the whole situation. I don’t know why but this time around the whole situation of the characters felt more absurd and I cannot explain why.
So I don’t know what else to think only that this definitely is a good, suspenseful and engaging book only I seemed to have outgrown my shell when it came to dystopians (don’t take this the wrong way please, I’m not saying this is a babyish book, no, far from it just that maybe I need to find something new). Because I have the ARCs I will re-read the rest of the trilogy too though if I remember right, this was supposed to be the best book of the series… Oh well, maybe my opinions of the others will be different too?
Who I’d recommend this for:
Dystopian fans of all ages. Definitely. I certainly think everyone should give this a go before seeing the films because these books are really suspenseful and they’re surprisingly easy to read too. I probably only gave it a lower rating this time around because perhaps I knew deep inside what was going to come. But if you’re new definitely give this a go.