One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties…forever.
When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice, she cannot foresee how drastically her life will change. Or that the perfect society in which she lives is about to unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romance.
One choice can transform you.
Simply put I LOVED it. I will admit this book started off a little slow for me, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. Beatrice has grown up in the Abnegation faction. A people who value selflessness above anything else. So while she’s led a pretty peaceful and safe life, she can’t help but be bored and drawn to the excitement of the other factions. Finding that she cannot be classified as any faction, she settles on dauntless but has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. Through the initiation process, Tris discovers her weaknesses and strengths, makes new friends, and falls for a dauntless leader known only as Four.
As a female lead I really loved Tris. Being that this is a dystopian novel I anticipated an unfeeling and cold female lead and was prepared for that. But I was pleasantly surprised with Tris. Not that she was the most forthcoming or emotional girl in the world, but the girl had some real feelings and some warmth and affection towards those she cares about. I loved that she has to grow to be more open about her feelings towards her friends and family, but that she does indeed grow. I also love her vulnerability, and the fact that she cannot be defined by any one faction.
But the best thing this novel gave me was Four. Le deep sigh. I swooned whenever he was around and fell in love with him right along with Tris. I love his quiet strength and intelligence. His protectiveness towards Tris is cute and charming, but what I love most about him was that he was willing to share his fears with her. His vulnerability and openness with her made him even more lovable and endearing. He is definitely my kind of guy because even though he can reveal his weaknesses to her, he is ruthless when he has to be. That is quite sexy to me.
Secondary characters in this book are also great. Whether I liked the character or not I felt they were all well developed and fleshed out. There was no question about who they were or their intentions. My favorite had to be Tris’ mom. From the first time we meet her I just felt there was more to her than what was presented at first. And she turned out to be bad-ass! I just wish she had been able to provide Tris with more answers.
The story itself was wonderfully written and progressed naturally. It wasn’t perfect, but it certainly kept my attention. I was caught up from start to finish and loved watching Tris discover herself as well as her growing feelings for Four. Overall this was an excellent story with mysterious elements that I cannot wait to explore in the next installment. If you’re into dystopian novels, then you should definitely pick this one up.
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