It's been a while since I read this book actually - even before Allegiant was published - and I must admit that I thought this was going to be a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I'm glad though it wasn't.
I've read the trilogy completely but I'll only be reviewing the first book since I know there must be a lot of others blogs and websites that surely have a whole essay about the books. But if you want me to do a review of Insurgent or Allegiant leave a comment below and I'll see what I can do.
With no more further add, here we go!
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.
Okay, so I was already familiar with the Dystopian world and blah blah... so it wasn't something 'shockingly new'. At first it made me think a lot about The Hunger Games - THG - and I couldn't stop comparing them and trying to see what was similar and what not.
I thought the factions were like the districts, Beatrice was a 'Katniss Everdeen 2.0' and I was waiting for her to say at the 'Choosing Ceremony' "I volunteer!" like Katniss did.
I SO glad this wasn't a copy of Suzanne Collins's books! And to be honest I loved this book much more than THG! So MUCH more! Even if at first I found some similarities it was very compelling to read - I couldn't put it away - and the more I read the more I fell in love with it. It was quick, with a lot of 'dramatic situations' that made my heart rate go higher each second.
Even if this was a dystopian world I could picture myself in it perfectly in my head making it much more real to me. Sometimes I wondered what would I do in such world!
I could see the evolution of Tris's character. How she goes from a quiet and oppressed girl at the beginning and turns into this courageous, loyal and amazing woman at the end of the book.
"Just do what you're supposed to do"
" My curiosity is a mistake, a betrayal of Abnegation values"
"I wish I could speak to him like I want to instead of like I'm supposed to."
She has such a low self-esteem at the beginning that it made me think 'oh hell... another stupid heroine with low self-esteem' but watching her overcome her fears and not letting anyone step over her anymore made me so proud that I wanted to read the second book immediately so I could still enjoy this strong character she had become.
"'We can't break out of here,' I say. 'It's easier to face the fear head on, right?' I don't wait for a response. 'So what you need to do is make the space smaller. Make it worse so it gets better. Right?'
'Yes' It is a tight, tense little word.
'Okay. We'll have to crouch, then. Ready?'
'Ah' he says, his voice raspy. 'This is worse. This is definitely...'
'Shh,' I say. 'Arms around me.'
Obediently, he slips his arms around my waist. I smile at the wall. I am not enjoying this. I am not, not even a little bit,no."
It's refreshing to see her become such a strong character. Loved the way she lied to herself about not enjoying Tobias's arms around her even if the circumstances were bad.
Four is hot as fuck. Sorry for the cussing but if I wanted to have a badass boyfriend I would definitely want him to be like Four, my Tobias Eaton. He's introduced to us like a god - with no flaws - and the perfect warrior. But then when he begins to interact more on a personal level with Tris we begin to understand the layers and layers of his person.
"'But what...' Peter yawns through his words. 'What does firing a gun have to do with... bravery?'
Four flips the gun in his hand, presses the barrel to Peter's forehead, and clicks a bullet into place. Peter freezes with his lips parted, the yawn dead in his mouth.
'Wake. Up,' Four snaps. 'You are holding a loaded gun, you idiot. Act like it.'"
"'Two things you should know about me. The first is that I am deeply suspicious of people in general,' he says. 'It is my nature to expect the worst of them. And the second is that I am unexpectedly good with computers.'"
"'Fine. You're not pretty. So?' He kisses my cheek. 'I like how you look. You're deadly smart. You're brave. And even though you found out about Marcus ...' His voice softens. 'You aren't giving me that look. Like I'm a kicked puppy or something.'"
My favourite character is definitely Four - aka Tobias Eaton - because he's just so lovable.
And as for the others characters some are okay, some are bad, some are a little cliché and some are just amazing. I loved Eric as a villain because in my head he is the definition to villain - with an ancient rivalry, jealousy and pure hatred towards Four -.
"'I have the authority here, remember?' Eric says, so quietly I can barely hear him. ' Here, and everywhere else.'"
"'Now this is a happy sight,' he says. 'The legendary Four. No one's going to ask me, "What was it like to train with the guy who has only four fears?"' He draws his gun and points it at Tobias's right temple. My heart pounds so hard I feel it in my skull. He can't shoot; he wouldn't. Eric tilts his head. 'Think anyone would notice if he accidentally got shot?'"
And Tris's friends - okay, let's include the others too, like Peter and his gang band - working through the rankings made me think of them like one's classmates. You have a BFF like Christina, a sweet awkward guy like Al, the funny goofy friend like Uriah, an arch-enemy who bullies you like Perter and etc.
Some events are told but the real important stuff are all shown. Loved the actions scenes as well as the 'mind games' this book has to offer. None of them were predictable and I believe that is why I was so determined to not put away this book till I had finished. Sometimes the story took me by surprise at how the events developed.
I loved that the story was quick but not too quick - does that make sense? -. What I mean is that when something happened; the situation was given a good amount of pages and that was it. The story didn't go over and over the same thing like a broken record and actually the event was used to explain other things ahead in the book that made the whole thing much completer and easy to understand.
I enjoyed a lot this book - it's actually one of my favourites - and I loved the characters, the world and pretty much everything in it. Veronica Roth is very agreeable to read and the ending of this book only made me want to continue this amazing trilogy.
My favourite parts would be:
"I sniff, wipe my face one more time, and smooth down my hair.
'Do I look like I've been crying?' I say.
'Hmm' He leans in close, narrowing his eyes like he's inspecting my face. A smile tugs at the corner of his mouth. Even closer, so we would be breathing the same air-if I could remember how to breathe.
'No, Tris,' he says. A more serious look replaces his smile as he adds, ' You look tough as nails.'"
This part was the one that made me ship Tris and Four and make them my OTP. It felt intimate without being too 'romantic'.
"Four pushes a set if double doors open, and we walk into the place he called 'the Pit'.
'Oh,' whispers Christina. 'I get it.'
'Pit' is the best word for it"
Some innocent humour can always make my day brighter.
"In the centre of the table is a platter of food I don't recognize: circular pieces of meat wedged between round bread slides. I pinch one between my fingers, unsure what to make of it.
Four nudges me with his elbow.
'It's beef,' he says. 'Put this on it.' He passes me a small bowl full of red sauce.
'You've never had a hamburger before?' asks Christina, her eyes wide.
'No,' I say. 'It's that what it's called?'
'Stiffs eat plain food,' Four says, nodding at Christina.
'Why?' she asks.
I shrug. 'Extravagance is considered self-indulgent and unnecessary.'
She smirks. 'No wonder you left.'
'Yeah,' I say, rolling my eyes. 'It was just because of the food.'
The corner of Four's mouth twitches.
Oh gawd... That was the beginning of Tris and Four's relationship to me. When he begins to acknowledge her with more interest. And why the hell Abnegation couldn't make an exception about hamburgers?! Not allowing people to know their existence should be a sin!
"I stand facing the person who helped me. My eyes twitch up, just for a second, to see his face. Tobias, as blank-faced as the rest of them. Was I wrong? Is he not Divergent? Tears spark behind my eyes, and I blink them back as I turn away from him.
People crowd into the car around me, so we stand in four rows, shoulder-to-shoulder. And then something peculiar happens: fingers lace with mine, and a palm presses to my palm. Tobias, holding my hand."
And ladies and gentlemen obviously we can't miss the famous scene in the train. This was so dramatic and just so asdfghjkl.
This book was full of quotes that I felt they taught something; making the book not a 'plain book'. It had some serious and philosophic content such as:
"Selflessness and bravery aren't that different."
"We believe in bravery. We believe in taking action. We believe in freedom from fear and acquiring the skills to force the bad out of our world so that the good can prosper and thrive."
" (...) You are far less likely to soil your pants and cry for your mother if you're prepared to defend yourself."
Okay... Maybe this doesn't sound too philosophic but the concept is. You just have to over see the 'cry for you mother' and 'soil your pants' comment ;)
"We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."
Loved, loved and loved this book. Definitely one I recommend it to everybody - friends, teens, adults, parents, etc - because it's just awesome.
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