first part of a Trilogy, 487 pages
Description"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."
The description of the book is quiet detailed and any further description will just spam you. Also, I am sure a lot of people have already heard about the book and to be honest I have read this book in summer, so I can not remember every detail clearly.
To start with, Veronica Roth did a great job in creating an exciting story line that is filled up with many action scenes without any boring breaks. Right from the beginning, she catches the reader with exciting happenings, so that I was trapped in the story and literally couldn't stop reading during the whole book. Even though the protagonist comes from a certain fraction, she doesn't lack in describing all the other fractions and explaining to the reader this complex world. She also created with Tris a realistic character with an understandable, multifaceted and detailed emotional inside. Thus, Roth did not only created an appealing figure for everyone but also leads that the reader can imagine the world and every fraction in detail.
However, it ought to be mentioned that oftentimes it is Tris' fault for her misbehaviour and she oftentimes provokes certain situations so that I was a bit annoyed of her thoughtless behaviour. Additionally, it is noticeable that there will be a second book in the series because the plot is full of action, but isn't really progressive. Tris notices the problems, but doesn't determine a solution or doesn't show any evidence of solving the problem, hence, at the end of the book the plot stays too superficial to me.
In conclusion, I would say that Veronica Roth did a great job with this book and I have to admit that it is worth its hype. I also read the Hunger Games before and even though they almost have the same topic, Roth differences herself from Hunger Games. Nevertheless, if you have liked the HG, then you will definitely like this book, too even though I liked HG a tiny bit more. Unfortunately, I have decided NOT to buy the second book because I personally found the plot a bit too foreseeable. However, a great plot with action scenes, a language full of images and realistic characters made this book an enjoyment to read!
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