Author: Veronica Roth
Published Date: April 25, 2011
Rating: Ard (See Rating System/Scale)
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.
This aspect of the book was by far the best. Veronica Roth provided enough scenery and details to let my imagination go wild. The details were seemingly very accurate, also. If you’ve seen the movie and read the book, it goes hand in hand as far as I know. The corrupted system of the degraded world immersed me, but I did want to know more of it’s history. They had to be in this ridiculous situation somehow, so hopefully Insurgent gives us the reasons why.
This is where it gets kind of iffy. Beatrice was the stereotypical small girl that had to learn a few lessons that pretty much had to deal with control, while the people around her were jealous of the things she did. It was quite annoying to be able to predict everything she could do – there weren’t any times I couldn’t figure out what she was going to do at any given point. Four was interesting, but then again he wasn’t. He was no exception to predictability, however Ms. Veronica did illuminate him around mysteriousness throughout the book. Peter…I could care less about the cliche of an enemy he was. By far, he was the only person I gave notice to for the things he did. For example, what Peter did to Edward caught me by surprise.
Too predictable. I felt like I’ve read or seen everything that happened before, so I knew what would happen. Aside from that, I still had the urge to read it more and more. Enjoyment level would be around a four – would have been a 5/5 if not for anticipating everything. I read the last 150 or so pages in a breeze due to being so into the story! In my mind, the movie played with the words as captions.
It was ard. I digged it enough to finish it earlier than I scheduled to, so I think that may say enough. I look forward to reading Insurgent, and I hope the characters are more unpredictable as well as the plot. I do recommend!