So this is a series I would class as a YA classic and it has been about 6 years since I have read it. Since then I have read some unbelievably good books and some bad ones so I want to see if it is just as good as I remember
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.
Taken from goodreads
I was disappointed almost as soon as I started reading, as for me the whole writing style seemed to be very basic, very short sentences almost as if the author was struggling to think of anything else to add to the book.
The first 350 pages were a real struggle for me to get through. It felt like the pacing was all over the pace, for example they will spend a bit of time with the character just walking around collecting her thoughts but then 2 pages laters into some action scene and then back to the character collecting her thoughts. I wish they had spent the time allowing us to get to know Tris a bit more and then when the action scene came in gave us a bit more time to learn how she and the other characters were doing not just changing almost paragraph to paragraph.
I did enjoy Tris’s character development however and it was the main reason why I kept reading throughout the first 350 pages as I wanted to see what sort of character she would become by the end of the book. Even though the main traits that she gained was more confidence and bravery but otherwise was the same sort of character I really did enjoy her more at the end of the book more than the beginning.
Now the ending of the book or the final 120+ pages is where the book actually started to become good for me. It was when all the build up finally came to light and I found myself reading the final 120 pages in less then 2 hours compared to the almost 4 days it took me to get through the first 350.
Personally I think the author spent far too much time on the build up, which sort of made the journey to the ending boring to get through. You can tell this is the first book she has published especially when compared to some of her later work. However, as a beginning of a series it does a good job in making you want to read the next