What I think:
I loved this book so much!
First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. And the meaning behind the symbol is just beautiful. I’d actually like a necklace with that symbol as the pendant. I also like the title. It’s catchy.
OK, so on to the story. I can’t get over how original, unique, creative and downright awesome the story was. It blew my mind! It’s just such a breath of fresh air to read a book in which the author created a world that I haven’t encountered before. A world where the people are divided into factions based on the virtues Candor, Abnegation, Amity, Erudite, Dauntless and let’s not forget…the factionless. I really loved this world-although I wouldn’t want to live in it- and how the author worked out the details, all the while making them make perfect sense.
But I get why people compare this book to the Hunger Games. It has the same feel. This world is ruthless and the heroine is a survivor just like Katniss from the Hunger Games. I think she possesses the best qualities of two of my favorite characters, the first one being Katniss and the second one Rose from the Vampire Academy. Tris is strong, stubborn, determined, intelligent, selfless and resilient. Veronica Roth has really created a winning protagonist. Tris is the definition of a true heroine.
Then there is Four. I love him! Can I take him home with me? Pretty Please? I never thought I’d say this about a dude, but there it is, he’s adorable! And I’m not even talking about his looks…yet, which by the way in my mind are absolutely stunning. Here’s just a quick peek into my mind.
So where was I? Right, his personality. He can be sweet and vulnerable one moment and then strong, confident and completely intimidating and dauntless the next. It’s so amazing to finally come across a guy again that is actually nice. One that doesn't feel the need to be a jerk at least 75% of the time.
In short I have no words to describe the awesomeness that is this book. I can say that I read this book in 2011 and the moment I’d read it, I knew it was the one, my favorite read of 2011 that is. What also sets it apart is the message it conveys. I haven’t read a book with such a clear message in a long time. It’s beautiful. It’s empowering.
I mean with quotes like this you just can’t go wrong: