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Young Adult Fiction 6674
Best dystopian since 'The Hunger Games'
(Updated: July 29, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
First, let's start with the characters. I cared for each and everyone of Ms. Roth's characters. That is not to say that I wanted good things for them, but I cared. I cared about what happened to them, I cared about what they said, where they went and how they acted. That is unusual in a book, at least for me. All of the characters hold a place in my heart, even the 'evil' ones. I just want to hit a few of the main characters because they deserve the extra attention.

Beatrice/Tris; What a strong role model for girls everywhere. She loves her family, but has to be true to herself as well. She makes a tough decision and then when things get tough, she sticks behind her decision. She doesn't give up. I honestly felt like I could feel what she was feeling.

Four; He had me captivated from the first page he was on. He is myserious (I mean, come on, his name is Four), tough, but there is also a soft part of him that comes out and I wanted more. I really enjoyed reading about his weaknesses and how vunerable he is.

Eric; With every story there has to be some sort of antagonist. Someone we love to hate. Eric is that person. He is ruthless, evil, mean to the core, has no sympathy and you never know what he is going to do. Even though I despised Eric, his character was so well written and I could not wait to find out what he was going to do next.

Second, the story. I was hooked from page 1. I was horrified at what Beatrice had to go through in order to become a true member of her faction. I cannot imagine having to make that sort of choice when only sixteen. Ms. Roth writes so well, I could really "see" this futuristic Chicago. With great action, heart breaking scenes, loving moments and edge of your seat writing, this is one of my favorite stories of the year by far.

I just really enjoyed the story overall. I could not put this book down. I was captivated on page 1. I really liked how the 5 factions were based on a Biblical virtue. And honestly, those virtues are all important in our everyday lives. I was on the edge of my seat when Beatrice made her faction decision, and I was on the edge of my seat at the end of the book. I am now salivating for book two, which will not come out for awhile. I will refuse to wait patiently. If you enjoy dystopians, you NEED to read this book. I highly recommend it. I think I will read it again...and again...and again. 5/5 stars
Good Points
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Beatrice is a giving, strong character, she is a great role model.
The characters have lots of depth and I cared for all of them.
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