Wow. I was blown away by this series. Making me feel the the absolute need to do a review. Never have I done a book review in my years of blogging. That should say something.
Pleasure reading has always been one of my goals since graduating. But I never could get into it. Each year I would say I will read a book a month, or read X book, or read X number of books. Never has that happened. Who knew I would be welcoming in 2014 with three books already knocked off in less than 2 weeks? I can’t give myself all the credit though. Major props to Veronica Roth and her fantastic Divergent series.
I have no intention of giving anything away. I actually don’t even want to go into too much details about the actual premise or big events within it. Because it wasn’t necessarily the story that got me sucked in, but rather the characters. I will give a basic overview of the plot though – just in case you need to catch on. This is a futuristic society you are welcomed into. It is separated by factions based on personality characteristics that each person is born with. Factions that are chosen on Choosing Day. The factions Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite uphold a particular virtue of humanity. The main character Beatrice or Tris is who you follow throughout. As she is placed into a faction, how she goes through initation and how she handles the collapsing of their factioned world.
Way to be vague right? I would rather leave the exploring of these books up to you. But back to why I couldn’t put them down. I found myself sucked into these characters, especially Tris and Four. The books were very much a dialogue where emotion was written but in such a way you felt it. Or at least you could relate to it in some way. Tris holds a lot of uncertainty. Both of herself and others. She has a strong sense of selflessness that almost comes across as whiney, selfish and stubborn. Four with the appearance and demeanor of agression, ends up with some of the softness qualities in his processing. It is like his obsessive nature is cracked. I also find the bond between these two to be… well.. jealousy provoking. Oh come on, I won’t go all sappy on you but who wouldn’t want this connection that they have. A connection that is continually described as a spark of light and a comfort through it all. Either way, I could relate to each character on more of a metaphorical basis. That is why I kept reading and kept wanting to read more.
I could preach all day. I could also spill my soul about the ending, but I will leave those details to you. Sure the ending is a bit controversial but I am happy it ended that way. Life isn’t perfect. Perfectly tied bows at the end of things don’t always happen. I think the ending is what made me respect this series even more.
I am fully aware it could be just be the kind of book I needed to read right now, like really needed to read. Just letting my thoughts and worries get lost in the pages. To get lost in other people’s lives almost like you are processing your own. But still. I am telling you, read this series.
Question: Have you read this series? If not, WHY OH WHY?