My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Upon my reread if I could give this more than 5 stars I would… It should have All the stars everywhere. And I loved it even more the second time around.
What else can I even say about this book – there is a little bit of everything – incredible world and character building… so much so that it’s so hard for me not to grab the book again and start rereading one more time.
I said it before, I love Tris – she is brave and she is strong and I absolutely love it. She might be the smallest one but she’s bound and determined to prove herself. When she’s forced to to be hard and tough she is. There is no other choice.
“Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined. I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me.
But if I saw her, I wouldn’t recognize her.”
Four – I can’t help but sigh everytime I think of him… Tobias pulls at every single heartstring I have. Everything about him, his strength, his intelligence and his devotion to his beliefs and yes.. Tris just make me all GAH. Reading his POV that was released didn’t help my crush one bit that’s for sure!
“Who is he when he isn’t Dauntless, isn’t an instructor, isn’t Four, isn’t anything in particular?
Whoever he is, I like him. It’s easier to admit that to myself now, in the dark, after all that just happened. He is not sweet or gentle or particularly kind. But he is smart and brave, and even though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong. That is all I need to know.”
The story is told from Tris’ POV and it’s total perfection – Like I said I want to make more stars just for this book – and with that I’ll leave you with another favorite passage 🙂
“You think my first instinct is to protect you. Because you’re small, or a girl, or a Stiff. But you’re wrong.”
He leans his face close to mine and wraps his fingers around my chin. His hand smells like metal. When was the last time he held a gun, or a knife? My skin tingles at the point of contact, like he’s transmitting electricity through his skin.
“My first instinct is to push you until you break, just to see how hard I have to press.” he says, his fingers squeezing at the word break. My body tenses at the edge in his voice, so I am coiled as tight as a spring, and I forget to breathe.
His dark eyes lifting to mine, he adds, “But I resist it.”
“Why…” I swallow hard. “Why is that your first instinct?”
“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. I’ve seen it. It’s fascinating.” He releases me but doesn’t pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck. “Sometimes I just want to see it again. Want to see you awake.”
–Original Review from 5/2011–
I loved everything about this book. The plot was creative and unique… a different spin on other stories out there. Written from Beatrice’s (or Tris’s) point of view I was never bored.
She lives in a section of society where they are supposed to be selfless, but she feels as though she doesn’t belong. At the age of 16 all get to decide to stay in their current division or move to another one, leaving their lives behind. Very quickly you find out her decision.
Tris tries to reinvent herself and does incredibly well- we’re introduced to Four pretty quickly and I was immediately drawn to his character. He might actually be my new literary crush!
We even get to know a lot of the other characters and see their desperation to belong in this society… and what they’ll do to get in.
But that’s not all that this story is about. There’s more to it and without giving everything away, you find out that there are many people among the different divisions who are ‘different’ and this scares the people in charge.
I was completely drawn into this story and can’t wait for the next book to come out… I’ll be waiting impatiently for it!
Everytime I pass Navy Pier I will think of Four and Tris.