Originally written in 2014 and published on my old wordpress*
I've decided to post this old review of mine here as I hope to start writing more book reviews in the future as time permits.
Beatrice Prior must make the biggest decision of her life – which faction? She has been brought up in Abnegation a faction devoted to selflessness; however, she doesn’t quite feel at home there. Upon discovering her divergent nature (a gene alteration that means she has an aptitude for three factions) her whole world changes. She is forced to hide her biggest secret from a foe who would wish to destroy her.
I would strongly suggest that people read this series, they are exquisite! I know it sounds cliché but these are books that I was unable to put down. Set in a post apocalyptic Chicago Veronica Roth makes tricking the audience seem easy, her ability to rapidly change the plot is brilliant. Also for the romantics out there, imbedded into the story there is a romance between Tris and another character. It’s a rather dysfunctional relationship at best but watching their strange liaison unfold was very entertaining.
Veronica Roth is an extremely skilled author. It amazed me how, upon reaching the third book, she made the first two novels appear redundant. I thought this was amazing as it symbolises how the lives of the characters seemed redundant when they found out that they were a mere experiment. Roth’s presentation of the factions shows a broken society, but interestingly, the outside world was equally broken. Both worlds possessed prejudices for certain groups and both had a corrupt political system. I think this is a great point to be made about society as a whole, no matter what political system you employ there will always be corruptions, as is human nature.
I would like to give Roth high praise for her presentation of the characters Tobias and Tris. Personally I think people give up on love far too easily in these modern times and with divorces at an all time high it is important that people realise that a few arguments do not mean the end of a marriage. Fighting is in our nature and overcoming our differences can only make our relationships stronger. This idea is presented amazingly well in the characters of Tris and Tobias as they squabble constantly but still love each other dearly. I also think that Roth’s ability to make us as an audience feel for her characters is commendable. I genuinely felt sad when Tris died at the end, and, even more so when Tobias’ pain for her loss is described.
Overall I think that this novel is a work of genius and that it is defiantly worth critical acclaim. I urge you to give this series a read in the hopes that you will find as much enjoyment from it as I did. Finally I wish the author success in her future endeavours and I will be sure to look out for any new projects she starts.
Cullen Spurr is a writer and author of the ODINSALL Saga but he’s also been a police officer, a guitarist in a metal band, a corporate content creator and, of course, the owner of a big, dopey mastiff / staffy dog. Cullen loves to create story driven fantasy novels, steeped in mythology and plot twists. He lives with his fiancé in Leeds, UK and has a BA Hons in English and Journalism and was the winner of the English and Journalism programme prize for academic achievement.