Mindsiege and Mindsurge by Heather Sunseri
Books 2 and 3 of the Mindspeak trilogy by Heather Sunseri.
Goodreads Summary: Mindsiege: An intruder has seized control of Lexi Matthew’s mind, putting those closest to her in grave danger.
When someone snakes into Lexi’s head and threatens Jack’s life at Lexi’s own hand, she must quickly decide: leave Jack and the web of lies and controversial medical science behind in order to protect him, or stay and fight to regain control of her own mind but risk Jack’s life.
Before Lexi can choose, she’s immersed into the underground world of the International Intelligence Agency, where she discovers the world of cloning and mind control is much larger than she and Jack ever imagined and is growing bigger and more dangerous.
As the band of teenage human clones uncovers more of their supernatural abilities, a dominant force inside the IIA is at work to take over their powers. Can Lexi stop the person who has invaded her mind before the IIA captures them all, or will she sacrifice herself to save those she loves?
Mindsurge: Wellington Boarding School is home to human clones, an identity that Lexi Matthews once hoped to escape. Shattered by the loss of her father and then her best friend at the hand of Sandra Whitmeyer, the woman from whom she was created, Lexi Matthews is after one thing…Revenge.
When Sandra sends a series of threatening “gifts” beginning the night of Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, she determines that Sandra will never stop destroying the lives of her and her friends. Once again, Lexi must battle to grasp the complexities of her creation.
As Lexi and Jack discover the horrific details to experiments Sandra is conducting with human life inside her new lab, Lexi decides there’s only one way to end Sandra’s threats. But following that path could cost her everything—including Jack.
My review: I read these two books back to back and there wasn’t even enough time in between to write a blog post so I combined them into one.
This series is so tricky to blog about because so much of the plot was finding out secrets and such and it would definitely be a review full of spoilers. Well I won’t do that to you; I will just write about what I liked about the books vaguely and you’ll have to find out all of the plot twists for yourself.
Well starting with the love interest(s): yes there may be more than one in there! Woops…well not so much of a spoiler! What kind of fun romance is it if there aren’t two amazing men fighting for one girl. It just so happens that the second is someone I would have never even guessed! The other is Jack of course…sweet dependable Jack. I love him the more I read about him and I enjoyed being with him if only in these few books.
The plots of these books were amazing and I was addicted…dangerously addicted. I can’t believe how in depth the author went into this world, but I loved feeling like I lived in it for the short time it took me to fly through these pages. There were so many characters and some characters that I didn’t like in the beginning came around and I will say no more.
This series was amazing and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes scifi romance books. I loved it! You can buy book two here.
Mindspeak by Heather Sunseri
Goodreads summary: She was created for a purpose so revolutionary, someone was willing to kill for it.
Seventeen-year-old Lexi Matthews keeps two secrets from her elite boarding school classmates—she’s the daughter of a famous and controversial geneticist, and she can influence people’s thoughts.
But after new student Jack DeWeese heals her broken arm with an anything-but-simple touch, he forces Lexi to face a new reality—her abilities reach much further than speaking to the minds of others.
After Lexi’s father goes missing and she receives threatening emails, she can’t decide whether to fall into Jack’s arms or run and hide.
As Lexi seeks answers to what she and Jack are, she discovers a truth more unsettling than anything her science books can teach. And letting Jack into her life of secrets is not only a threat to her very existence, but it just might break her heart wide open.
Hello blogging world, it has been too long! I am finally on summer break and back to reading!
This book exceeded my expectations and made me remember why I love reading. It also created an unhealthy addiction which caused me to read instead of doing things like cooking dinner…
Anyway, the main character Lexi was so amusing and real. I love books where the main character has “powers” and it makes me want to be them…and when they get a guy who starts out sketchy but turns out to be totally swoon-worthy like jack, it makes the book even more worth reading.
The book started out somewhat normal, and Lexi was just going about her life not knowing that there was a huge secret and a bunch of people wanting to capture and maybe kill her! The powers (I’m not sure what else to call them) only developed and got more awesome which I loved! And the romance was just enough to not turn the book into a sappy romance book but kept it an awesome scifi book with a romantic interest!
I can’t really share much of the plot without ruining everything for you so I’ll just say that it is amazing and there is a twist in the plot around every corner!
I was addicted to this book for only a few days and when it ended I started the next and I will do a review on the next soon! I definitely recommend reading the first book though! You can get it here for FREE!
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Goodreads Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
My Review: I have had this book on my TBR list for a really long time and my book club decided to read it which worked out perfectly for me!
The book started out a little slow for me because it seemed too similar to Cinderella but it picked up pretty quickly once the plot line was introduced. The whole cyborg thing mixed with a plague was fantastic and I have never read anything like it which was great and then the inclusion of alien creatures made the book even more unique. The only thing I didn’t like was how easily I figured out how the book was going to end, so there weren’t many things that caught me off guard but it was good regardless.
The whole insta-love thing was kind of annoying, but it was Cinderella so I expected it. The Prince did grow on me though because of the few times I got to read through his point of view. By the end of the book I was completely pro-prince-and-cinder.
I cannot wait to read the next one because the book may have ended how I thought but I have no idea what is going to happen next. I am hoping to fall madly in love with the Prince like in Cinderella.
You can buy Cinder here, and I recommend it. What did the rest of you guys think of Cinder?
Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
Goodreads Summary: Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.
Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.
Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.
My Review: I have had this book on hold since the end of July and I finally got it and I was so excited to finally get to read it. Basically it had four short stories (ha ha four) and I was kind of afraid it was just going to be sections of the divergent series from Four’s point of view which I wouldn’t really want to read to be honest because it would have probably depressed me–if you have read the entire series then you understand what I’m talking about and if you haven’t, well get on it. Anyway, this book was almost entirely before Four met Tris and I really enjoyed *was obsessed with* this book.
The short stories really developed Tobias and made me fall in love with him even more than I already am which is impressive so go Roth! I never really understood his past, I knew what he came from but this book dove into his life and I love that Roth decided to do this even after the Divergent series concluded. I also love how in the very last short story, Tris was in half of it because I may have been upset if she never was since she was such a huge part of Tobias’s life.
This book exceeded all of my expectations and I am so glad I finally got to read it and it made me want to re read her entire Divergent series because it was just that good. If you liked Divergent I definitely recommend this book!
You can buy Four here. You can also buy each short story separately on Amazon.
The Pandora Chronicles #1 by Ryan Attard
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads Summary: A nomadic alien species found itself trapped on a new-born Earth billions of years ago. And they were here just long enough to leave a legacy behind – buried in our DNA.
1713 – Captain Jack Finnegan’s remarkable success as a pirate and privateer turns out to be something much deeper. He’ll need all of his wits, and a bit more, to survive his quest for the powerful relic left behind by the gods.
2012 – The famous archaeologist Nick Solomon never could pass up a good adventure, especially not the search for a mysterious artifact. He’d just prefer not being stuck between a crime lord, a secret government agency, and the past he’s tried so hard to forget.
I received this book over a month ago via email and I am so sorry it took me so long to read it, I hardly ever have time to read anything that isn’t for school.
My review: This book seemed to me something that I would not normally read because pirates? and the time period of the 18th century but I decided to give it a read anyway.
This book wasn’t quite for me. The story line was definitely unique and I’m glad that there are still authors who can create an entirely new plot and I liked that the story kept me wondering how everything was going to connect together. However, I now know that I am not a huge fan of reading about pirates in general, even if there are aliens involved. There were also sections of the book that were just hard to get through because the sentences were worded so awkwardly. Luckily, the story made up for that so it was easy to just push through those few sections.
The 1700s characters were easier to connect to for some reason. I felt myself rooting for the romance even though it was a bit awkwardly described…I’ll leave that sentence open to interpretation. I worried more about what was going to happen to the characters even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the pirate thing, but that was not the author’s fault, I just don’t like pirates I guess.
The more modern portion of the book was okay. There were so many sexual jokes that I didn’t care for because it had nothing to do with the plot and it made me dislike the main character. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t supposed to dislike the Professor but I found myself not liking him throughout the story and even so as his character developed. He was a 30 year old man who acted like a college freshman and even though he was kind of the hero, I didn’t understand if he was helping the government or the other group of people.
The whole alien God thing was cool and definitely an interesting aspect of the book.
This book was okay, I wouldn’t want to read another book like it but if you are a person who likes pirates mixed with scifi and aliens then this book is totally for you because it is super unique and pretty well developed. Heads up: this is definitely not a childrens book.
You can buy book one of the Pandora Chronicles here.
Transfixion by J Giambrone
This was my first ARC novel and I am so excited that I had this experience. I am sorry it took me so long to read this, I’m in college now and have very little time to read!
Goodreads Summary: It’s nothing short of the end of the world.
Someone has weaponized the broadcast spectrum – gazing upon the transmission is enough to steal your mind.
Kaylee Colton faces a technological Armageddon when suburbia shatters into civil war. All alone, and unable to speak, Kaylee will need to fight to survive and transcend her own fears if she is to stand against these enigmatic forces of destruction.
My Review: This book was AMAZING! I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from it because I’ve read iffy things about ARC books, but I loved this story! It was action-packed, constantly moving, and definitely worth the read!
It started out kind of confusing because I was thrown right in the middle of the plot, so of course I had no idea what was going on in their world and so everything that happened moved so fast and I didn’t understand it, but it was super entertaining and pulled me in from page one! Kaylee, the main character was awesome to read about, she gets chased by people trying to kill her and she is worried about not getting blood on her book. Kind of ridiculous but I can relate so I loved her from the start! Typically I don’t like it when characters have big mental breakdowns but this one was actually entertaining to read about and I liked what Giambrone did with it. The boy characters were also awesome! Lucas and Dustin were cool to read about because I like guy characters…the only upsetting thing to me was that there was no romance, I love books with romance as a minor plot, but that’s not what type of story this was I guess.
The plot was awesome even though it took a while for me to figure out what the heck was going on! The situation with the zombie-like dupes or whatever they were supposed to be was super confusing at first because it started out with “oh crap there were dupes chasing me” and I didn’t know if this was like a zombie story or a post-apocalyptic story or both! Eventually, I figured it out and it’s a pretty cool idea, this whole mind control element of the book and of course the survival aspect. The part that set this apart from other books of this genre was that the main goal wasn’t just survival, it was trying to reverse what was going on and I really liked that because it gave a purpose to the story.
The last few chapters were okay. It was confusing because again, I had to infer what happened based on the last chapter. Close to the end, the plot of the book Kaylee was reading at the beginning was also randomly thrown in and I didn’t see the purpose until a bit later on. I appreciate it now and I think it’s interesting, but it was awkwardly placed. The very last few lines though…some of my favorite lines and I was smiling like an idiot!
This book was really good and was definitely worth the read. I would recommend it for anyone who likes zombie stories, post-apocalyptic, or dystopian books! You can buy transfixion here. Thanks J. Giambrone for sending me an ARC copy! I loved it!
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
Goodreads Summary: Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth…but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood.
By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.
How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?
My Review: I read this book for a super awesome popular culture/literature class I am taking and I listened to it on audiobook. This book was…interesting? I guess that word sums up the book.
There wasn’t much of a plot line, it was more of the story of Robert Neville and his experiences and seeing how he reacts to everything and watching him try to figure out the virus. These so-called ‘vampires’ were a mix between vampires and zombies because of all of the typical things like garlic and mirrors and crosses but were more like zombies because they couldn’t think and they were created by a virus, and everything that related to the modern vampire was described by something scientific. I’m not sure I liked that, but it’s not a modern book so I dealt with it.
The lack of plot made it more literature-like which was okay to get through but not extremely entertaining. There was also no romance, just a few scenes where Robert considered raping women/zombies or thinking about times when he would have done something like that which was extremely awkward for me and just bleh. There was also this 27-minute section of the book (I was listening to it) where there was a dog that Robert Neville really wanted to like him and it was the longest few chapters I have ever read! It was all buildup and was so boring and repetitive and useless…then later on in the book, there was an actual human woman and there was no buildup at all. “There’s a woman. I will catch her. I chased her. I caught her and brought her back.” That is a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea of how annoyed I am at how much time was spent on the stupid dog!
Being the last man on Earth, or close to it, was definitely an interesting aspect and the reversal of what we thought was going to happen,
happened. The ending was crazy and insane and I did not see it coming, I thought it was completely awesome, brave of Matheson, and anticlimactic. Overall, I wasn’t too pleased with the book. It seemed really awesome, with zombie-like-vampires, but wasn’t a great read for me.
You can buy I am Legend here.
The Hollows (Hollowland and Hollowmen) by Amanda Hocking
Hollowland: “This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.” Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.
Hollowmen: After six months in the quarantine, Remy finds out things are much worse than she feared. Her plans to escape come with a heavy cost, and she realizes that zombies aren’t the worst of her problems.
My Review: As with all Amanda Hocking books, I loved this series. This is my first time reading about the zombie apocalypse. I know that’s a common thing now and I’m a bit behind the times but hey, I had to give it a shot eventually! Well, I loved these books. I love the writing and the characters and the plot line in general. Even though I’m sure the plot line isn’t completely original, it was enticing and stressful and action filled which I love. Of course, there was a bit of romance which there typically is in the books that I read and I always love reading about fake romance.
I did get kind of annoyed with how she became a martyr at the end of the first book and into the second, how she changed love interests, and how the book kind of ended but kind of didn’t, things could go either really well for them or they could all die. I also didn’t like how many people died, but I guess that’s to be expected in a zombie book. Overall though, I really enjoyed this series and I really wish there were more of them. Maybe I will have to read more zombie apocalypse books in the future?
You can buy the two books on Amazon! The first book is free!!
Plague by Michael Grant
Goodreads Summary: It’s been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.
They’ve survived hunger. They’ve survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.
But enemies in the FAYZ don’t just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they’ll escape – or even survive – life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?
My Review: This book was definitely my favorite so far. The action was just super cool, gruesome at times but that doesn’t really bother me. There weren’t as many disturbing things in this book which I liked and the plot was finally fully developed and insane. The Darkness is back, a huge twist involved with that that would be a huge spoiler so I won’t say, but it was awesome. The plague is taking out a ton of kids in a horrid way and even Lana can’t kill it and the virus was causing a whole bunch of smaller problems that kept the book really entertaining. Also, the human-eating bugs that were after the entire population, created and controlled by the Darkness, made living without resources really inconvenient.
The characters were as great as ever to read about. I definitely grew to like Caine and Diana more in this book than the rest, they weren’t as ruthless and belligerent. Sam, Jack, and Dekka, who spent a lot of the book together were an awesome team on a mission that encountered a bunch of problems but also a bit of luck which was a relief as a reader rooting for their survival. The fact that really necessary people to the whole group of FAYZ kids was an interesting thing to do but I knew what would happen to the important ones in the end. Astrid, who is basically in a battle with herself the entire book, does something that she may not be able to live with and I honestly never saw this change in her coming. She is my favorite character still, and reading her parts of the book are always so interesting. There are still so many characters but it wasn’t as hard to keep track of them all as it was in the last book.
The romance is basically not a big deal in this book. It pretty much only exists between Caine and Diana, it messes with Sam’s mind, and it drives Dekka insane. That is all I have to say about the romance because the plot was too major to spend time on that.
The ending though was so great! The other books didn’t really end with a cliffhanger that made me want to read the next one immediately, they were just good so I knew I wanted to keep going. But this book ended with cliffhangers in a few of the subplots and I am dying to read Fear! I would recommend this book if you are good with awkward and gruesome because it can be at times, but the story is great and so worth it.
If you would like to buy Fear, you can do so here.
Lies by Michael Grant
Goodreads Summary: It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.
As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?
My review: This book was definitely amazing. The plot was interesting though because there was not one main plot. There were many subplots and even more characters were introduced and it was hard to follow for a bit, but by the end I was able to recognize the characters more easily and follow the story lines.
One major theme that kept coming up was madness. All of the main people seemed to go crazy for a bit which was frustrating because we found out that they could have escaped on their birthday. The introduction of the outside world was definitely what kept me going throughout the book. I wasn’t sure how the story was going to keep progressing and almost got bored until the reveal.
The romance was still cute between Astrid and Sam even though it was barely even there but my stories definitely need romance in them so I’m glad it was there. The romance between Caine and Diana actually made me like them a bit more even though I am still not a huge fan. Dekka is just awkwardly in love and I didn’t like how much she talked about living for the other person, but she isn’t a huge part of the story so I just moved past it.
The whole system of the FAYZ is completely entertaining and I love it. The darkness is still not gone which isn’t a surprise, Little Petey is fueling it, and there is now an addition of a demon who is also an angel sometimes which I am still trying to wrap my head around but it is definitely an interesting plot twist and I didn’t see that one coming like I did with the darkness’s return.
This book wasn’t as good as the last one in my opinion but this book was definitely worth reading and I can’t wait to start the next one. I definitely recommend this series if you haven’t read it yet. You can buy Lies here.
Hunger by Michael Grant
Goodreads Summary: It’s been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.
Three months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.
Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers. Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It’s the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.
But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.
The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.
My review: This book had a much different plot than I thought it was going to. When I first started gone i didn’t see how a bunch of kids without adults could create a series but the inclusion of the “Darkness”, as well as the newfound powers and mutations, developed an almost supernatural feel of the book. I have to say I really love the direction the author took with the story!
The characters developed so much in this book as well! Sam who was just a quiet kid who wanted to surf transformed into a real leader and even though he has a breakdown or two, he matured more than anyone else in the story. The kids who developed powers also took on more responsibility (and Astrid, Quinn, and edilio) and it was interesting to see how much they had changed. The constant inclusion of more characters is definitely hard to grasp sometimes and the more characters that are added, the harder it is to remember it all and the less time I got to read about my favorite characters. When all of the characters come together, it gets easier to follow.
The countdown in this book was more difficult to figure out than the last one. I enjoyed the frustration of trying to come up with what it led down to and eventually figured it out. I also like the unique climax in the end of the story because normally the climax is in the middle.
The romance was still present, thank goodness, and it was adorable. Sam and Astrid are too cute and I love how the romance was strong but didn’t take away from the story. The inner romantic struggles of Dekka were awkward though and I’m still pretty sure I don’t like Caine or Diana so I’m not too fond of their “relationship”.
Overall this story was great and again I am not sure how the next story is going to go because there was no cliffhanger but I love these books so I am definitely reading the next one, review coming soon.
If you haven’t read these books, I definitely recommend them! You can buy Hunger here.
Gone by Michael Grant
Goodreads summary: In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.
There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…
This book was better than I expected. I have never read a book anything like this one and I wasn’t sure that I would like it but I really did enjoy reading it. The kids 14 and under control the FAYZ (the name for the barrier in the shape of a sphere) that locks everyone in. Sam, the protagonist, and Caine, the antagonist, are constantly in a battle with each other and things in this book didn’t move as fast as other books that I have read but it was interesting enough to keep me reading.
The animal mutations and super powers some kids develop before their birthdays are something that I didn’t think was going to be a part of this book and I got really excited when magic of some sort was included. There was also the whole aspect of the Darkness, which didn’t seem to be a big part of the plot until the end of the book neared. The countdown at the beginning of each chapter was also really confusing until about halfway through the book when I figured it out and the entire story started making so much more sense. By that point the characters had just come together as well which led to the climax that I will not talk too much about because it would definitely be a spoiler but I will say that it was epic.
Now for the characters. Caine is seriously a pain and even though he is the main antagonist I have to hate Drake even more, who is a psychopath at fourteen years old. Diana is kind of obnoxious, as is Orc, but neither of them seem to be a huge threat at this point and I don’t really have them in my head as major characters. Sam’s friends are definitely amusing to read about but I still preferred to read about Astrid and Sam. Throughout the book a romance between the two started developing and of course I saw it coming but it was still adorable. The romance aspect was not a huge part of the story, but the author did a good job of incorporating it with the plot and not making the story overwhelmingly a love story.
Overall I’d say this book was much better than anticipated and at first I wasn’t sure how there was going to be another book about this topic but the cliffhanger was frustrating and I am itching to read the next one and see how the story plays out.
If you want to buy Gone, you can do so here.
“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her”
This book had so many amazing reviews, I had to at least try to read it. The first couple of chapters were all setup and kind of slow but once I pushed through those, the story was so unique and enticing I couldn’t stop until I finished. The ideas behind the story were amazing, I have no idea how Roth came up with them. The internal struggle of Tris and having to decide whether to stay with her family or choose the faction she has always dreamed of being a part of. This exaggerated version of what most teenagers go through is so powerful because it connects to so many people and I think that’s what makes it so good. Also, the fact that Tris finds a romantic fantasy and struggles to make it a reality which is what a lot of girls dream of having. Although extremely frustrating at times, the romance aspect is adorable and I loved it.
The actual writing and layout of the book was just not as great as I expected. I did love the story, but the whole book I felt like I was just waiting for something to happen. The entire book was just build up which would have been okay if it was a shorter. It felt like the rising action lasted forever but nothing had really happened. That though, is definitely not a reason not to read it because this book is so interesting and one of a kind, it even invaded my dreams. I definitely recommend reading this book and the rest of the series because it only gets better.