Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Genre: YA Dystopian
I enjoyed this book, although the ending didn’t feel like much of an ending–which makes sense, since there is a sequel. Interesting world idea, and Ms. Roth takes the idea of factions to the nth degree, showing how a society out of balance is a dangerous thing. I think this book is quite relevant to today’s times, in particular our political arena. Society has broken down, and different groups of people have decided on qualities they think will root out evil, including courage, selflessness, honesty, and intellect. The only problem, is they’ve gone a little overboard, and now put down the other factions and qualities. Sound familiar? (Family values! Freedom of expression! America first! New World Order!) This factionization eventually leads to the complete breakdown of society; what was a fairly well working machine becomes chaos. This is already a dystopian world, but here it falls again in another cycle.
Veronica’s characters are okay, though I find her protagonist a bit whiny at times. The little romance is nicely done as well. I really liked how tension was maintained throughout the book and the intricacies of the society and their training process. I recommended the book to my twelve-year-old daughter, and she really enjoyed the book as well. Those who liked “The Hunger Games” will find this right up their alley.