We just finished spring break last week and I had a little time to do some reading. My high school students have been reading the Hunger Games series at school and LOVING them, so I thought I would give this a proofread to see if this was something we could read together someday. When reluctant readers are caught reading ahead because they can’t wait until the next day to find out what happens, I’m so excited! It’s a turning point when a student who struggles to read suddenly decides that they can read for the enjoyment of a good story.
This series was written with a similar style as the Hunger Games, also focusing on a dystopian society. In this book, the people were divided into sects, and each sect had a primary trait, such as selfless, high IQ, ability to control fear, etc. I don’t want to give too much of the story away. I enjoyed the style of the book and thought it had some fun, unexpected twists and turns in the plot. I liked how the characters were well developed, full of human flaws.
My only complaint about this book was that, being a teacher, and reading the book for the purpose of possibly reading the book in class, I felt like there were some unnecessarily detailed pieces regarding sexual tension between some of the characters. There weren’t sex scenes, but I felt like the relationship between Four and Tris could have been slightly less explicit while still getting the point across. As an adult reading the book, I don’t feel like there was anything inappropriate said, but for classroom material, I’m undecided as to whether or not I will use it. I think most high school students, particularly juniors and seniors, could handle it, but I don’t know if it’s something I want to address. Otherwise, it would have absolutely been a book I would have used in the classroom. There were violent scenes, but no more violent than the “Hunger Games”. I also feel like the students are typically exposed to so much violence from their video games and TV that what they would describe as violent and what I would describe as violent are probably completely different.