When it was first recommended to me to read Divergent and Insurgent (Allegiant wasn’t out when I started them), I was very hesitant. A coworker knew how much I’d enjoyed The Hunger Games, and was convinced I’d like this just as much.
I knew at the time that there was some (aka a lot) of hype surrounding the books – with people even going as far as saying they were the next Hunger Games, or Twilight. I also knew that there was a movie on the way, and I’m very picky about making sure I read a book before seeing the movie – Personally I’ve always liked reading the book better, but I think that the reading imagination is light years beyond what you see in a movie. But that’s another post for another time.
The character of Tris stands out in a way that is slightly different from other YA female leads. She shares similar characteristics with Katniss, Rose and even Paige from previous Femme Fridays, but she’s also extremely unique. She’s more than willing to put herself into danger countless times, in order to stand up for what she believes to be right. Her love interest, Four (aka Tobias) is also presented in a highly respectable way to younger readers – Roth showcases that while Tris does have a relationship with Tobias, she ultimately does not have to sacrifice her morals in exchange for love.
I’ve read some blog posts and internet articles saying that Tris is a very wooden character, and in a way I can see what bloggers are talking about. She is a very different character than what we’d normally find in YA books. And that’s what I like best about her. Tris spends the entirety of the series trying to find herself, and figure out her place in the universe. She searches to make her life, and the lives of those around her, better. Although she can be selfish, Tris proves time and time again that she is willing to go the ultimate distance to ensure that those she loves, are protected and taken care of.