I think everyone's a little afraid of being part of a trend, because you get compared to each other. Writers tend to have a lot of camaraderie, and when you're constantly compared to someone else, it kind of damages that camaraderie, but I think this is a great trend. I'm honored to be a part of it in many ways.
I think it's fascinating to look at a world that an author has created that has sort of stemmed from the world now, and usually dystopian books point out something about our current world and exaggerates a tendency or a belief.
I know exactly what it's like to stand on top of a tall building or in a high place and look down and go, 'Ohhhh my God.' I try to get into that place every time I write a scene like that. And definitely when I write the action scenes, I get overheated and my heart goes really fast. I get very involved.
When you're a teenager, everything seems like the end of the world, and I don't think that's necessarily a silly thing. You're waking up and becoming aware that the world has problems and those problems affect you, whereas when you're young they don't seem to affect you that much even if you're aware of them.
I don't really think about what's 'age appropriate' for my audience because I think they can handle quite a bit, but I do try to think about what's honest and true to my characters who have grown up in situations where they've been taught to handle these things very carefully and that they're very powerful.
People make me key chains... someone attached a Dauntless symbol to a silver pen. That one is what I use to sign books. I use that a lot. I like to keep them around because they remind me that people are waiting for these books and that they really love them. It gives me motivation in those times when I'm not feeling very motivated.
I really like the group tour better than going it alone. First of all, it kind of takes the pressure off a little. I'm not a naturally extroverted person. But I also like it because it brings in new fans. For example, someone who really loves Aprilynne Pike's books might pick up mine and vice versa.
It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free.
I want people to come away from my book with questions. Questions about virtue and goodness. Not answers.
Desperation can make a person do surprising things.
I watch her blond head until it disappears around the bend, and I feel bare, like there's nothing left to protect me against pain. Her absence stings worst of all.
We kiss again and this time, it feels familiar. I know exactly how we fit together, his arm around my waist, my hands on his chest, the pressure of his lips on mine. We have each other memorized.
No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.
We are not people who touch each other carelessly; every point of contact between us feels important, a rush of energy and relief.
We believe that preparation eradicates cowardice, which we define as the failure to act in the midst of fear.
The truth has a way of changing people's plans.
That's what love does. When it's right, it makes you more than you were, more than you thought you could be.
I have to face the fear. I have to take control of the situation and find a way to make it less frightening.
If I let a little of the emotion out, all of it will come out, and it will never end.
It's strange how a word, a phrase, a sentence, can feel like a blow to the head.
I keep finding myself stifled by the company of others and then crippled by loneliness when I leave them. I am terrified and I don't even know of what, because I have lost everything already.
Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.
Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.
Maybe there's more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time.
In 'Insurgent' we realise how large the world really is
Change, like healing, takes time.
Sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them.
My mother told me once that we can't survive alone, but even if we could, we wouldn't want to. Without a faction we have no purpose and no reason to live.
A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.
Writing means not just staring ugliness in the face, but finding a way to embrace it.
Reading is such a huge part of my life.
I laugh, and it's laughter, not light, that casts out the darkness building within me, that reminds me I am still alive, even in this strange place where everything I've ever known is coming apart.
We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
Sorry, am I being rude?" she asks. "I'm used to saying whatever is on my mind. Mom used to say that politeness is deception in pretty packaging
Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game.
I feel bare. I didn't realize I wore my secrets as armor until they were gone and now everyone sees me as I really am.
His fingers slide into my hair, and I hold on to his arms to stay steady as we press together like two blades at a stalemate. He is stronger than anyone I know, and warmer than anyone else realizes; he is a secret that I have kept, and will keep for the rest of my life.
Killing you is not the worst thing they can do to you," I say. "Controlling you is.
Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil.
You don't believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they're true.