One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
Oh man. I reviewed Divergent a couple weeks ago, and if you didn’t read that one, do. As the previous review may have shown y’all, I’m a huge fan of this dystopian trilogy. It’s great.
Tris did get vaguely annoying and paranoid. But overall this second book delivered. Somehow second books always get the short end of the sticks, in my mind. Sometimes they’re not as amazing or don’t live up to the hype. This book, however, gave me what I wanted. And I couldn’t be more thrilled.
There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the secrets being kept from Tris and Four, but there’s also a lot that’s becoming more clear. Where the first book was Tris trying to find herself within the confines of the societal norms and labels, this book was more about Tris finding herself outside of all that.
I read this, clung to every word, then read it again. It’s a phenomenal time, and definitely worth the wait.
Cyn’s Take: Rating: 3-3.5 of 5 stars
A quick background on my perspective: I was quite wary about reading this book. The second book has so much riding on it especially when you thoroughly enjoyed the first. So I’m glad to be able to say that I enjoyed this book more than I was expecting. Not to say it is without its flaws.
Firstly, (as mentioned by Kim above) Tris was vaguely annoying and paranoid. I had a lot of problems relating to her actions and reasoning. However to me it was similar to a like-dislike/sisterly relationship because while I may find Tris annoying, I also find myself getting quite defensive about her when others (in the book) were quick to point to her flaws. Secondly, I also had some issues with Tris and Four’s relationship. There is definitely a lack of trust and quite a lot of hypocrisy. I will mention however for what it’s worth (and I hope this is not spoiler-ish to say but) there is no love-triangle. The problems, the solutions, all lie between Tris and Four and for that I am grateful.
The overall book was good. The plot pushed the story forward, slowly revealing secrets but also creating more conflict and building nicely to the third and final book. This was easily one of the better second book in the world of dystopian trilogies as of yet.
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