Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Dystopia
How I Read It: Kindle edition purchased by me.
Synopsis: 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.
“New York Times” bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian “Divergent” series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.
*Synopsis taken from Goodreads
My Review: When we last saw Tris, she was doing what she could to stop the attack by her chosen faction on the one she left behind, master minded by another faction entirely. This novel picks up pretty much where the last one ended – there’s a war going on and someone needs to make sense of it in order to stop it. Since most of the adults who would normally figure that all out were killed in the attack, it somewhat falls to Tris and her friends to sort it all out.
I was really conflicted about Tris in this one. On the one hand, I get that she’s just sixteen. But on the other, either behave like a child and sideline yourself, or get your head in the game – you can’t have both! She makes one decision after another that just seem ridiculous. And so much of the trouble she gets herself into could simply be avoided if she had only trusted a couple of people and told them what she was thinking. Instead, she is hell bent on destroying herself and seems unwilling to acknowledge that she could take the whole world down with her.
Since this is a YA novel, I have a hard time knowing if the root of this complaint is because I’m out of the target age range, but I felt like a lot of the plot points were predictable. I really dislike that in a book, so I do wish more thought had gone into making less obvious plot and character decisions. I’m willing to admit that it all may make more sense down the line when the next book comes out, but I seem to remember having a similar thought about the first one, so I really hope for improvement going forward.
That all being said, the book ended on an interesting point and I’m absolutely intrigued about what’s going to come next. I’m actually far less interested in what will ultimately happen to Tris, yet have an immense curiosity about what happens next in her world.
Read this book if: This is a decent follow up to the first book, so I would definitely recommend continuing the series.
My Rating: 3.5/5 – Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun!