If you haven’t read this series, I must warn you to stop reading. I went more the “discussion” route as opposed to a normal review. It’s been out a while and the movie is coming out, so I figure it’s safe. Plus there’s many things I need to discuss. So without further ado…
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.
I need to get this off my chest before I continue: I don’t really like Tris. I’m trying to, but it’s hard.
Things that bugged me:
- Tris’ inability to communicate with the man she’s supposedly in love with.
- The constant bickering in the first half of the novel between Tris and Tobias. Drama for your Mama.
- Why can’t the girl ever listen? I get going off once because you think you’re helping, but like every other day? That’s not noble, it’s selfish and annoying. Plus that’s not how you treat someone you claim to love.
- Turning herself into Erudite headquarters? Lame. She completely doesn’t believe in the people around her. Did she really believe she would save more people that way? Geez.
- Why the hay would you trust Marcus so easily! Seriously.
- This didn’t bug me, but did anyone else think of President Coin with Tobias’ mother?
I honestly don’t remember the last time a character kept doing things that I wanted to yell “HOMEGIRL, GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER.”
It got a bit better towards the last section of the book. There was more action and not just Tris not listening. Plus there were some surprises I didn’t see coming. Roth’s writing ability isn’t the issue, just the one character ;).
Will I read the last book? Yes, not only because I try to finish series (I mean, I finished the Twilight Saga Internet), but how this ended was enough for me to be intrigued and want to know how it concludes. I have to confess, before I started reading this series, I had fun plans to write a comparison post between this series and The Hunger Games, but after reading this one, there’s no point. HG is by far better.
Have you read this series? What are some of your thoughts? If you haven’t what’s a popular series you were disappointed in? (You can say Hunger Games ;), promise I won’t get mad).