* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Summary (from Goodreads):
One choice can transform you – or it can destroy you. Tris Prior’s initiation day should have been marked by victorious celebrations with her chosen faction; instead it ended with unspeakable horrors. Now unrest surges in the factions around her as conflict between their ideologies grows.
War seems inevitable; and in times of war sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge and choices will become ever more irrevocable. Tris has already paid a terrible price for survival and is wracked by haunting grief and guilt. But radical new discoveries and shifting relationships mean that she must fully embrace her Divergence – even though she cannot know what might be lost in doing so.
My main problem with this book, and the series in general is still the absurdity of the factions, but I won’t rant about it again here – see my Divergent review for that piece of fun.
This book had a lot more focus on Tris and Four’s relationship, which really didn’t do anything for me. I wasn’t really enthralled by their relationship in the first book, and it just got more boring here. Their up and down struggles just felt pointless to me, especially in the midst of all the drama – I don’t understand why characters focus on petty relationship things when their whole world is crumbling. But hey, maybe that’s just me.
This book felt a bit like a filler. After the set up of the first book and its climax, this one seemed to dip in the action and drama – there was a lot of time spent running between different factions and talking about what was to be done, when really I wanted something more to happen.
I think my favourite thing about the book was probably Tris’ character development. She’s still shaken after the events of the last book and finds it hard to shake off the guilt of what she’s done. It makes her reckless and rash and gets her in all kinds of trouble as she enters a downward spiral. It’s great to see a character suffering as a result of their actions rather than taking everything in their stride.
Having read all three books in a row, this is probably the weakest of the three for me, as it feels like it’s just a bridge between the opening and the end, rather than really driving the plot forward. The really key bits happened right towards the end, and I wish that could have been slotted into book three and saved us all a lot of Tris and Four back and forth.