* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Release Date: October 22nd 2013
Summary (from Goodreads):
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
This is the final installation in a trilogy that has been pretty average for me. While this one does explain a lot, which was long overdue, it also felt really slow and wasn’t particularly enjoyable. The title felt really forced in to fit in with the others too.
The unusual thing about this book is that it is told from dual perspective: from Tris, as per the previous books, and also Four. As soon as I realised this, it felt like a big spoiler as to what was going to happen in the end – I guessed it straight away, so wasn’t really surprised by the climax, which was a shame.
I didn’t enjoy the dual perspective and didn’t really feel like it added anything to the story. The previous books told the story fine from Tris’ point of view, and Four’s just didn’t seem necessary. I also didn’t feel I could tell the difference between the two narrators very well: quite often I’d forget who was narrating and only realise once Tris called Four by name of vice versa.
Again, this book had too much focus on Tris and Four’s relationship. They were constantly arguing, lying to each other, falling out and making up, and it just didn’t seem like a great relationship to be in to me. I could have done without all that drama to be honest!
We get an explanation on why the factions are in place, and it did make a kind of sense, but it was so long in coming that it just didn’t really satisfy: I’d already spent two books thinking they were stupid, and any explanation towards the end just couldn’t cut it.
The ending is a brave move for a YA book and I appreciated that, even if it was easy to see coming. I still wasn’t impressed with the series overall, and it’s not something I’d really want to read again, or watch the accompanying films.