Author: Veronica Roth
Series: 2nd (Divergent)
Published: May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
Description: 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.
I Give This ...
Wow there's a lot to digest in this book. The book moves forward so fast that sometimes it's hard to digest what's really happening.
I was intrigued by the progression of Tris's character in this book. She seems bound and determined to prove that she's Dauntless all the way through. While I don't necessarily agree with Four's assessment that she completely disregards her own life, I think she thinks she needs to be the ones to save them all. She has the uncanny ability to access the situation and come up with a course of action before anybody else. I think that why it seems like she has little concern for her own safety. I was a little disappointed in Four throughout this novel. While I appreciate the romance, it's almost like Four developed the male mentality. Tris needed saved and was going to be the one to do it. Never mind that she's fully capable of taking care of herself. I think part of it stems from the fact that he is so afraid to lose her.
The first novel gave us a good glimpse of the factions Abnegation and of course Dauntless. I feel like we get a good look at the other three is this book. It's interesting to see how each faction differs both in structure and how they treat each other. I think it truly shows how and why Erudite was able to incite a war between the factions. They will also stop at nothing to insure total compliance and control. We also learn about the factionless throughout this book. I had no idea that they were so big in number and way more organized than we thought. Also a huge surprise when we learn who their "leader" is. She's not very found of Tris either.
Tris really does endure a lot throughout this book. Her belief in herself is put to the test repeatedly. She must decide how far she's willing to go to save not only her own factions, but possibly others as well. She endures torture and the utmost betrayal. I was amazed in the end that she's just as determined as ever. She takes everything into stride and marches forward. The truth she learns at the end of the story will only drive her more. She will find the end to all of this. And I can't wait to discover how she does it!