author : veronica roth
pages [hardcover] : 525
memorable quote : “Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”
favorite characters : four & tris
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 looooved Divergent so much that I needed to pick this book up as soon as it came up. Unfortunately a lot of other great books were coming out around the same time, school was busy overtaking my schedule, and, well . . . I finished most of this book pretty quickly but lingered over the last hundred pages. Why? I have no idea. It took me a long while to muster up the stamina to finish the book in one go because I felt like I really had to. Not that I’m saying it’s unenjoyable or that I hated it; far from it. It just didn’t grip me like book one did.
The characters were all amazingly fantastic! Tris and Four, and, yeah, everyone else. Supporting characters included! Even the bad guys were delightfully evil (and by delightful I mean they scare the crap out of me). I liked the entire concept but it felt like a lot of nothing was happening. Even though that nothing was important character development, skirmishes, shocking revelations . . It felt like a transitional sort of book. Sometimes that happens to sequels and Insurgent unfortunately was sucked into that pit as well. I have very high hopes for the third one, what with how this ended, but it’s not a real favorite like Divergent was.
I still really recommend this! Veronica Roth is so amazing when it comes to plot twists. She knows when to throw them in and how to have you thinking that it would never happen just before it does. Go pick up a copy and fall into this dystopian world! It’s one of the better trilogies I’m reading right now.