Goodreads Rating: 4.18
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.
Not a bad book for a middle book. I love that the transition between first and second book was very seemless. The second book picks up right where the first leaves off. For someone like me, who went right from the first book into the second, this was really nice (like reading one giant book).
I really liked Tris' strength throughout the book. Seeing her dealing with all the trauma from the first book was very interesting. I sympathized with her inner battles and feelings of self-doubt but found myself really rooting for her and Tobias' relationship through it all.
They are definitely one of my favorite power couples :) I love their devotion to each other (without being over the top) and really enjoyed seeing their loyalties being tested. I was really upset that they didn't talk to each other a lot throughout the book. I think that was the main reason for a lot of their arguments which could have been avoided. But in the end, I think they learned that valuable lesson.
You also come to learn about more of the other characters that were introduced in the first book. Some you love and some you just love to hate. You get to see more of my personal favorite, Uriah :) as well as some background info on Tobias' family secrets. There are also some shockers with characters you love to hate, like Peter.
Overall, I was very pleased that this book didn't fall short of my expectations that were raised after finishing the first book. Most of the time I find myself saying "Oh that book was ok, it's just a middle book that gets you from point a (end of book one) to point b (end of book 3) and doesn't carry anything really useful". This book, thankfully, was jam packed with twists, action and a whole lot of juicy details on all the different characters. Her character development doesn't falter and you just keep learning and loving (or hating) all your favorite characters, while meeting and loving (or hating) new ones (and sadly old ones).
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