Published by Harper Collins on May 1st 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, Print
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’m finally working my way through the rest of this series so I can return them to my friend. I’ve been hoarding them for way too long. I enjoyed this book more than the first, but I think that’s just because it’s over the stage of setting up the world-building and characters. This book just gets right to the action. It picks up right after the simulation that closes out Divergent, and the whole book is basically the aftermath of that. Though now that I’m trying to review this book, I think my rating should be lowered. I read this book pretty quickly because I was enjoying it, but now I don’t really remember much of what happens, and I’ll probably have to look up a summary to be able to really talk about what happened. I’m going to post the rest of this review under a spoiler link, just because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. So, if you want spoilers, keep on reading!View Spoiler »I really was not expecting the plot to go where it did. The Dauntless and surviving Abnegation end up at the Amity compound seeking refuge after the attack simulation, which was led by Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews. Of course, that only lasts for a short period of time. They then end up with the factionless, and to Tris’ surprise, the factionless ended up coming together as a group. Tris then ends up in the Candor compound and is forced to relive all of the terrible things that happened during the simulation. There is a lot of mystery in this book, and I think that’s why it was so intriguing. You feel as tense as Tris does with the lack of information and the pacing of the reveal of information was done perfectly to keep the interest of the reader.
Eventually, Tris finds out that the Abnegation has been hiding information, which Jeanine didn’t want going public. I was really intrigued throughout the whole book; the pacing was steady, I never felt bored. I wanted to keep reading in order to find out what was happening. In general, it was really intense and there was a lot of action and suspense. Then, of course, it ended on a cliffhanger in anticipation of the third book. Tris eventually finds it, and it states that everyone was placed in the city for a mysterious reason, and the Divergent are supposed to go beyond the fence of the city to help those out there. « Hide Spoiler
I felt like the characters definitely had a lot of development throughout the book, given what they all went through. We saw Tris and Tobias’ vulnerable sides, which was a nice change. The characterization was consistent with the first installment in the series. Overall, I thought that this was a strong continuation of the first book, despite it not being all that memorable. If you enjoyed the first book, I would definitely recommend continuing on with the series. I realize this isn’t a very in-depth review, but I may write a post about the series as a whole once I’ve finished reading Allegiant. If you’d like to, feel free to purchase this book (and maybe the rest of the series) using my Book Depository affiliate link here.