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Summary:

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 their time 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.”

Review:

I really enjoyed this sequel to one of my favorite books of all time. Up to this point, I had never actually continued on with the Divergent trilogy. But I’m sure glad I did.

I know the second and third book in this trilogy have some pretty mixed reviews. You either like Insurgent and Allegiant or you don’t. I guess it’s just a matter of taste.

There were so many things I liked about this book. I really enjoyed the first few chapters when we got to see Tris and her friends spend some time in the Candor and Amity factions. It was cool to see how they run things in those factions considering we didn’t get to see a whole ton of it in the first book. Amity was all about peace and staying away from the war. Candor was all about telling the truth. It was cool getting to see things from their perspective.

As far as the romance between Tris and Tobias went in this book, I was kind of glad that it didn’t play a major part in this book. The scenes that we did get of those two together were very well written but it was nice to see them kind of go off on their own little adventures throughout the book without one another constantly by their side.

I also liked how we got to see more of Tobias’s backstory in this book. How all of the horrible things that were going around about Marcus and how he treated his son and wife turned out to be true. And then when we got to meet Evelyn, Tobias’s mother, I was shocked. We had been lead to believe that she was dead all of this time and then it turns out to be alive, very shocking.

The actions scenes in this book were also very well written. From the invasions at the Amity and Candor complexes to Tris, her friends, and the factionless trying to stop Jeanine from destroying everything were awesome to read about and let play out in my head. Even in the movie adaptation, all of these scenes were just how I had envisioned them.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I didn’t have a whole lot of problems with it compared to some of the other reviews I have seen. I did find the plot to be a little slow at times but that’s really the only negative thing that I have to say. I can’t wait to (finally) finish up this trilogy and see what happens in the next book. Onto Allegiant!

RATING: 4/5

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