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.
While Insurgent was interesting I wasn’t as enthralled with this book as I was with Divergent. I felt like almost everything that was built up and solidified in Divergent was subsequently and promptly torn down and eliminated in this installment.
Tris’ grief was completely and totally exhausting in this book. I understand the agony she felt upon losing her parents. That is a kind of grief that can often manifest itself in actual physical pain and it’s something you never ever get over. And I understand the wretchedness she felt on having to kill one of her friends, but as someone who is supposed to be Divergent, she really let her grief debilitate and paralyze her when she really needed to be on her game. It influenced her to make some really rash and stupid decisions, and she just became someone who I couldn’t recognize any longer.
Also, I couldn’t understand how Tris and Tobias could have such an intense and shared experience in Divergent, and then completely lose trust and faith in each other in Insurgent. There seemed to be no real cause for the mistrust and dishonesty between the two, and a lot of their problems could have been avoided or even eliminated if they had just set aside their egos and talked to and been honest with one another.
Tris was impulsive and silly and really morphed into someone I didn’t like. Tobias seemed to change for the worse too. He was quite bratty and impetuous, and frankly I found myself disappointed in both of them.
The ending was interesting. I’m curious to see how Allegiant ties everything up. But this installment could have been better.
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