|Oh, Tris [Goodreads]|
And so when it finally came out, I was so excited (but too busy) to actually just read it all the way through. Thank goodness for the weekends when I get to do some decent reading. If it weren't for naps, I would have finished this in a sitting.
I have to admit, I sort of forgot what happened in the first book so it took me quite a bit to remember and get back in the groove but I'm glad I stuck with it, because hello, book two. You were awesome.
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.Let's start with things I loved. I loved that there was so much Tris and Tobias. Though I don't quite remember what the details of their love was anymore, I found myself reading back on book 1 just so I could reminisce the awesome. And now, they weren't shy about it. Of course, there was still some restraint but at least they were really sweet when they were alone.
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. [Amazon]
Of course, there's the trust issue and them having different beliefs so I'm sure this is going to be brought up again in the third book, but I liked that they were able to work beyond that for a bit and work around it quickly without dwelling on it. It was nice to see them deal with things as a couple which other books never do. I'm glad they didn't break them up right away.
It was also pretty adventure packed. Tris and Tobias were literally walking into danger every other scene and I was really just exhausted for them, hoping they could chill in the safe house. But of course, they're at war and I couldn't have expected happiness all throughout.
I liked how we never really knew what the deal was with Marcus and Tobias's mom and how Tobias's relationships with them were very different but also very delicate. I couldn't blame Tobias for acting the way he did with either of his parents and I liked that he tried to be as honest as he could with Tris about everything.
Meanwhile, Tris is also burdened with having to deal with Caleb and his loyalties and Peter and what she had to do to Will and dealing with the aftermath with Will's family. I liked that they dealt with all of that. It's rare that we get to see all of this fallout because of a character's actions.
I'm still a little freaked out about the Erudite plans and how they do things. I get how they operate and their MI but it's a little scary how far they'll go. I'm glad we got to see Peter 'pay his debt' and Caleb get all confused about things. The torture/experiments they put Tris through freaked me out so I'm glad she made it out alive.
Then there's Amity and their agreeing on everything and though it seems fun to be there, I'm also glad they were able to get out of there. It would be nice to have everyone agree all the time but I just couldn't see things moving forward this way.
I'm a little sad for the Abnegation folks, so I'm glad the Factionless camps exist if only to take them in. I can't believe this quasi-peaceful people are now going to get an upheaval again. I get that all this needs to go down for peace to be had for all, but I'm just tired thinking of all of this chaos that's about to happen.
And of course, there's that little bomb they dropped on us at the last minute that's sure to have the entire third book turned upside down. I can't wait to see how they play that one out and what the verdict is on Tris and Tobias. Because I know there's still lots of space and time to mess things up, so let's all cross our fingers.
All in all, pretty awesome, yes? I'm really excited to see where it's going and how we're going to wrap this up. One more year till the next one. Let's all be excited together.
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