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In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
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.
I went into a mini-panic when I saw May’s book choice. Because, well, I hadn’t read Divergent yet. It was on my TBR-list, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. So that was my first order of business. It sucked me in and I was caught up by (and alternatively terrified of) the Dauntless. Immediately upon closing the first book, I opened the second.
What I liked:
It would have felt out of place to get nitty-gritty details about the other factions in the first book, but I was curious, so I was glad to see more descriptions of them in the second.
Tris is strong without being physically forceful. The Abnegation, Dauntless and Erudite all had a party and became this sometimes selfless, often brave, very stubborn, over-thinking girl.
There are some great, little descriptive details, like on page 326, when Tris is talking to Jeanine Matthews and observes this: “How refreshing.” She has a way of flattening even those phrases that should have inflection built into them.
The fact that the reader is as uncertain as Tris at some points about who to trust. Um, Peter, anyone?
The cover! Both books – I really liked the art.
What gave me pause:
All through the second book, I kept wondering HOW this society had developed – a plague, a war, etc, etc…where is the rest of the world?
It sorta bugged me.
BUT! The end of Insurgent – WHOA! I have a feeling all my questions will be answered and it will be awesome!
Tris and Four. I found their back-and-forth distracting at some points. I kept forgetting what they were arguing about – Tris would randomly fly off the handle, Four would get moody (or all dadish lectury) and they wouldn’t speak for days. I get that at the core of things they are hormonal teenagers, but I wish someone would have slapped them both and told them to get a grip because there’s a lot of crazy shizz going on out there.
But Four with his brooding and tattoos? Yeah, I would have been all about that when I was sixteen.
After I finished the books, I decided to take the Divergent Factions Quiz, which rocked since it was like the test from the book (but, you know, without all the scary parts).
I knew going in I would not be Abnegation. No one would ever accuse me of being selfless. And I’m too high-strung for Amity or Dauntless. Candor, maybe? I can be brutally honest at times. Erudite…most likely. I do like learning.
So what did I get?
The girl who is afraid of boats and airplanes and who gets motion sickness from 3-D movies got the brave. Maybe it’s because they stand up for what is right and sort-of buck the system? That I’m okay with. But I will never in a million years jump on or off a train.
What about you all? Thoughts on the books? Factions? Would we be leaping off of buildings together?