(cover from Goodreads)
It’s hard to review without giving anything away, but I’ll try. My page numbers are based on the e-book.
I found the beginning fairly interesting, with everyone discovering the “new place.” (Geez, how vague am I being right now?). There were some beautiful, understated lines about how scary it was to leave:
The train hisses over the rails, a tear drops down Tris’s cheek, and the city disappears into the darkness. (62)
And this line which turned out to be pretty important to the story overall:
Take a person’s memories, and you change who they are. (70)
The middle dragged a bit for me. I understood why it was necessary to show the disparity between the GP and GD, but after awhile it felt like I was being hit over the head with it. And, yeah, I admit, I was confused over all the serum talk.
However, I did like the family aspects – Tris learning more about her mom and the interactions between Tris and Caleb. There was so much there for bro/sis to work through.
MINOR SPOILER with this quote:
A few of them [knuckles] are split from punching Caleb, and dotted with faint bruises. It seems fitting that the blow would leave a mark on both of us. That’s how the world works. (176)
Then there was the end. Firstly, let me say about Peter: wow, didn’t see that coming.
But I did see the other thing coming, even though I didn’t want to believe it would actually happen.
I made a note at Chapter 41 that said “THIS.”
From there on, I couldn’t stop reading.
I noted “THIS” again for Chapter 47. Tris + Caleb = me getting teary. And it wasn’t that I disliked Tris before, I just found her sorta irritating and self-righteous at times. This chapter made me look at her in a whole new light.
I’m in the camp of liking the ending, although I know a lot of people didn’t.
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