By Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
I knew how this one ended going in to it. I heard there was a lot of fuss and disappointment in the ending, and one can deduce that something bad happens from that. I found out for sure from a fan wiki. I was looking for trivia for a teen Divergent program at the library, and stumbled upon a major spoiler. Sigh. Being a librarian is tough!
As far as the writing style goes, I found the dual perspectives distracting. When multiple perspectives are done well, the reader can figure out who is talking just by the voice. With this book, I had to pay attention to whose chapter it was. I found myself going back and checking who was talking - Four or Tris. Both voices were the same to me.
That being said, I found the last book very interesting. I thought the different opinions about how society should be structured was great. It made me think a lot about which side I would be on. I also liked how everything I thought I understood was different. Mindblowing. I enjoyed it. I just wish I would have read it earlier. Oops.