by Veronica Roth
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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.
This book was potent, but in an exceptional way. I got to run through the gamut of emotions again, I laughed, I cried and I got the ever loving crap scared out of me time and time again. I swear Veronica Roth made my heart stop a few times! And the ending? I am shocked, and I have no clue where in the world this series is going to go from here! I love being overwhelmed in a good way – so much action, tension, old faces, and an overabundance of emotions still had me asking for more in the end. And all of these things thrown together make a highly addictive book that is impossible to put down.
Both of us watch the purification happen, and I wonder if he is thinking what I am; that it would be nice if life worked this way, stripping the dirt from our lives and sending us out into the world clean. But some dirt is destined to linger.
The book starts off exactly where Divergent ended; with Tris, Tobias, Marcus, Peter and Caleb riding the train to seek refuge and regroup at Amity. From there I can’t say much more other than Marcus dangles something in front of Tris which could force her to lose Tobias forever, Tris finds out who her true friends are and who leaves her up a creek without a paddle (I was definitely shocked on both fronts!), and we get to see inside Amity, Candor and Eurodite which only helps us become more intertwined and engrossed in Tris’ world.
He still believes that I am strong. Strong enough that I don’t need his sympathy. I used to think he was right, but now I am not sure.
Tris was so strong in the first book but now she is drowning in her sorrows. From losing her mother, father and being forced to kill Will she is PAST her breaking point. She feels so weak. It doesn’t help that she doesn’t tell Tobias that she killed Will. That secret is slowly tearing them apart from one another and it has become a poison in her system that is slowly eating her away. While their whole world is crumbling around them I was broken hearted to see that instead of finding strength in one another they started to crumble also. But in those times of desperation I kept hoping that eventually she would shove the weak Tris down into the ground and stand up and be the selfless, brave, smart girl we all fell in love with in Divergent.
“Nothing else is all right.” His whisper tickles my cheek. “But we are.”
Tobias isn’t this mysterious man anymore. We know his faults, weakness and we come to learn the full extent of what love means to Tobias. His love for Tris is absolutely beautiful. And one of the hardest things to watch was what Tobias WOULD do and WOULDN’T do out of love for Tris. Both are heart-wrenching and cry inducing but in the end you love Tobias more for it. Even though this book was so heavy for me I loved that in the beginning we get to see a completely different side of Tobias. He banters a lot with Tris and oh my goodness that was smile inducing. They are hilarious and I’m thankful the book started off on such a light foot. There is a scene where Tris is a little “out of it” and the conversation she has with Tobias is most definitely giggle worthy.View Spoiler » “That’s why you like me!’ I exclaim. “Because you’re not very nice either! It makes so much more sense now.” “Come on,” he says, “We’re going to see Johanna.” “I like you, too.” “That’s encouraging,” he replies flatly. « Hide Spoiler
I can’t tell him I need him. I can’t need him, period – or really, we can’t need each other, because who knows how long either of us will last in this war.
The only fault I can find in Veronica Roth’s books is that she has this unnerving knack for being able to kill anyone off. It is disturbing and absolutely frightening because none of your favorites are safe. I understand that their world isn’t safe, well unless you go hang out with the ever so cheerful Amity but what would be the fun in that? Anyways, that is my only gripe and I am absolutely terrified of who will be on her radar to kill in the third book!
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