Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent (book 3)
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? 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 meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
[Blurb taken from Goodreads]
What’s good about it? Tris and Tobias’ relationship was a delight and they were actually quite sweet together. There was a pragmatism in there as well, which I liked, as Tris acknowledges that love at first sight isn’t enough to last forever without making the choice every day to love someone. And they DON’T lie to each other! They don’t! They discuss things, they discuss their relationship and I was so pleasantly surprised when one chose not to lie to the other. Especially as I really thought that was where the plot was heading for the drama. But it didn’t! It was great!
It raises some really interesting questions of morality.
What’s bad about it? My word does it take a while to get going. For me, the opening dragged on far more than I liked and it felt like it took ages to read through the opening chapters.
It wasn’t always easy to tell the difference between whether it was Tris’ POV or Tobias’ POV in a few chapters. I kept stopping mid chapter, so when I picked back up I struggled to remember whose POV it was.
There are moments where you really, really, really have to suspend your disbelief as otherwise certain plot points really stop making sense. Handwave away science. Handwave it away. Looking at you genetics. And Memory Serum. Handwave it aaaaall away.
The verdict? I received a free copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, so I’ll be honest. I’ve got mixed feelings about this book. Really, really mixed feelings.
One the one hand, the pacing just wasn’t fast enough for me and Tris’ and Tobias’ voices just weren’t quite distinct enough. But on the other hand, the ending was a brave, interesting, heartbreaking choice and I really enjoyed how the book explored some tricky morality questions.
It’s been nearly three years since I read Insurgent and it all came flooding back to me when I started reading this. I suspect my reading tastes have changed a little as I did find the fact it’s all in present tense irritated me a little. That said there’s so much crammed into this book (to say it’s a slow start) plus there are some truly beautiful thoughts on death, forgiveness and sacrifice, which redeemed it a little for me.
Ultimately it’s an intriguing read that definitely isn’t without its flaws but is a mostly fitting end to the series… as long as you suspend some disbelief. But it doesn’t quite capture the magic of the first book and that, that is a shame.