So this was the follow-up to Divergent, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was a little worried, as you would be when the first in a series is so good, that the second installment wouldn’t quite live up to the first but this pretty much was just as good as its predecessor. There were a few differences, mainly I thought it was a lot darker as it focused more on the world outside the Dauntless faction and the inevitable war beginning between different factions. The first was like a build up to get you inducted into this new dystopian world and the second tells us how even in what is supposed to be a post-apocalyptic world humans can make the same mistakes all over again.
I loved learning more about all the different factions and I’m glad that we got to see more of Candor and Amity, two of the more peaceful factions, and that it didn’t focus solely on Dauntless and Erudite. Actually the parts with the truth serum in Candor headquarters were one of my favourite parts of the book. Although saying that, there are actually numerous parts of this book that I could nominate for being my favourite which is always a good sign of how a book has made me feel.
The main characters of Tris and Tobias evolve a lot in this book and sometimes not for the better. I feel like we see a side to Tobias that I didn’t particularly like. He was a little stubborn and ignorant at times, not giving Tris a chance to explain her actions and even when he did she rarely had the power to change his mind. Tris also was a little annoying in some parts, I know she shot her friend and her parents just died and her brother has turned traitor but still…. lighten up a little woman.
Maybe I’m being too harsh…
However for all their flaws the characters are still extremely likeable and you can’t help but root for them even when they do things that aren’t necessarily the right thing to do. Also was glad to see Christina make a reappearance towards the end of the book as I liked her in the first and didn’t want her to turn mean and horrible just because Tris killed Will. (Simulation Will, just to be clear)
I have to say I’m excited for the next book. I can’t wait to see what the author will come up with as it can’t be easy, writing two awesome books and having to keep getting awesomer. (I know it’s not a word, I don’t care.)
- Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1) (arlasworld.wordpress.com)
- Veronica Roth – Insurgent (fyreflybooks.wordpress.com)
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth (teensreadinplano.wordpress.com)