I was so excited and lucky that a friend ordered this and gave it to me even before she or her son read it as I was something like #141 on the holds list at the library. Then, to my disappointment, I had such a hard time getting into it that it was almost a week before I settled in and got into it. I recall really liking that book #2 (Insurgent) started mere moments after book #1 (Divergent) ended, but when that was the case with this final book in the trilogy, I had lost the details of the story and thus was no longer caught up in the momentum. [When I look at my review of Insurgent, I see that there was an exciting "big reveal"-I honestly didn't even remember what that was.] I recognized names and the general idea of the story but felt like I was not properly responding with surprise! excitement! shock! because I had no background. Fortunately, I was able to start piecing things together and once it was more about what was happening right then I enjoyed it more. In fact, this book employed one of my favorite dystopian plot points–venturing beyond the know city and discovering what the rest of the world is like. I loved this angle and also how it fully filled in all the questions you had throughout the first two books about how things had gotten that way in their world and what the heck was going on. And you didn’t even have to wait until the end of the book to have those questions answered. Of course, our trusty band of protagonists realize you can’t trust The Man and things aren’t so great on the outside. Cue another insurrection!
I thought this had great adventure, heartfelt emotion (Caleb and Tris, in particular) and of course I loved it that there was an epilogue. This is a trilogy that I would recommend to people to discover now as they could read all three books right in a row, which would be immensely satisfying. Still, I really liked this and thought it was a terrific and strong ending.
This is the sequel to Divergent, which I enjoyed very much. I thought this was a very worthy follow up and strong second book in a trilogy, complete with a big reveal at the end that things had been leading up to (what’s behind the fence?!) The action of this book picks up literally moments after book one ended. The divergents have been revealed, there is warring between the factions, and it’s more apparent than ever that big secrets are at the foundation of this society. Tris is especially haunted by the murder she committed, even though it was necessary, and it drives a wedge between her and the others. I really don’t remember many more specifics to give much of a summary, just that this had good action and was really solid.
This was totally awesome. A dystopian future, but with a touch of post-apocalyptic as Lake Michigan is a dried up marsh and many of the buildings of Chicago are just ruins. Clearly society and civilization degenerated a bit before being built up into what it is now. Which is a society that decides itself into factions. Each faction is based on a personality trait and those in a faction live and work together. Like many dystopian societies when one reaches a certain teenage age one must decide on the label that will dictate the rest of one’s life. Beatrice is quite torn about her choice. The choice is usually easy, but her sorting test was abnormal and she’s not sure she wants to stick with what she was raised.
Once she chooses Dauntless Beatrice begins her training and initiation. Dauntless should mean being brave, but it seems like the new leaders of Dauntless just want their members to be cruel and merciless. Also, Beatrice, having been warned to not let anyone know about her abnormal test results, suspects that something is going on. This is equal parts hazing-brutality-conspiracy-adventure-etc. I was totally caught up in it and loved it. Now if only that hold list for book #2-Insurgent-would move a little faster!!