I'm not surprised I didn't like this book very much. I really only read it because I hate leaving series unfinished, and it's a quick and easy read. A...moreI'm not surprised I didn't like this book very much. I really only read it because I hate leaving series unfinished, and it's a quick and easy read. All the problems I had with the first one are still here, with the addition of Tris being more annoying and having a death wish. Will I read the third one? If it was out today, I probably would. Since it's not coming out for awhile, I don't know if I'll care at all by the time it comes out. There is a possibility that the ending could be good, but I don't have high hopes.(less)
I don't even know where to begin about this book. In some ways, it drove me crazy. The "dystopian" society didn't make much sense. The world is divide...moreI don't even know where to begin about this book. In some ways, it drove me crazy. The "dystopian" society didn't make much sense. The world is divided into factions that are based on one quality, and once you pick your faction, that is the only quality you're allowed to have. Abnegation is selfless. Candor is honest. Amity is... friendly? Erudite is knowledge. And Dauntless is brave. And that is about all we learn about the world. Why is it this way? What happened to make them think that these qualities were worthwhile? No idea. Probably some kind of war? It takes place in Chicago, and Lake Michigan is now a marsh, but it's never explained why. And is Chicago all that's left? Are there other communities out there? Do they have factions as well? Is this small group of what seems to be a few thousand people all that's left? No clue.
And the factions themselves don't make much sense. The Dauntless definition of bravery is basically "let's see how many ways we can be reckless and maybe kill each other before lunch." They had 16 year olds fighting each other without any rules or training or regard for weight class. They basically paired them off and said "now beat the crap out of each other." They don't have any railings on their walkways that are suspended above a pit. At one point, some random drunk guy falls off and breaks his leg. How is that showing bravery?
These are just the questions I'm coming up with off the top of my head. If I wanted to sit here and keep going, I could.
But once I got past the first 25% or so, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. So even though I thought the world building (which is one of the most important parts of a dystopian novel) was weak, the plot was enough to keep me engaged. So 3 stars? I'd do 3.5 if I could.(less)
I really enjoy this world and these characters, and this was another highly entertaining chapter in the story of Raine Benares. If you liked the previ...moreI really enjoy this world and these characters, and this was another highly entertaining chapter in the story of Raine Benares. If you liked the previous books in this series, you should like this one as well. The love triangle is nicely resolved, and it feels like the series is moving towards something big. I wouldn't recommend jumping into the series at this point, but it's worth it to start at the beginning.
My only gripe about this book was that Raine didn't seem to know how much time had passed since the events in the last book. Three weeks? Two weeks? Several weeks? She kept using different figures, and it would pull me out of the story. It might be that the Saghred has caused brain damage that won't let her keep good track of time, but it's more likely that the book could have used a bit more editing. That said, I really did like this book, and I'm looking forward to the next one!(less)