**spoiler alert** I think this would be self explanatory: but spoilers for Divergent and Insurgent contained within.
Tris and Tobias with a small group**spoiler alert** I think this would be self explanatory: but spoilers for Divergent and Insurgent contained within.
Tris and Tobias with a small group of others find their way to the Amity headquarters at the beginning of this book. Amity tell them they can stay as long as they follow all of their rules: No fighting, no weapons... there are a few more... but naturally Tris gets into a fight with someone and they decide to leave, but don't get the opportunity before the Erudite show up. Tris and Tobias flee back to the city, and from there the book is a topsy turvy chase scene for several hundred pages. I won't go through all the nitty gritty, but they end up at just about every part of the city running around and away from the Erudite. All in all it was a very fun read despite the fact that not much really happens.
There were a few continuity errors that I only noticed because I had to reread Divergent immediately before. The one I really still remember is that in Divergent the Abnegation symbol is described as a pair of hands palm up as though prepared to lift someone up, and in Insurgent the symbol is described as two clasped hands. I thought it odd that something so important was described completely differently.
Also: after all of the lead up in the first book, and how far they took their physical relationship in the first book... I was waiting for them to get it on in this book. But alas... no sex... which made me sad. I'm really tired of teen authors these days dancing around sex. There is a scene in the book where Tris is about to sacrifice herself by turning herself into the Erudite. She knows she's going to die, and she finally admits to herself that she loves Tobias. They make out for a bit, start to get under the shirts, and then they decide just to snuggle the night away. REALLY?!?!!? You want him, he wants you, you're sure you're going to your DEATH and you don't GET IT ON!?!?!
But I could forgive all of that because I went into this book expecting it to be a fun quick read with some romance stuck in...
UNTIL THE END!?!?!?!?!?!?
Wow... lame. Apparently Veronica Roth saw the movie "The Village" and was like: "Hey! That movie is great! I'm going to steal that idea!" For the entire book she hints to you that you're going to find out what's outside the fence, and that people in the government were in on it. At one point Marcus (Tobias' father and the leader of Abnegation) tells Tris, very Matrix style, that he can't tell her, he has to show her. So you think it's going to be something TOTALLY crazy and interesting right?! Wrong... you know what's outside the walls? The real world! I get the feeling that it's not our world, but a future world, but still. You see a video that was recorded by a woman before she willingly has her memory removed and replaced with a new one. She explains that they created this little world because people in the outer world had lost the ability to evolve so they created this place to let people evolve Divergents, and once there were enough Divergent people in this society the government was supposed to open the doors and let these people back out into the world. REALLY VERONICA ROTH!?!?! LAME!!! With all the lead up there had to be something WAY cooler than this at the end of book two... so then Tris and Tobias find out that the government just didn't want to lose their little safe world so they decided to start killing all the Divergent instead.
So that's my explanation of my epic disappointment in this book. I will read book 3... (Me and my husband have a bet that the next book will be called Convergent)... but I don't know how much I'll enjoy it after the disappointment of book 2....more