Tris is devastated, she can barley breathe, her parents were gone and Will…what she did to Will, she couldn’t bring herself to even think about it. The serum had been influencing him, and she couldn’t bring him back. It all really happened, the Erudite using the Dauntless to attack Abnegation, a place she had once called home, the mind control, the killings, all before she and the others could put an end to the simulation and most of her home had been destroyed because of it.
Now Dauntless was split in the aftermath, the traitors who sided with the Erudite and the outcasts, who were now being hunted and killed by those they once called their faction-mates. Since stopping the attack and keeping the power-hungry Erudite from taking complete control of the city, Tris, Tobias (once known as “Four”), her brother Caleb and the few survivors of the attacks escaped with their lives and looked to Amity for safety.
While they find a temporary sanctuary within Amity, the peace-loving faction, it is brief. Amity will not take a stand in conflict, nor will they aid in standing against the Erudite and Dauntless. Because of this Tris, Tobias and the others are forced to leave Amity and the safety it provides, in order to seek out Candor and the factionless, the few that remained.
During this time they come face to face with test after test. Those they once called friends became enemies, secret alliances and truths are brought into the light and even the bond between Tris and Tobias is becoming frayed. It may no longer prove strong enough to withstand the forces that threaten to tear them apart.
As sequels usually go I enjoyed the first book in the series more than the second. What I am not saying is, however, that Roth dropped the ball, that the book was lacking and a boring read. It was far from that. Roth really kept me intrigued to the last page; I constantly wanted to know what happened next. It was a slow start, seemingly redundant in the beginning, but that never made me want to put the book down. I think the goal Roth was trying to meet was keeping the reader interested while introducing them to events that would become more involved in the third installment of the series. I think she met this goal and went even further with it by keeping Tris relatable to the reader and expanding on the main characters. Despite this book not being as thrilling and constantly exciting as the first installment of the series it was a great read and really did get me excited for book three.
I would recommend this book, like I did the first, to teens, young adults, and adults, and of course it you liked the first book you have to keep on going right?! I wish I could go online and order the next book in the series, Allegiant, right now, but alas I must wait until it is released on October 22 of this year, or be smart and pre-order it so I have it upon its release.
Rating: 4.5 Stars– Highly Recommend
Content: Violence, Mild Language, Alcohol use, some heavy make-out sessions
Source: Barnes and Noble, but you can buy it on Amazon as well.
Want another opinion? I reviewed this book last year. My review can be found HERE. ~Inspired Kathy