Full disclosure: I don’t know how to talk about this book without potentially ruining important plot points from the first book, so spoiler alert.
Furthermore: I will admit that I have read all of the Twilight books. After the first one, I hated them, but I wanted to know what happened. This experience has tainted how I look at YA series. I fully expect them to go downhill after the first installment, but not as spectacularly terrible as Twilight.
I was worried about a sophomore slump when this book started out. It seemed to me that it was going to be all battle plans and internal turmoil for Tris and her crew. However, there were plenty of other things that happened, and a mind hole blowing (for the characters) revelation at the conclusion of the book.
As the war wages on between the Erudite and (it seems) everyone else, the other factions become divided. Erudite’s quest for knowledge and control pits friends and families against each other. Even Amity, who is like Switzerland. When “the information” that the Abnegation were protecting and Tris’ parents gave their lives for keeps getting brought up, Tris can no longer ignore her curiosity or desire to reveal that information to everyone else.
Turns out the factionless are not just dirty hobos, but have organized together and want to overthrow the entire system so that everyone is factionless. So basically, it’s all kinds of chaos but culminates with this big ole revelation at the end.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t like this one as much as the first one but I think it’s because Roth is setting up for some crazy shit in the third (and supposedly final) installment. But I have noticed that I tend to enjoy reading about these dystopian societies, and I get frustrated when their worlds blow up and then they end up like us. Then it’s just regular people. I want to read about the factions and the crazy shit they do! But I guess the whole point is that people do not live as one characteristic or another and we all strive to be brave, intelligent, kind, selfless, and honest all in one person [::coughboringcough::].