This book was quite different than the first two books in this series. For one, it switches back and forth between two point of views – that of Tris and that of Tobias. While I understand why the author did this, I feel like it could have been done a little better. The voices were too much alike and more than once I had to flip back to the beginning of the chapter to be reminded who was speaking. I felt that we lose a bit of Tobias’s depth by listening to his “point of view” that sounds an awfully lot like Tris’s.
This book also pulled them outside the bubble, so to speak, and opened up whole new cans of worms, ideals & enemies. Since it took place outside their city, it had a different feel, and some of the freedoms the characters were given in their new setting seemed a bit unbelievable.
As far as the ending that everyone seems so up in arms about (I won’t spoil it for you), I get it. It didn’t bother me that there was no happily-ever-after ending. I did like that the conflict with Tris’s brother Caleb was given some attention and resolution, though.
So, all in all, I feel like it still wasn’t as great as Divergent, and lacked the depth of characters we found in Insurgent. I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.