I enjoyed this book. It was one of those “can’t put it down” books that I started in the evening and finished around 2 in the morning. The book follows the pattern of many recent youth fiction books of a futuristic world where adolescents are split into classes/factions/groups/whatever-you-want-to-call-it (a la Harry Potter, Hunger Games, the Unwanteds… to name a few). Nevertheless, it is well written and has all the right elements that keep it interesting. There is intellect, drama, action, and even romance. The heroine learns early on that she is Divergent, meaning she has characteristics from several of the factions, and not just one… and she soon learns that this is dangerous, and not ever to mention it… in fact, it may put her life in danger.
5 of 5 stars on Goodreads.
This sequel to Divergent picks up exactly where the first book left off. As I was reading it, I was unsure whether I not I liked the way some of the character development was going, but in the end, I decided that I did. I actually felt in the end that this book did a better job developing its characters than the first book did, and I liked the complexity of the characters. There are many twists and surprises — we begin to learn more background about people and about what’s motivating them. Overall, while I enjoyed the book, I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I did the first, so I gave it 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads. I anxiously await the third and final book, coming out later this year.