The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. (synopsis from Goodreads)
Rating: 2/10 (because at least I finished it)
This series went downhill the longer it went. Honestly, the only reason I kept reading this one was because I wanted to see if the story redeems itself by the end. It ended up doing the opposite. The end of this book created such a huge editing flaw (in my opinion) that I wanted to tear my hair out. Unfortunately, I can’t go into detail about that since that would become a major spoiler.
However, I can talk about the inconsistency of the characters. Or is it consistency if they are constantly inconsistent? I should get a philosopher on that one. Anyway, throughout the whole book I kept having to stop to ponder what in the world would possess these characters to do such a thing when it doesn’t fit with their personality or anything that they have done in the past that would indicate that this action would be their logical response. Maybe not with Tris as much, but Four completely lost all appeal that he had in the first two. Suddenly he has severe confidence issues that have practically no basis, can’t make a decision by himself to save his life, and is suddenly jealous of like ever man that utters a word to Tris. What the hell? Where did this jealousy come into play? Then later, Tris also starts in on the whole, “I don’t like when girls say ‘Hi’ to you” bit that made me want to strangle her!
Secondly, this book is written in a dual first-person perspective that doesn’t add to the story in any way and just makes reading a new chapter confusing. By the middle of the book, it is impossible to tell Tris and Tobias apart since the writing and tone are exactly the same. The only thing that indicates who is talking in the name in the chapter title. There were a couple times where I read halfway into a chapter thinking it was Tris when it was actually Tobias. Even with the chapter headings! They were that similar. This first-person present tense perspective also adds to my major editing flaw at the end of the book. Not only does the ending not makes sense in general, it becomes worse because of the tense used. Did nobody see that this was an issue?
Thirdly, I couldn’t help but laugh at the very basis of why all of this stuff was going on in the first place. The actions of basically everyone involved made no sense, and I don’t actually know if anybody in this book knows how science works. Not even the scientists. It was laughable that their “plan” began to work within like two generations. Seriously? If they screwed up the genetics of these people as badly as they claim they did, it’s going to take much more than a few “genetically pure” people reproducing with “genetically damaged” people over a couple of generations in order to fix the problem. Did nobody read up on how genetics work?
The more I talk about this book, the more it frustrates me. It was clumsily written. The characters just annoyed me. And the main concept was so ludicrous that it was completely unbelievable. If you start this series, I wouldn’t really bother reading the last book. Just find a synopsis somewhere if you really want to know what happens and spare yourself the headache of trying to make sense of a book with so many plot holes it might as well just make good use of itself and just become a slice of swiss cheese. At least then we could have a snack while we read something more worth our time.