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11735983Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

Following the events of the previous novel, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love.  (goodreads.com)

This book . . . it was just dumb.  Granted it was easier getting into than DIVERGENT, which took me more than 400 pages to start enjoying, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that it’s an ill-conceived, ill-executed plot in a world that doesn’t make sense with a protagonist who makes stupid decisions and a relationship that’s about as healthy as a 30 day McDonald’s diet.

Tris is still her good ol’ plank of wood self who feels nothing although she says she cries sometimes because of reasons like Will but you could have fooled me with how bland everything was told.  She has all the personality of a sheet of paper and she does nothing but lie to people.  To the point where it should develop into her first reaction at this point because she lies more than she tells the truth.  She’s subconsciously, and then consciously, suicidal, or at least doesn’t care about living and if she dies she dies, so she makes really stupid decisions that don’t only put herself in danger but others too because, even after doing that multiple times she doesn’t have the foresight to realize that she isn’t alone in this fight and then boo-freaking-hoos when people get hurt because she didn’t mean THEM  to get hurt even though DUH.

Her and Four’s relationship is just awful.  They pick fights with each other for the sake of tension and it just got old.  From one chapter to the next they were fighting and tentatively making up and then fighting again and then grudgingly working together and then fight and then make-up make-out and on and on.  My god, it got old.  Just make a damn decision already and be done with it.  They didn’t respect each other, didn’t respect themselves, and both made stupid decisions that pissed the other off and continued doing that throughout the entire book.  Bleh.

The plot itself?  I’m pretty sure this book was written by a stereotypical fourteen-year-old who doesn’t understand the world outside of those same stereotypes.  The book is so full of stock action and stock plotting and stock villains and it falls so short on anything original and exciting and unique that you know what’s coming before it even gets there.  And the fact that Erudite wore glasses for the sake of wearing glasses because they believed it made them look smarter.  Are you kidding me?  Then they’re obviously not as smart as they believe themselves to be.

And the ending . . . completely nonsensical.  To the point where I looked like a confused beagle with my head cocked to the side going wha . . .?  SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t read this far and I really don’t know why I’m even affording this because the book’s been out for years at this point.  Tris’s aunt helped start this whole M Night Shyamalan The Village social experiment as a way of protecting people from themselves and working out the kinks in man so he could be better to his fellow man.  Fantastic.  Except Edith is Tris’s father’s aunt in this fake name world.  That’s all super secret and it came about from a war a hundred years ago or whatever.  Well, Tris is second generation, meaning her father was first generation, meaning his parents came from outside the wall.  Unless people tend to die really young in this world there should be a whole generation of people that know exactly WTF is going on and it shouldn’t be a huge secret because TOO MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT.  So I fail to see how any of this can even be a surprise when roughly a third of the population should know about the beginning of this Divergent world thing.  There are some gaps going on because a generation is only 25 years, not fifty, and you can have multiple generations exist within a single generation so someone didn’t string some lights up properly here.  You have half a string that’s out and the rest are blinking and who mixed the soft lights in with the LEDs THEY DON’T MATCH???  END SPOILER ALERT  If none of that made sense that’s because it doesn’t actually make sense in the book.

This book is just a mess.  Plus Eric dies.  He’s the only one who kept me going in this series because of Jai Courtney.

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Yeah.  Everything about him is good.  He got me to “like” the movie version of DIVERGENT (and by like I mean tolerate because I got to stare at him) and because I wanted to see him in INSURGENT I decided to read the book because it’s only right.  Well, now that I know he won’t be in the last one my train stops here.  I see no reason to keep going.  I already know how the series ends, at least with Tris, and it hurts my brain to even read these books so I see no reason to continue to suffer so if this man is not going to be my reward.

DEAL BROKEN.

Of all the dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels that are out there this is what hit the wave?  It makes me sad.  It’s not even good in a bad sort of way.  It’s just nonsensical with crappy characters, a thin plot, a poorly-developed world and really nothing redeeming at all except that it took me no time at all to read it because it’s a two inch margin all around with a 24-point font.  And, of course, Jai Courtney in the movie version.  Other than that?  Bleh.

1.5

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