Series: Divergent #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: May 1/12 by HarperCollins
Back Cover Blurb:
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
I was blown away with the character development in this novel. We`d met many of the characters in the previous novel, but Roth continues to make them into such complex individuals. One cannot help but enjoy their company. Tough decisions are reached and loyalties are tested throughout. The interpersonal relationships between the characters are also remarkably well done. They are not necessarily easy, but they are very real.
Although the main characters in this novel are in their late teens, this story is about so much more than coming of age. The story and its characters are inviting to readers of all ages. I’d highly recommend it to those who enjoy dystopian novels. A word of warning, however. Do read the series in order or you’ll most likely be rather confused.