It was worse than Divergent. I wasn't real impressed with the first book in the series but I muddled through it and decided to find out what happened next. I'm sorry I wasted my credit.
The story itself has great potential. The characters, however, are self-absorbed, petty, and uninteresting. I stopped listening and just asked one of my friends to give me a synopsis of the overall story.
I felt irritated with the characters as well as the narrator.
I enjoyed listening to the narrator, and she does a good job with the pace as well as distinguishing between characters and scenes.
Trish needs to be less "woe is me". It is the main theme of the book, but or thus, it is too excessive.
Haven't finished it yet. Don't think I have a favorite scene though.
I hope they make the movie but with less of Trish's self-loathing. Same actors as the first.
The fact that this book was written by a very young woman author is obvious from page one. The main character is chronically worrying over trivial relationship dilemmas of her own making and you have the dubious privilege of listening to hundreds of pages of her mental struggle to find inner peace. Unfortunately, it is a loosing battle as she decides repeatedly that the best way to win love and friendship is through deception, when there exists no reason to lie about past actions and future plans that are obviously justified.
As for the plot, it is juvenile in that the world described is creative, but overly simplistic. This carries over into character development or the lack thereof. All characters are one dimensional, with few exceptions you always know how a particular character will act. As more of their past comes to light, they do not gain additional depth, rather their current character profile is just reinforced.
The book starts very slow, but does have some action near the end. More action with less internal diatribe would have been welcome. Though I would love if books and Hollywood would cease to insist that a fit 100 pound girl could successfully take on a fit 200 pound guy with equal combat training. It seems that our overly politically correct society has decided that admitting that large men are more physically capable than petite woman is taboo.
highly recommended to friends and acquaintances alike purely for the fact that it is a staple in the diet for teens but that being said it is not lacking worth.
without leaving any spoilers I would say the ending mainly because unlike the first book in the series (divergent) this sequel has an cliff hanger that leaves you intrigued.
I would have to say Uriah.
when a certain character whom thought they had a death wish faces their fears and realizes they don't want to die. it was a pivotal turning point and leaves me hoping for even more character development in an already dynamic, multi-faceted character.
Different type of world and writing then the first, much darker. Plain and simple not good as first.
Books 2 and 3 feel like they were thought up after the fact. Maybe authors are forced to sign three book deals since movie trilogies are so popular. The first book was pretty solid, but 2 and 3 have a lot of oddities and plot holes. Books 2 and 3 make the same mistake that The Hunger Games sequels make, the main character becomes a douche and constantly makes all the wrong decisions and screws over everyone close to her over and over again. This aspect of the story is frustrating, the character is constantly being taught a lesson, but refuses to learn. The story in 2 and 3 is just less interesting in general, so don't expect too much.
The most interesting thing is the wonder about what is outside the fence. The least interesting is how bad the main characters behavior is.
I'm not sure, but she was good in these books. The audio quality seemed to be good.
Yes, and it has one, or well two.
Books 2 and 3 are kinda blah compared to the first book, but they are worth listening to anyways.
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
I have mixed feelings about this sequel, but it was fun to see the worlds of the other factions, as well as the progression and fall-out that continues from the first book. I recommend it if you loved Divergent.
Divergent is one of my favorite Dystopian series. The characters are well developed and come to life on the pages. The struggles seem real and include personal struggles as well at against outside forces.
I really enjoy watching the relationship between Tris and Four.
Emma Galvin has a young teenage sounding voice so she fits well with the Tris character.
I really enjoyed Divergent, and in many ways enjoyed this one just as much. Lots of action and combat and drama, and an ending that was somewhat of a surprise and was pretty good. The only thing I didn't like about it is that for me, the character Tris is getting increasingly more difficult to identify with. She keeps lying to and betraying her friends over and over again. That's tough for a main character to do that.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I enjoyed the second installment. I was taken by the plot twists and Roth is a bit raw with this one. Well written again and a deeper storyline. Not as enjoyable as Divergent but a must to see what happens. I am concerned about the progress of the series. I am into book 3 and not very happy and I see 4 is available for pre-sale. I hope 3 picks up because the series has potential.