Reviews by vlong
Ehhh.. fair to good, but not great.
I definitely didn't like this one as much as the first two. First of all, the first two were told pretty much from Tris's point of view. This book bounced back and forth between Tris's point of view and Tobias/Four's point of view. That made it a little more difficult for me to keep track of what was happening. I had to keep flipping back and reminding myself who was speaking in various chapters.

I also wasn't real fond of the direction the story went in, but the writing was still well done in my opinion. I was still very compelled to keep reading. And the ending was far more like "real" life and not "and they lived happily ever after".

Definitely still worth the read, just not as good as the previous two.
While I enjoyed the first book better, this was a decent sequel. The pace of the story was steady. I didn't feel like there were any unnecessary scenes. I think Tris & Four both acted as typical teenagers, albeit ones that had to grow up more quickly than most do today.

The suspense level was just right for me. I'm a wuss when it comes to things that are too scary, but this kept the level just right. Enough suspense to keep me reading, but there wasn't a point where it was too overwhelming.

All in all, not as good as the first in the series but better than the third and worth the read.
Excellent book
I'd been planning on reading this book for a long time, but never got around to it until this spring. At that point, I was a little wary because I was afraid it wouldn't live up to the hype, much like "The Hunger Games" didn't live up to its hype (for me). However, I was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely loved this book. I read it through twice in a matter of just days.

I felt the characters were very realistic, not too cliched or stereotypical. I felt the action was plausible and very real. The factions were fascinating and detailed. All of it drew me in.

I think this is the best out of the series, but the other two are worth reading.
NOT my favorite
This is one of my least favorite books in this series. It started out fine, but I felt like either a) someone completely different wrote the ending or b) the editor made the author chop out a HUGE section and nothing was done to make it flow well. It just seems like the end is rushed and not as well-written as the rest of the book.
I truly believe this is one of the best books in this series. Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb is a master of prose and she outdoes herself on this one. She takes this book in a direction that very few authors would attempt to do and she does it extremely well. Some may find that direction a little disconcerting or even disturbing. While I'd have preferred that it not end the way it did, the writing itself and the crafting of the story is just phenomenal.