Divergent Recap – Chapter 22

In which Tris finds herself in Four’s room and nothing happens…

Tris finds herself in a room with the words “Fear God Alone” painted on a wall. So, I guess Four is religious too.

I see a blue patchwork quilt under my head.

LOL. How did this get past editing? Tris is in a lot of pain and sees Four in the bathroom cleaning his bloody knuckles. He’s placid. It seems this is his usual state. He takes a pack of ice from the refrigerator — what? He has a fridge in his room? Why? It’s not like he’s going to store food in it because he goes to the dining halls to eat. And a fridge needs power to work.

He puts the ice pack under her head, she touches his mouth. We learn that he was coming from the control room when he heard a scream. He beat Drew to a pulp or something (“He’ll live. In what condition, I can’t say.”) Of course, Tris feels triumphant because Drew is in the infirmary. Because she’s still very angry, she starts crying.

I see no sympathy in his eyes. I would have been disappointed if I had.

He’s a sociopath too and you dig that, Tris. But then, he caresses her cheek and says he could report this.  That seems like a sympathetic thing to do if you ask me. Since when do they have reporting mechanisms though? Shouldn’t Peter be punished for stabbing Edward then?

She wants to sit up, and Four helps her, because she likes pain or something. Four suggests that she relies on her transfer friends to protect her.

“He [Al] wanted you to be the small, quiet girl from Abnegation,” Four says softly. “He hurt you because your strength made him feel weak. No other reason.”

Are we talking about the same Al who lost battles on purpose because he didn’t want to hurt the other initiates? There is another reason: Roth got bored with Al’s character and wanted to write it out.

Four tells Tris to show some vulnerability even if she has to pretend and he explains what should she do at breakfast the next day. Those are some shitty friends if they are friendly only when you’re vulnerable, Tris. She tells him that they touched her, but then she backpedals for an unknown reason. I guess being sexual assaulted isn’t really that important to her.

Then, he tells her that it’s more important for her to be safe than right, but she should ruin them when she has the chance.

I laugh shakily. “You’re a little scary, Four.”
“Do me a favor,” he says, “and don’t call me that.”
“What should I call you, then?”
“Nothing.” He takes his hand from my face. “Yet.”

Tobias. This book really doesn’t like subtlety. This was a very short chapter, so I might do another one today.

Divergent Recap – Chapter 3

In which we find out that Beatrice is special. Bonus: what happens to non believers?

Beatrice wakes up from the test and we are subjected to her nervousness. She believes that she has done poorly in the test and Tori’s “perplexed” attitude doesn’t help of course. This character is rather whiny. I admit: the test was weird, but there was nothing she did that would suggest she failed. But the author needed a way to explain what are the factionless.  Continue reading

Divergent Recap – Chapter 2

In which we find out what’s the infamous aptitude test…

This chapter starts with the girl in the lunchroom. On one hand, I’m glad I didn’t have to read an entire lesson. On the other hand, I’m sad that I am stuck with Beatrice’s tidbits of information. Yes, this is the chapter where we find out her name. I don’t really get why they have to sit through classes until lunch and then have the test. Why the torture? Continue reading