Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 9-10:
The transfer initiates will have to fight each other from now on in stage one.
Every day each initiate will face a new opponent but because there is an uneven number of them. One initiate will sit out per day.
Tris muses about the difference between her ‘friendship’ with Susan from Abnegation and her new friendship with Christina.
Christina explains about some of the other Candor initiates and faces something huge that tests her strength and courage.
Tris and Al support her through it and their friendship blossoms.
Tris is the butt of another cruel joke and Al is there to comfort her.
Tris faces an unfair fight match up but Al gives her an unexpected pep talk.
There is talk of visiting day and whether any transfer parents will show up or not.
Tris muses about whether her parents will come and how things could be different if she didn’t have such a big secret.
**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 9-10**
The transfers must start fighting each other. Their names are paired up to show who will fight who and it will change daily.
The first day, Tris doesn’t have to fight because there are an uneven amount of people. Tris thinks of her budding friendship with Christina and how she protects her, laughs with her and talk about everything together. She muses that her friendship with Susan in Abnegation never had a chance because they weren’t allowed to talk about themselves so they could never really get to know each other.
Christina is against Molly who she refers to as “the tank.”
This realization sparks Christina to describe the other Candor initiates.
Peter as “pure evil,” Drew as someone who has “never had an independent thought,” and Molly as someone who is, “The type of person who fries ants with a magnifying glass just to watch them flail around.” (Roth. Pg. 93.)
Their other two friends, Al and Will must fight against each other. After a few good punches, they inquire about when they will know the fight is over to which Eric replies, “It ends when one of you is unable to continue.” (Roth. Pg. 95.)
Eric and Four argue about this new rule as Four believes they should be able to concede but Eric is the leader so his word is final.
After more sparring, Al punches Will hard and knocks him out. Al waits by his side anxiously until he regains consciousness. Which is when Four escorts Will to the hospital.
Christina and Molly are up next.
Christina gets one good kick to Molly’s side but that is it.
Christina is a bloody mess and calls out that she is done which really pisses Eric off.
Eric marches all of them to the chasm and tells Christina to climb over and hang from the thin metal railing for five minutes of she is out of Dauntless.
For a while, she is doing fine but then water from the chasm soaks her and her hands slip.
Tris is struggling inwardly about whether she will help her friend even though it means that she will become factionless too.
Tris sees the pain in her friends face and Al calls out, “Come on, Christina.” (Roth. Pg 102.)
Tris decides in that moment that if Christina needs her, she will help her.
Tris calls out loudly, “Come on, one minute left.” (Roth. Pg. 103.)
When five minutes are up, Al moves to help Christina and Eric tries to stop him.
Their conversation goes as follows,
Eric: “No, she has to do it on her own.”
Al: “No, she doesn’t. She did what you said. She’s not a coward. She did what you said.” (Roth. Pg. 104.)
With Eric unresponsive, Tris and Al move in to pull Christina over the edge.
The chapter ends with, “I kneel next to her. Her eyes shift to mine, then shift to Al, and we all catch our breath together.” (Roth. Pg. 104.)
Favorite quotes from chapter nine:
When Christina is describing Peter, “Peter is pure evil. When we were kids, he would pick fights with people from other factions and then, when an adult came to break it up, he’d cry and make up some story about how the other kid started it. And of course, they believed him, because we were Candor and we couldn’t lie. Ha ha.” (Roth. Pg. 93.)
The chapter starts with a description of a dream Tris is having, “That night I dream that Christina hangs from the railing again, by her toes this time and someone shouts that only someone who is Divergent can help her. So I run forward to pull her up, but someone shoves me over the edge, and I wake up before I hit the rocks.” (Roth. Pg. 105.)
Tris showers and returns to the dorm to find that the word ‘Stiff’ has been painted across all her bed things. Peter is smiling and whistling while watching her reaction.
She is furious and yells at him but tries to calm herself.
Al comforts her while helping her remove the sheets and tells her to just ignore him and he will stop.
Al doesn’t want to hurt anyone anymore but Tris reminds him that he will have to.
Tris finds out she will be fighting Peter today. Al suggest that she just take a few hits and then pretend to be knocked out.
Tris tries to come up with a strategy but when it is time to fight, she doesn’t have a chance.
She holds her own but he gets her on the ground, despite her stubbornness, he knocks her out but not before she notices that Four has stormed out before the fight had ended.
She wakes up in the hospital surround by Will, Christina and Al. They all make a few jokes at her expense and comfort her.
When Christina and Will leave for dinner, Al pays her a compliment telling her she doesn’t look too bad and that “she always looks good.”
Al tells her that he lost his fight to Drew on purpose so he wouldn’t have to hurt him, he figures that he won’t rank last because he already won against Will.
He says, “I just can’t do it anymore. Maybe that means I’m a coward.” (Roth. Pg. 115.)
To which Tris replies, “You’re not a coward, just because you don’t want to hurt people.” (Roth. Pg. 115.)
They speak about visiting day and how transfer parents usually don’t show up.
Al comes to the realization that he doesn’t want his parents to show up on visiting day because it will only make it harder on him.
Tris thinks about her parents and she is sure that they won’t come. She wonders if it would be different if she could have told them that she was Divergent and confused.
The chapter ends with Tris sneaking out of the hospital and back to the dorm so that Peter couldn’t feel the satisfaction of putting her in there overnight.
Favorite Quote from chapter ten:
When Al explains to Tris how she looks after her fight with Peter, “‘And don’t pay attention to Christina. Your face doesn’t look that bad.’ He smiles a little. ‘I mean it looks good. It always looks good. I mean– you look brave. Dauntless.'” (Roth. Pg. 114.)
Thoughts on Chapter 9-10:
I was actually wincing while reading these two chapters, the fight scenes are so well written.
I also enjoyed seeing the strengthening of Al, Will, Christina and Tris’ friendship. They are so close already and I see the friendship going so far.
What will happen between Peter and Tris?
Why did Four leave during Tris’ fight?
Who will fight next?
What will Eric do next to torture the initiates?
These are questions that I hope are answered soon.
A review of chapters 11-12 will be released on Monday, Aug, 11th, 2014.