Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Genre: YA, Dystopian
In Six Words: I am SO CONFLICTED about Insurgent.
3. Untitled (Sept. 26, 2013)
Why I Started Reading This Series
I started reading Divergent originally because EVERYONE told me to read it, and of course I read everything I’m told to read. Right? Right. Divergent was probably one of favorite books from 2011, and I was really looking forward to starting Insurgent. But… I don’t know that Insurgent lived up to whatever expectations I had after reading Divergent. I think perhaps Insurgent just hit too many “this is what I dislike about YA” notes with me. I am still looking forward to the third book, though. Even if its release date is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay in the future.
One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
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.
Thoughts on Book 2
I am so conflicted about this book that it took me ages to semi-decide on a rating. There were a lot of aspects that I liked in Insurgent, but there were also a lot of aspects that I disliked. Rather than doing a traditional review, I think I’m simply going to break it down into a list of likes and dislikes, as well as what I was so conflicted about. I promise to do my BEST to speak in the vaguest of terms to avoid spoilers. I assume the comments section will abound with them, though, so watch for that.
- Tris, throughout approximately half of the book. *shakes Tris* I hate the “I’m so alone, I can’t tell ANYONE ANYTHING” angst.
- THE CLIFFHANGER. I honestly had to reread the last few pages because I was all like, “WHA….???”
- Insurgent didn’t grab me and pull me in the way Divergent did. If I hadn’t been reading with Kristilyn, I think I would have put it off more.
- Feeling as though I had no idea what we real and what was not.
- It was often difficult to keep up with ALL THE CHARACTERS.
- Feeling as though I had no idea what we real and what was not. (Yes, this is both a like and dislike.)
- Tris, for the other half of the book, where she finally “got it” and was being the strong, determined Tris I wanted.
- THE KISSING, and how the “to do more than kissing or not” aspect was dealt with.
- Getting MOAR INFORMATION at the end.
- Despite what I didn’t like, I still read this in a single day. The book did recover itself.
- The ending. Despite my dislike of the cliffhanger, I really feel like the ending saved the book for me.
- Tris and Four’s relationship.
- The number of deaths.
- What Divergent and divergence really mean for the world.