Published May 1, 2012
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This is the sequel to Divergent
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.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.
The book starts right were Divergent leaves off, so if haven’t read Divergent for a while, my advise would be to reread it. Unlike some other books which do a brief recap, this one hits the ground running. There are numerous references to events in Divergent, and if you haven’t read that one in several months, you might not remember the minor moments referenced.
I’ve had a hard time reviewing this book. As always Veronica Roth knows how to tell a good story, unfortunately, Insurgent is no Divergent. So lets delve into some of the issues I had with the book shall we?
Tris – Basically all of the issues I had with this book stem from Tris. In Divergent she’s a strong, kick-ass heroine. In Insurgent, she’s a PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) mess. As much as I’ve been fighting people who try to tell me that this series is just like Hunger Games, this book seriously reminded me of Mockingjay, in which Katniss spent the whole book wandering around mentally destroyed. I fully understand that a ton has happened to Tris. Trauma like that you can’t just walk away from unscathed. But seriously, the war is still on. There are dangers around every corner. There are people relying on you. You need to pull yourself together. For someone who’s supposed to have an aptitude for Abnegation she was pretty freaking selfish.
Tris’s relationship with Four – What happened to the Four I fell in love with? This one was secretive and distant. Of course part of it was again Tris’s mentally handicapped/ready to die fault, but again, this guy needs to step it up. He’s not perfect, I know no one is, but all they did was push at each other. In the process I kind of disconnected with both characters.
The ending – Everyone is talking about the cliffhanger as if it’s this huge reveal. I thought plenty of clues were given during the book so it shouldn’t have been that much of a shock. Though it was a good set up for book 3, which yes, I will definitely be reading. The ending reminded me of another very popular series (which I won’t reveal since it will most likely be a spoiler) but basically, its not that original, and you can definitely see it coming.
Despite my above criticism, I did really enjoy the book. It was full of twists and turns, and despite my reservations, I couldn’t put it down. I am definitely looking forward to the next one, but I will most likely reread the first two before reading the third (I learn from my mistakes).
I gave this book 3.5 good night kisses, but I’m rounding up because I still love Four ♥