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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

May 24th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: May 1, 2012

Publisher HarperTeen

Series: Book #2 in the Divergent trilogy

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

I loved Divergent and couldn’t wait for Insurgent to come out until the whole Twitter debacle.  I swear I was so sick and tired of hearing about the whole #divergentNation giveaway that it really turned me off on reading Insurgent.  Instead of pre-ordering it like I had planned I put off reading it until one of my book clubs chose it as the book for next month.  To be honest that was the only reason I read it as soon as I did.  Otherwise I would have waited until the idea of the constant bombardment of the Twitter party died down in my head BUT I digress.  I did read it and I was surprised that I enjoyed it more than I expected considering my mindset going in.  Still there were a lot of things that bothered me and made it not live up to Divergent in my mind.

First off was Four’s character.  He was so solid and like a rock in Divergent but I actually found myself getting quite irritated with him in Insurgent and to be honest I couldn’t always tell when Roth meant him to be that irritating.  His pissy mood whenever Tris was hiding something from him totally turned me off.  Yes, she was wrong in not telling him several things BUT he also neglected to mention some key pieces of information that made it like the pot calling the kettle black.  His excuses for why his omissions were different than Tris’s reasons were weak and I felt she had better reasons for not telling him everything.  Then there is the whole deal with his going from distrust of his mother to a sudden 180 and accusing Tris of overreacting especially when he specifically tells her he wants Tris’s read on his mother’s actions and words.  I get that he probably still loves his mother despite her abandoning him but I don’t understand why the sudden change of heart.

The other thing that bothered me was how after Four admits that Dauntless wasn’t really who he would choose to be he totally disses the faction.  Yes, Tris’s actions prove self-destructive at times and she can be impulsive and yes some of the Dauntless practices are horrible but they weren’t all bad.  Plus not all the faction members were bad so it bothered me how he could so easily write off the faction with disdain.

The last thing that just confused me and I should probably go back and re-read it since it doesn’t seem like others have had the same problem is the ending.  Stop here if you don’t want any spoilers.

Really. I mean it. Spoilers are coming.

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Was the ending for real?  I couldn’t tell if Peter really did end up helping Tris and Four in the end or if that was all part of another simulation.  I found it hard to believe that a member of Erudite would try to  kill Tris before figuring out what made her so different even if she was getting frustrated.  Plus at the end Peter mentions something about the next simulation beginning in four minutes (or something like that) and it coincides with when Tris escapes.  In my book club no one else mentioned thinking this was just another simulation so is it just me?

In the end, I enjoyed Insurgent but didn’t love it the way I did Divergent.  Still I cannot wait for the conclusion to the series!

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I also saw that there was a new cover of Divergent and a different cover of Insurgent for the UK versions.  What do you think?  I still prefer the original US covers.

New Divergent & Insurgent UK Covers

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Kailana

    One of these days I will try this series, but there is just so much hype I am sort of avoiding it…

  2. Shosh

    I love your review of the book. Now it makes me curious to read it just to see if I get the same reaction as you.

  3. Patricia (Two Chicks on Books)

    I loved Insurgent and thought that it was so much better than Divergent. I hope that book 3 tops both of them off.

    I will admit however, that Four pissed me off in parts but so did Tris. I think it was just they’re nature to be stubborn and so of course it lead to some issues.

    Great review. I always like to see people’s varying opinions and the reason for them.

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