Books I’ve enjoyed: Insurgent

Books I’ve enjoyed: Insurgent

I read Divergent months ago. Months. And it has taken me until now to read Insurgent.

That alone should give you a taste of the ambivalence I feel about the series.


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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.[/box]

As a matter of fact, several times while I was reading Divergent, I found myself wondering [quote]”Can Tris get any more freaking dense? *@!#&^#@! Grr!”[/quote]

By the end it seemed like she’d taken the blindfold off, and she actually had a little bit of sense. But then in Insurgent I found my answer.

[quote]”Yes. Yes she can.”[/quote]

The good news is that even though Tris starts off stupider, Four starts out hotter, and he only gets hotter throughout Insurgent, and by the end, I felt like Tris had grown into herself. She became worthy of the Erudite aptitude, and she earned my respect. But seriously, when everyone is telling her that she is the only one of them with enough of a chance to think through problems, I was pretty sure their entire civilization was doomed.

And their civilization just may be. The revelations in the later part of the book are game changing to say the least. They were as shocking as the multitude of deaths. I think Veronica Roth kills people with the candor and easy of G.R.R.Martin. I don’t know yet if that’s good, or not, but it just is.

It’s hard for me to read a book that I don’t like the characters in, and I have such a hard time finding sympathy for Tris, that I’m honestly surprised how much I was sucked in to this book. I’m honestly not sure why, but I read it in one sitting.  The writing was definitely good, and the characters are consistent, flawed and they behave as we have come to expect.

In short, this is going to be one that I think most fans of Divergent will love, and even some (like myself) who were on the fence about Divergent will like it. 3.5 stars – Somewhere between I liked it and it was okay.

I’m curious: if you’ve read it, did you like it more than Divergent?