Thursday, 13 September 2012

Insurgent (Divergent book #2) by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2) Title: Insurgent
                                                      Author: Veronica Roth
                                                      Pages: 525
                                                      Published: May 2012, HarperTeen
                                                      Series: Divergent book 2
                                                      Genre: Young Adult, dystopian
                                                      Stars: 4/5

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.


After the shocking and devastating events in the conclusion of ‘Divergent’ (see review here), ‘Insurgent’ opens up with Tris coping with the aftermath, her parents dying and her actions in the battle, whereby she was forced to kill her friend, Will was under the mind-control serum.

In all honesty, I was a little bit disappointed after finishing this book and it has mostly to do with the plot (which I will delve in deeper towards the end of the review).

Whilst I admired Tris in the first book, I did not like her in this book. I found her to be a really annoying moody girl.  I mean come on, she has a bad temper in nearly ALL the chapters and pulls on a sulky face All. The. Time! I understand that she is devastated, hurt and confused about the past events, but that doesn’t mean she has to strop around like a 5 year old. She lunges into situations without thinking and although that it one of the many traits of Tris Prior, it did get very old very quickly.

However, I found myself liking Tobias (or Four as his name was in the first book). I liked the vulnerable side we got to see, especially his relationship with his father, which was a change from the silent-but-deadly persona that we normally get. Of course his dark good looks does help us to like him even more!

There is a LOT of slow passionate kisses between Tris and Tobias, leading to skimming bare thighs, leading to.........nothing! Now, if you’ve read my previous reviews, I don’t really like heavy handed intimate bedroom scenes. They have to be PG rating......okay 12 rating......12A? However, I though the author spent quite a good proportion of the book bringing Tris and Tobias closer in that respect, only to push them further away again. Their relationship, both physical and emotional was not going anywhere and it was getting a tad bit dull. Plus they are in a midst of a war and should not have time to occupy their minds in needless should-to-shoulder action if it’s not going to go anywhere else. But I would certainly admire Tris a lot more if the issue was to do with chastity.....but I hardly think that was it.

As I said at the beginning, I was slightly disappointed with this book due to mostly the plot. Nothing really happens for a god proportion of the book, in my opinion, just that Tris and her team jump from faction to faction without actually achieving anything. Now there were some parts that I did like, like knowing how the other factions functioned from Abnegation and Dauntless and I liked the idea of the inclusion of the Factionless as a secret weapon that helped the remaining Dauntless to fight the Erudite and their army. But overall, the whole story lacked any real depth. But what really annoyed me was that the secret at the end was nothing, NOTHING! Well nothing special. All it was, was that the ‘outside’ world was war torn and crumbling to pieces, which the Abnegation wanted all five factions to know and become aware of, whilst the Erudite faction did not, hence creating the serum that could control everyone. I mean come onnnnnn! What kind of secret and a conclusion to the book was that? I was actually thinking it was going to be this really mind blowing hushed project that someone was working on and that it could only be placed upon the Divergent. But this? I did not like it one bit. However, as I said before, it not all bad.....but not as good as I was hoping, considering where the first book finished off.

Notable quotes/passages: 
“Got that gun?” Peter says to Tobias. “No,” says Tobias, “I figured I would shoot the bullets out of my nostrils, so I left it upstairs.” 

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