Author: Veronica Roth
Rating- 4/10 (what this means)
Recommendation: Ugh. I’m so disappointed. But if you’re like me, you have to know what happens…
Series: Number 2 in the Divergent series. It IS necessary to read in order of publication. (You can see my review for Divergent here.)
My Reading Method: Library Hardback- 1st edition
(If you are in the Madisonville area, check the library catalog here.)
“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.”
****WARNING- MY REIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS! Read on at your own risk!!!!!***
First of all, I loved Divergent. As in, loved-loved-loved-one-of-my-favorite-books-loved. It was the embodiment of my trifecta of sought after YA qualifications- 1) A smart, kickass heroine I could imagine being friends with 2) A semi non-encompassing love story that gives me little butterflies 3) Action. I do love action. Divergent had the perfect amount of each. (Again, have I mentioned how much I loved Divergent??)
Part of the reason this review is for four stars instead of three is because of my sheer love of the first book. I just don’t have the heart to rate it any worse (even though it probably deserves it).
On to Insurgent…
“Insurgent,” he says. “Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.” (Don’t you just love finding the title in the book?)
How this compares to my list…
Number One: A smart, kickass heroine:
What happened to seriously-awesome-kick-some-major-bootie Tris? I understand that she is going through a tragedy, but seriously? She’s crying on every other page… Remember in Divergent when she is stifling her tears on her fist night in Dauntless while being annoyed with Al for crying noisily? What happened to that girl? I miss that girl! She was tough and level headed and sure sometimes made mistakes, but come on… Even though the book picks up RIGHT where the first one left off (as in she takes a nap and wakes up= hello book two) I felt like I was looking at two different characters. Seriously, she cries a freaking lot. Sure, she has a good reason, but part of her charm was her self-control and ability push through tough situations. I got sooo annoyed with the tears.
She is an idiot. Ok, I’m totally going to have a spoiler here…. 1) We know that the Divergent can break out of simulations. 2) We know the simulations can do really harmful things- like turn unsuspecting Dauntless into murderers. Soooo…. In this book a simulation is set in motion that forces several people to kill themselves. The bad guy (ok, at least I like that the ‘bad guy’ is actually female for a change) then declares that in order to make this stop (because she’s going to make more Dauntless jump off a roof periodically) a Divergent will need to turn them self over to the Erudite. (Insert evil laugh here). *cough cough* CLEARLY what the bad guy is trying to do is create a serum that can control other Divergent. They need a Divergent to study! WHY would you want to turn yourself in? Sure you might save a couple people, but in the end it will only work for a week or two. When the new serum is developed EVERONE will turn into a mindless drone. It made me so freaking mad at Tris. I thought she was the biggest idiot in the world. I mean, I thought she was supposed to be smart?!?! (Well, that’s what we’re told, not what we’re shown.)
So overall, I didn’t like Tris anymore. I loved her in Divergent, but she was generally unlikable in Insurgent. I wanted to throttle her.
Number Two: A semi non-encompassing love story that gives me little butterflies
I love Four/Tobias. At least his character didn’t dramatically change. I loved their relationship. They were so sweet and cute and perfect together (though I thought the no-sex thing was a little unrealistic, given this particular story line, but whatever [Come on, there is zero parental supervision] something I blame on Twilight). But now? This definitely had second-book-relationship-spaz-syndrome. Be prepared for lying, manipulating, and he whole on-again-off-again thing that so frequently happens in teen books. (Ok, fine, I understand this is written for teenagers who go through a lot of on-again-off-again breakups of their own, but this is fiction for a reason. I read to enjoy a book. Not to be emotionally torn! That isn’t fun!) Additionally, I didn’t really see what Four saw in Tris through this book (Read #1- kickass heroine) and I didn’t appreciate the relationship. Especially the lying. It got incredibly annoying. Sneaking and lying do not a relationship make.
Also, a LOT of energy was focused on the relationship throughout the book. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a girly-lovey book as much as the next person. But this? I was just annoyed. Again, mostly because of the lying. In the end she’s showing that it’s ok to lie, as long as you THINK you’re doing the ‘right’ thing. UGH!!
Number Three: Action
Ok, so this book had a decent amount of action. However, this isn’t normal action, the story line turned political. Who do you trust? Who’s a bad guy and who’s a good guy? Blah blah blah… and Tris was just less awesome/strong than before, which made me really sad.
Sigh. But ok, I will say Insurgent at least had some action …
So far that gives the book one out of three. Not a great score. No sir.
Now, let me get to the plot. Let me just say, I had semi figured out the information Marcus was trying to retrieve by page 414. I think you will have figured it out, too. And you know what?? You could TOTALLY just tell people. Sure, it’s WAY dramatic to see a VIDEO, but come on… seriously? I felt like this was an incredibly weak plot. It made me think the book was pointless. Here is what you could probably do: read book one. Read the last five pages of book two. There you go. I think you’d be ready by book three.
This didn’t really feel like an entire book- which, at over 500 pages- is quite an accomplishment. It has a beginning and a middle… but not an END. Seriously. This is a cliff hanger!!! AND I HATE cliff hangers. With a serious-burning-all-consuming passion. Not only does it not give you any amount of closure, but the third book is scheduled for some undisclosed release date in 2013… awesome. LOVE being left hanging (note the sarcasm). My personal opinion? Even though this is a book in the middle of a series- it needs to be complete as a book… as in, possessing an ending.
Major fail, Insurgent, major fail.
Ugh, I’m just sooooooooo disappointed with this book. I had so much hope! I was invested! I needed it to be wonderful-awesome-fantastic-brilliant-all-consuming. That’s what I needed… and what I got was…. Eh, whatever… everything sucks now…. Booo.
Yup. That’s about it.
I wanted to love this book.
But I didn’t.
Ok, so some good things about the book: The writing is still well done. The characters are fully developed. I can totally imagine this little world. I think Veronica Roth is a damn good writer. I just didn’t like this one. (GRR!)
I’ll still read book three. I’m hoping it’ll be better than Insurgent. I LOVED Divergent, so I still have hope. (So much hope! Don’t let me down!!) Ms. Roth, please make Tris awesomely strong again and lose the annoying boy drama.
A version of this review can be found on my Goodreads account here.
Again, I encourage you to check out your local libraries. Additionally, if you prefer an eReader, many libraries have access to free downloads. If you are in the Madisonville area, use R.E.A.D.S (all you need is your library card number- the number on the back under the barcode). If you are in the Knoxville area, a link is given directly to the ebook from the catalog. Check the Knoxville library catalog here.
Also, while I’m on my soap box; if your library does not have a copy of a book you are looking for, check to see if it can be borrowed from another system. Many libraries have access to interlibrary loan (ILL). Use your resources! It does not have to cost a fortune to read the books you want!