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Insurgent by Veronica Roth
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Insurgent (2013)

by Veronica Roth

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Series: Divergent (2)

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This book picks up where Divergent ends, with Tris on the run, along with a few others that have survived with her. Now they are mainly concerned with staying alive and ending the conflict.

There are surprises in this book, more things about how unsettled things really were come out. I had two problems with this book. One was that I kept thinking Tris and her friends were all much older than 16, I also didn’t like how Tris felt she had to solve everything herself and couldn’t trust anyone else. The first led me to thinking why is she acting like that? Only to remember, she’s only 16. The second was very annoying and old fast.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first, but I still recommend it. Nothing gets to crazy, the story still moves quickly and the values of friendship and teamwork, which pretty much have to be hammered into some people’s head prevail.

There is another book coming out in September, I haven’t decided if I will read it. I’m not tired of this series I just have a lot of books to be read. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
Definitely not as good as Divergent. The relationship between Trice and Tobias doesn't feel real in this book. It seems like they hate each other and they have no reason to still be attracted to each other. ( )
  KamGeb | Feb 14, 2015 |
I don't know how to rate this book. The end was exciting (and finally explained how this society came about), but most of the book was a muddle. The characters are interchangeable names with no real personalities of their own. Christina, Marlene, Lynn, Shauna... all the same. I couldn't even really keep track of them all. If they died, it meant nothing, except that a name would be used less. This book had no emotional impact at all, and the plot is so complex I'm not really sure who is in the right or even what really instigated the war. Most of Tris's actions made zero sense - she accepts premises with no evidence, and isn't the same character she was in the last book (it's like she turned into Bella from Twilight). Even Tobias (AKA Four) acts like a different character in this book.

It really was a muddle of a book. 500 pages of nothing happening except for Tris being depressed and unable to really function, then 20 pages of action. The villain was killed too quickly without ever really being developed beyond the "cobra commander" level of evil. While the five faction conceit worked in the first novel (despite being ridiculous on the face of it), this book simply shows that there is no way this could work - and, seriously, this was just a badly written and badly plotted book wherein the main character cannot make a justifiable decision at any point. I had to force myself to finish the book - it was boring.

Also, why wouldn't Marcus tell Tris the big reveal? There was no real justification, except that the author wanted a big reveal at the end to shock all the characters. Writing tip: Characters shouldn't be aware of the author's agenda - they should have realistic motivations of their own to achieve the author's goals. Marcus did not have any reason to hold this information from Tris.

Also, Four (Tobias) was a moody jerk in this one... and he lacked realistic motivations for his choices. Basically no one in this novel made justifiable choices for their actions. ( )
  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
I can't really say if I like this one more than the first one or not. I probably feel about the same about both of them. They were entertaining to read at the time, but after some thought, don't hold up well. While this book works to explain the events that happened in the last book, I don't find it overly convincing or believable. Now before anybody gets on my case about complaining about the believability of a dystopian novel, let me explain my idea of what makes a good one.

The major thing, for me anyway, that makes dystopian novels great is the fact that some part of them is based on current issues. While crazy things happen that are destructive and horrifying, there is some inkling of the world that is imagined/how the world got to be that way that is similar to how our world works today. Like Orwell's Big Brother concept and how cameras and social media can track our every move as you read this. We can find a connection between our current events and the events of the dystopian world that makes the novel disturbing. To me, the dystopian novel should make us wonder to ourselves, "Is this where we are headed?". I didn't get that from this series.

There were also some glaring holes that would actually distract me from the story. Such as, why Tris and Four spend most of the book sneaking around and sometimes just walking straight into places that are supposedly on high alert for them. Did nobody send out a memo? Did nobody make a sketch of them and tell the guards that if they see someone that looks like that to arrest them? And this didn't just happen once or twice. This happened throughout the entire book! They never even disguised themselves! This was highly annoying and caused my eyes to roll.

Another thing that has been bothering me while reading this series is that I increasingly dislike Roth's writing. Her use of commas sometimes makes very little sense and often confuses the meaning to the sentence. (This can also be due to bad editing. Why did nobody catch these?) She also uses the word "breaths" instead of "breath" which often didn't flow well. While I don't believe it is technically wrong, it is jarring to read.

Overall, this was an okay book. It's a good fast read, but if you want something with more substance to it I would go with something else. There really isn't much to this one, and while there was some potential, I don't believe that this book is a good example of what dystopian novels can really achieve when done well. ( )
1 vote kell1732 | Jan 25, 2015 |
I wasn't crazy about this. It's holding on to its three stars by its toenails, because I did finish wanting to continue on to the last book--but, well, almost not. What first intrigued me about this series from the first book were the factions, which so reminded me of the Houses in Harry Potter and the implied critique of "sorting" people into groups with a few or one overriding value, and how those values can become corrupted. I also liked our action heroine/narrator Tris quite a bit, even if she at times didn't strike me as a very plausible teenager, nor is she as distinctive and appealing a character as say Rowling's Hermione or Collin's Katniss.

Overall, I wasn't thrilled with how Roth continued to develop the factions in this book, even if I did appreciate how she showed the dark side of most of them. But if I didn't particularly care for how Gryffindor-centric the Harry Potter books were--well, I'm out and out repelled by the Abnegation faction, Roth's answer to "What Would Jesus Do?" That may be the reason right there, since I'm no fan of Christianity even though I was raised in it--I'd never choose to live their way, and I'd resist being ruled under them. Although Roth does have some ambiguous and ruthless characters coming from Abnegation, I'm still left feeling we're supposed to embrace their ideals of selflessness. Moreover, about half-way through the book Tris acts in a way that embodies those ideals, in a way so stupid I almost slammed down the book and gave up. There was also another plot point in the book where supposedly brilliant people acted in a way stupid beyond belief. The series got a pass on that one only because a comment of one character implied not all was as it seemed, so I'm holding out hope it's explained in the last book.

Also, I have yet to fall in love with any of the characters, even though I'm sure Roth is only slightly less in love with her Tobias than Stephenie Meyer is with her Edward. At least neither Tobias nor his relationship with Tris is anywhere near as nauseating and dysfunctional as that central to the Twilight series and if Tris is no Hermione or Katniss, at least she's no Bella--for which, much thanks. (And Roth is a better writer than Meyer, even if not imo as striking and imaginative as Rowling or Collins.)

It is at least an easy fast read--and I was left just curious enough about the outside world about to be revealed to us I am now speeding through Allegiant. The friend who first brought this series to my attention says the series gets better, and Tris' arc is strong. We'll see if I find that true in the last book. ( )
  LisaMariaC | Jan 15, 2015 |
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I won't write a spoiler here, but Veronica Roth really has a way of wrapping up the end of the story while leaving the reader gasping at the revelation, and desperate to read more.
 

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Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.

-From the Candor faction manifesto
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To Nelson,

who was worth every risk
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I wake with his name in my mouth.
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Tris Prior survives the Erudite simulation attacks that occur during the time she expected to be celebrating her achievement of being ranked first among the initiate class of her chosen faction, Dauntless. Even though the Dauntless have been freed from Erudite mind control, a war develops and secrets emerge.
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"As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent 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"--… (more)

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