Monday, May 21, 2012

Insurgent Review

by Veronica Roth 
Divergent #2
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.

There are some books that are so engulfing, so absorbing, that they hurt to read. They make me forget how to breathe. They make me feel like there's a lead weight on top of my lungs and that my brain is floating in outerspace. Those are some of my favorite books to read. This is one of them. 

I read this book in nine hours, in one sitting. There was actually a part of me that wished I'd taken the time to slow down, just because once it was over I wanted more. It simultaneously ripped out my heartstrings and made me feel full of butterflies. I was actually in shock when I finished, wandering around the house like my mind was off floating in space and I didn't know what to do with myself. I have a general mistrust of "middle books" because they tend to just feel like bridges between the first and last books, but Insurgent put my mind at ease from the beginning. The only other middle book to affect me this deeply was Catching Fire. 

The dialogue in this book was fantastic. There were so many lines that I just had to read out-loud because I loved them so much. Four may be one of my favorite male characters of all-time. He's a great man, but he's not perfect.

I absolutely loved the world-building details, especially with Amity. I was shocked by their commitment to peace and their way of handling disputes, but I also loved their way of making decisions. It was fascinating how they solved the problem of giving everyone a voice without taking a lifetime to make one decision. I'm also a psychology major so the bits revealed about Divergent brain structure fascinated me. I hope there are more details in the future as to why certain serums affect Tris and others don't. 

Overall: 10/10 It was a great second installment to the series and I'm dying to get my hands on D3!


When Tris decided to give herself up and lied to Four about it, that was the only point where I stopped reading. I don't think I've ever been that hurt by a fictional character's decision. It took me awhile to come to terms with it and keep going. Not that that's a bad thing, it's actually a great thing for me to love a character that much. 

When they "executed" Tris, I seriously couldn't breathe. I'm still amazed by the fact that Peter was the one to save her. I adore that scene and the 'I love you' one. I love Four/Tris. I actually couldn't stop grinning when he came out with the tape. I had a feeling they were going to be a science experiment of some kind, but I wasn't expecting a relation of Tris's to be involved...