Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
[Rating]: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Published: 1st May 2012 by Harper Collins Australia
Format Read: Paperback, 525 pages
Synopsis: “I HAVE DONE BAD THINGS.
I CAN’T TAKE THEM BACK,
AND THEY ARE PART OF WHO I AM.
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.
Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.”(Taken from Goodreads)
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It’s been a while since I’ve read Divergent (not really, maybe 10 months), and I will admit that I’ve forgotten most of the plot and storyline in the span of time. I never really planned to reading Insurgent as it wasn’t at the top of my TBR list, but the spoilers going around about Allegiant got me moving. And fast! I never clicked on a post regarding Allegiant because I was worried it’d ruin the story for me, so to combat that I decided I might as well finish the series. But in order to do that, I had to read Insurgent first.
I picked up this copy of the book at one of those book sales in the middle of Westfield Shopping Centre where everything was around $5. So I managed to get this book really cheap! Unfortunately, it’s the Australian version with the UK cover and I personally prefer the US cover much more. My copy of Divergent is with the US cover, so they’re just going to look quite awkward next to each other. Oh well.
Insurgent picks up right from where the previous book left off. I applaud Roth for being so consistent with the story as she remembers each and every injury that most of her character sustained. Great story progression and attention to detail makes someone go from a good author to a great one in my eyes. While I was quite lost at the start of the book, I started to ease myself back into the story in no time.
Most part of this book follows Tris and Tobias (Four) as they run around from faction to faction trying to figure out what to do. While nothing essentially happened, it was really nice to get a good look into each of these factions and the way they each worked. Each one is so honestly unique, and it was awesome to see how each one influenced its people and the way they behaved.
Following from the first book, where half a war occurred as Jeanine placed most of the Dauntless under a simulation and sent them out on a killing spree in Abnegation, we see the Dauntless faction divided as half of them become traitors and join the Erudite in hunting down the Divergents. The remaining loyal Dauntless, including Tris and Tobias, move from faction to faction in order to figure out what to do.
In Insurgent we see Tris really open up to herself and her Divergentness. The events from the first book has left her with nightmares and post-traumatic stress/depression, especially with the death of her parents and the death of her friend Will. Tris starts to make some rather rash decisions as she believes in order to repent, she had to give up her life as her parents did for her. Even when Tobias begs her to think about her actions rationally, and to not throw her life away, she continues to do things her way. This earns her the status of Insurgent towards the end of the novel, which is “a person who acts in opposition to the established authority”. Definitely a good way to describe her in this book because she continuously goes against everyone else’s’ suggestions.
While I don’t really recall how Tobias, or Four, acted in the first book, I do remember him being quite stoic and withdrawn. He breaks a little out of the mould this time round, and we see a lot more emotion from him. I’m definitely not sure his real name fits him that well, especially with his personality. Tobias and Tris are both hiding quite a lot of secrets from each other, which strains on their relationship, but they always seem to be able to bounce back. I loved that Roth was able to portray their relationship in such a realistic way. They argue, they disagree and they flirt. All in the amount. While Tris is strong herself, Tobias is always there to pick her up when she falls or push her on when need be. They have a great dynamic going, even during the worst of times.
In terms of plot, it was really slow going. There was a lot of planning and talking and killing throughout the novel, all to build up the reader’s suspense for the grand reveal. And it was worth it. I loved that Roth expended quite a lot of energy in developing this world and it was nice to see how it worked first hand. But it was cliffhanger ending that really kept me reading and powering on. The ending while not surprising, was much needed just to confirm my suspicions of Jeanine’s plan and why she needed to control everyone in order to get to her final outcome.
Overall, it was a great second book – albeit the amount of people that died. I am really surprised with how many people Roth actually eliminated in 525 pages. I’m looking forward to finally finishing the third book, so I can’t finally read the spoilers!