Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Insurgent

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 525
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

If you don't know who the good guys are how do you know you are on the right side? You don't. Tris finds this out in Insurgent. Everyone has a secret. No one can be trusted. And some betrayals can never be forgiven. Like it's predecessor, Insurgent is full of action and suspense. Roth takes readers on a wild adventure that they won't soon forget. 

In Divergent, we saw Tris struggle in her attempts in becoming Dauntless. In Insurgent, we see Tris struggle to overcome what she endured during her quest in becoming Dauntless. In some ways, Tris is a much stronger character in Insurgent but in others she is much weaker. She's broken from everything she has lost. Her family is gone. She shot one of her best friends. Someone she thought was one of her best friends tries to hurt her then kills himself. Her best friend could very well hate her once she finds out what she did. And the boy she might just love, might not love her if he finds out her secrets or so she thinks. So yeah, Tris is a little screwed up in this book. She is haunted by the memories of shooting Will and can't bring herself to even hold a gun, much less shoot it. Yet, still she is strong. She does what she must do and puts herself in danger to save those she cares about. 

Four or Tobias as we know him more in this book, is shown in an entirely different light. We are allowed to see more of his weakness and more of who he really is. Tris and Tobias have there work cut out for them in the relationship department  in Insurgent. Neither of them is ready to fully disclose everything about their selves. Tris can't bring herself to tell Tobias about shooting Will and Tobias can't tell Tris what his plans really are. I really enjoyed seeing Tris and Tobias's relationship in this book because their relationship wasn't easy. Still, you could tell they both really loved each other. They struggled but their love for one another was pure.

One of the best parts about Insurgent is that we are able to see inside the other factions. Candor and Amity were both really interesting to learn more about. I loved how Amity was willing to lie to keep peace and Candor was more willing to tell the truth and go to war than tell a lie and not. The two factions were strikingly different. 

As I said earlier, Insurgent was full of secrets. Everyone was hiding something. Secrets will be revealed. Betrayals will be discovered. And the ending will have readers begging for book three!


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