Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Review: Insurgent



Insurgent Review

Title: Insurgent
Series: Divergent trilogy
Author: Veronica Roth

Hardcover, 525 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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Insurgent is the second book in the highly popular Divergent trilogy.  I’ve heard from several people it is their least favorite out of the three and, “You just have to get through it so you can get to Allegiant”.  I did not really feel that way I love the entire series and read them in the course of three weeks.  The beginning of Insurgent takes place about 4 seconds after the end of Divergent—which is why it’s so important to read it shortly after you finish the first book.  If you made the mistake of waiting before reading Insurgent (which has no recap what so ever), that’s okay because Veronica Roth has made a cheat sheet on her blog (http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/but-i-read-divergent-year-ago-your.html) .  I have not read the cheat sheet because I gobbled up this trilogy in less than a month. 

If you have not read Divergent this review and summary won’t make a lot of sense, also if you haven’t read Divergent and you plan to I would skip reading this.

11735983The book starts out with the gang—Tris, Tobias, Peter, Caleb, and maybe some other folks—on a train headed to Amity in search of sanctuary from the Erudites.  When they get to the Amity sanctuary there many members of other factions there who are also looking for a safe place to live.  I really enjoyed this part of the books because I got to know the ends and outs of the Amity compound just like I had Abnegation and Dauntless.  Also, Tris learns a lot about herself and her society while at Amity—she explores the feelings she had about her parents, guilt about Will, whether forgiving about her brother, Caleb, is an option, and she learns to respect the Amity people.

Eventually, they must leave Amity and go to Candor.  In Candor Tris and Tobias are forced to take the Truth Serum in front of an audience of Candors and refuges.  Tris’s deep darkest secret—that she killed Will while he was under the simulation—is now known by everyone, including Christiana.  We also learn that Tobias  left Abnegation to escape his father’s brutality.  I thought this part of the book was very good, often times in YA books lovers too easily accept that they have been lied to.  This was not the case; both Tris and Tobias have to live with the fact that they have hurt the other by lying, but also was hurt by being lied to.  Through this you see both the good and the bad of living like a Candor.  Sometimes truth necessary to mend a relationship, but deception is often easier.  While in Candor, a lot happens with the Erudites and with Eric—the Dauntless leader who is actually loyal to Jeannine.  I don’t want to give any of that away because it’s so exciting and fast-paced. You just HAVE to read it.

In this book, the reader learns a lot about peoples pasts—especially Tobias.  We also learn that Uriah is a Divergent, which I was super psyched about he has always been one of my favorite minor characters. The readers learn about Amity, Candor, and the Factionless by the time you finish this book you have a good understand of how Tris’s world works.  But, don’t get too comfortable not until you read Allegiant. ;)

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 One of the reasons I like Veronica Roth so much is because Tris’s world and the emotions of the characters seem so real.  In a world that is full of fighting and battles it makes since that many characters die—even the ones you have grown attached to.  And the character’s emotions are so real; many of the characters have problems with regret, trust, and forgiveness.  Sometimes a character will forgive someone, but not someone else.  At first it seems illogical, but then you think. “Have I ever been illogical when it came to forgiveness?” Certain you have! We all have.  I also love how Tris has a different and unique relationship with each character.  It seems natural that she becomes closer to Uriah when she finds out that he is Divergent, or how she is skeptical and cautious around Cara—Will’s sister.  All in all I love Insurgent—Veronica Roth has a talent for weaving together an intricate and beautiful story that leaves you yearning for more.

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