Review: Insurgent – Veronica Roth

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Divergent #2

SYNOPSIS: 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. – via Goodreads

GRADE 5.5This is the second book in the Divergent trilogy. I would have assumed that this book would have more action than its predecessor, but I was evidently wrong. It seems that it was important for all the separate compounds to be revisited and what not. I got pretty edgy pretty quickly what with all the damn kissy kissy storyline the whole time between Tris and Tobias, and the continual hinting at sex. That whole thing was just totally incongruent to the story and the events that were going on around them. As though that was not bad enough, it soon escalated into Tris and Tobias fighting incessantly for absolutely no good reason, and silly childish fights, too. They do have a relationship that ranges from really sweet and intense to absolutely ridiculous, though ultimately I only want them together. They work, if they could just get over all their silly differences. Then there was Tris, who portrayed herself as so strong and invincible and all that, and suddenly a few things go wrong and she is shattered though still faking brilliance. She is whining and selfish and terrified. She is spineless and not brave, whimpering and crying all the time, she is not willing to think about anyone other than herself and that annoyed me endlessly. She had been presented as a character that I could get on board with, but here it was just a nuisance. Veronica Roth’s writing style seemed so limited here, there were repetitive lines about laced fingers and mouths fitting over each other perfectly and what not. Roth does not build up enough rapport with the characters she has here, and they are difficult to identify with and they don’t seem real. This way, when she kills them, it seriously lacks impact. The story in this one is a little weak. It started as something in the first one, but it seemed very scattered in this one. This was not a dreadful book, but it left me wanting a hell of a lot more. There were no real twists and turns, it was not exceptionally gripping and brought nothing particularly new to the table. I am seriously hoping that the third book brings some more fantastic action to the table!

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4 thoughts on “Review: Insurgent – Veronica Roth

  1. table9mutant says:

    Hmm. I’d been wondering about this trilogy and if I should make a start on it. This one sounds disappointing, though. There are so many young adult series around these days (this is young adult, right?) and I love them when they’re actually good (The Hunger Games) but hate wasting my time when they’re not (Twilight). Any recommendations? 🙂

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