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Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Pub Deets: May 2012, HarperCollins
Genre: Dystopian
Series/Stand Alone: Series

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Spoiler warning for Divergent! If you haven't read the first book in the series, you've been warned.

In a sentence or so: The fallout from the faction-wide simulation is pretty life altering for all of the factions. Tris and Four are trying to figure out what's truth, what's lies, and where they fit in how their rapidly changing society that's warring against each other. 

I took the advice of the internet and reread Divergent immediately before reading Insurgent, and I'm glad I did! You're plopped right into the action, which I love. They're on the run and don't know who to trust, where they're going or what will happen when they get there. So I was expecting a fast paced, nail biter of a book like Divergent.

But where Divergent had a completely Dauntless feel with the violence and dire circumstances and intensity, Insurgent is totally Erudite with the intellectual elements and moral questioning that Tris goes through with her inner monlogue. Are there action sequences? OBVIOUSLY. People die. Shit gets real. But ultimately we spend a lot of time inside Tris head as she wraps her brain around what created this divided society and what implications it has for her future.

Where Divergent felt more Dystopian, Insurgent felt more SFF with its government conspiracy theories and all the serum discussion and what not. Don't get me wrong, I dug it, but it certainly wasn't expected. The shining element of this read for me was seeing the inner workings of the other factions. World building forever!

While I wasn't crazy about the Tris/Four dynamic in Insurgent, I do have mad respect for Veronica for continuing to write about Four's past and history of child abuse. It wasn't something that Tris saw in his fear landscape and then disappears. It affects so many of his decisions without defining him as a character. Roth treats the subject respectfully without shying away from the damage it does to the individual.

I did feel like Insurgent had some middle book syndrome happening, but not enough to stop me from finishing the series. Bring it, Allegiant! Then I can finally go read all y'all's posts about the series ending and see what all the !!!! is about!

This book is for...
People who read the first one. Duh.
My review for Divergent. 

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  1. AHHHHH, only Allegiant left!! I really love your points about the SFF feel and the Erudite themes. Very true!! I literally cannot wait to talk to you about Allegiant...dying till then.

  2. I loved seeing the inner workings of the other factions too. I'm glad we got to explore a little more in this book. I wasn't mad about Tris' behaviour in this one, but I still couldn't help but love both characters. I look forward to seeing what you think of Allegiant! :)

  3. Insurgent was a surprise to me, but in the best way. Even though I certainly expected a lot of action, it actually worked for me that it was more introspective. I liked getting into Tris' mind a bit more, and watching her deal with all the situations that were unfolding in their lives! Here's to you reading Allegiant -- may you keep me posted on how it makes you feel :)

  4. I liked Insurgent, but I have to admit I couldn't keep up with all of the characters who came and went throughout the story. I should have made notes or paid better attention or something. At first I was annoyed at how much of the book was devoted to Tris dwelling on her fears and insecurities with her inner monologues and anguishing over decisions she made, was making, or had to make, but then I realized this is true to human nature. We obsess over things, too, and things more trivial than the experiences Tris has in the book. Now, on to Allegiant.

    Sidenote: In some ways this book reminded me of Wool by Hugh Howey. Wool is not YA, but I think fans of dystopian fiction will enjoy it. I did, anyway.


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