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.
[UPDATE 22/03/14] Today is a big day. I had this review written a long time ago. I wrote it the moment I finished the book, but it never got posted. A part of me was afraid, horrified, petrified even. I LOVED Divergent. It’s almost safe to say that Divergent was THE book of 2011. It quietly snuck up on me and BLEW ME AWAY.
Then… Insurgent… I just… Can’t. What bothered me most was when Goodreads prompted me to give Insurgent a rating, I knew it’s not going to be 5 stars. Insurgent. Sequel to my favourite of favourite books. NOT. A. 5. STAR. IT BOTHERED ME. I thought maybe I was reading the book all wrong. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood. Maybe I shouldn’t have read the glowing gazillion stars reviews. Maybe….
It’s not that 3 stars is bad. I have to make this clear: Insurgent is NOT bad. It was heartbreaking to accept that something I’ve loved so dearly isn’t as perfect as I made it out to be. So now, after Allegiant, after the Divergent movie, I’ve decided time to stop hiding. Time to move on from my frenzied state of book-lover-denial, time for closure =)
Go ahead with the review, no more girly whines, I promise! [END OF UPDATE]
the actual review
OH. MY. GOD.
(I am not in a coherent state right now so forgive me if I accidentally leak a spoiler.)
So let’s start with the end. Because. X-SQUEEZE ME? The whole book was working up to this big insane secret that Marcus was hiding, that the Abnegation died for. Everything zoomed out real quick and suddenly we are an insignificant speck in an enormous blob of chaos. UMMMM WHAT!!!!!!!!!! The Divergent are actually.. umm… uhh… *SPOILERS*. SO MUCH COOLER THAN I EVER IMAGINED. THIS. IS. OMG. I DON’T EVEN HAVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS. The world now makes so much more sense. Jeanine’s motivations, why they never go outside the fence, what ARE they guarding from outside the fence… I can imagine the final book going epic places. AHHHH!!!! This just opened up a whole new world of possibilities.
Okay now that we’ve kind of sort of dealed with that MAJOR SHOCKER. I need to talk about Tris. TRIS. Tris is the biggest issue I have with the book. You were my role model in Divergent. I looked up to you, your courage, your wit, your selflessness, your sass. You were my inspiration. But this whole trust issues with Four… Now we’re over the excitement of “oh, are they going to be together?” in the first book, here of course we get the angst. I AM NOT a fan of angsty love. Stop fighting. This is stupid. The whole Will and gun thing is so frustrating. You need a freaking gun, Tris, you are being shot at every other second. You need to talk to Four. He doesn’t read minds, how do you expect him to understand if you don’t talk to him?! SO MUCH TIME is wasted on these exact. same. exchanges. I AM SO DONE.
Tris and Four are strong individuals, and in Divergent, they proved that together, a whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. This… Love… It broke bit by bit. They let all the excessive mistrust and tension get in the way of their relationship, I sometimes feel like they don’t even understand each other like they did in Divergent anymore.
My respect for this series dies a little each time.
The action slows a lot in this book (until the last few pages or so), and instead, we get a taste of every faction. I’m fairly certain I’m not going to survive any of them! Amity and their “peace drug”, Candor and the “truth serum”… *SHUDDERS* Even the factionless have developed a stronger identity in this book and I enjoyed that. Though definitely not on the same level as I enjoyed the adrenaline rush in all the Divergent action, it was a very cool dimension that we never got to in the first book.
From a purely objective third party point of view, Insurgent was good. It suffered slightly from a “middle book syndrome” but the ENDING!!!!! Made up for that and more. But I can’t be objective with the Divergent series. I can’t help but constantly make comparisons to Divergent. I can’t bring myself to pretend it’s okay. IT IS NOT OKAY. I loved Divergent so much. I can recall every vivid scene from the Dauntless pit to the trains to Capture the Flag to the Erudite campus. I could picture any character living and breathing right before me. Tris… Four… I loved them so much. It’s sad.
I FEEL SO CONFUSED. OMG. The disappointment is killing me =( What do you think? Which book did you like better? Share your thoughts!!