Review: Insurgent

Title: Insurgent [Divergent #2]
Author: Veronica Roth

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.

“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

Ever thought of a world without your parents? World where the guilt of killing your own friends claws you from beneath the surface and the remanence of the war only creates a brutal world for you to live in? Well, that is how the story begins, full of problems with no answers. I was truly fascinated by how realistic the feeling of wanting death could be. Even though I have never thought of it, when I read through the book, I understood that everyone has a reason for living. When a person loses all of those reasons, they have to look within themselves and people around to find new reasons. This book assembles humans in a completely different way and gives you a bone-chilling ride through the way of humanity. The title itself “Insurgent”” means ‘a person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as belligerent’, and with that title, you know that the books gonna be awesome!

The thing about this books is that since it is written in first person, all the characters are from her perspective. It also hides the full picture of what all the characters are thinking, or what their actions represent. The first thing everyone should know about this books is that all the characters are defined by the faction they are placed in.  Dauntless: Fearless. Abnegation: to refuse or deny oneself. Erudite: characterized by great knowledge. Condor: state or quality of being open. Amity: friendship, peaceful harmony. Some of the characters in the book who possess multiple faction qualities are known as “Divergent”. (Which is also the name of the first book by Roth). Beatrice Prior, is an amazing character. Her personality deviates drastically but her struggles and bravery makes her truly worthy of being a divergent. Tobias also being divergent, (who btw is is Tris’s bf) tries to keep Tris in place during the time of her depression but Tris always breaks all the rules he makes, which results in a good ending. The rest of the minor/ major characters have a definite personality that feels like it’s built upon someone that everyone can connect to.

In all honestly, the lying, the betrayal, the backstabbing was very annoying, and yet absolutely necessary in this novel. As irritating as Tris was in many points in this book with her layers of lies, I found myself agreeing with her on many aspects. Especially about truths, as well as Tobias’ view of her. Even though she lied, they were fairly calculated lies by the end, and, though irritating, they did make the plot move, in some ways, lying was the only way.

In this book, Tris is faced with guilt, grief, betrayal, as well as a number of choices that could go any which way. But will she face them with the same selflessness as her parents? She always did say Abnegation just wasn’t for her…

I love this series and I am waiting for the next book to come out. It says it’s to come out in fall of 2013, which seems like a long time to wait, but being the last book of a trilogy, I would expect it to be nothing less that AMAZING.

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
World Building: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.31/5

Quotes:
“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”

“You die, I die too.” Tobias looks over his shoulder at me. “I asked you not to do this. You made your decision. These are the repercussions.”

“I love Tris the Divergent, who makes decisions apart from faction loyalty, who isn’t some faction archetype. But the Tris who’s trying as hard as she can to destroy herself … I can’t love her.”
I want to scream. But not because I’m angry, because I’m afraid he’s right. My hands shake and I grab the hem of my shirt to steady them.
He touches his forehead to mine and closes his eyes. “I believe you’re still in there,” he says against my mouth. “Come back.”

“I am tired of being Tris. I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are a part of who I am. Most of the time, they seem like the only thing I am.”

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