Insurgent by Veronica Roth Review
Amanda Leon Monday, January 27
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
One choice can transform you, or destroy you.
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.
Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off, quite literally. I finished Divergent and immediately started reading my copy of Insurgent and it felt like I was just continuing Divergent and we didn't get a time lapse where Tris just sums up their arrival and continues to the present business. I loved that Roth didn't do this. Showing them entering the Amity compound and talking to the 'leader' Johanna should have been fascinating. After all, this is a society that doesn't interact with each other and us as a reader only know the Dauntless and Abnegation sectors. Again, this should have been interesting and like everything else in this novel, it falls apart and doesn't quite deliver.
Breaking down the plot to its basic idea, it's the logical way to go from Divergent but I felt like Roth didn't really know how to juggle this story and it ends up being dull. I'm not exaggerating when I say that NOTHING HAPPENS. You could sum this book and realize that it didn't need to be 500 pages for what is was.
Another thing was the characters. Insurgent's beginning is linear, with Tris having gone through horrible trauma and had to avoid dealing with it due to the necessity of her survival and the adrenaline running through her veins. As everything calms down, she can finally start to deal with her losses. She's now an orphan, had to kill her best friend and watched both her parents die in cold blood and her home faction and her new one are in shambles. It's absolutely horrific and if she weren't to mourn or to feel guilt, it wouldn't be realistic but I felt like her behavior was so out of character for her. It didn't match the Tris in Divergent and I don't think she would have just laid down and died like she did in Insurgent. I didn't trust her as a narrator because she didn't want to admit that she was finding a way to repay her wrongs so she could die (saving Hector as a way to compensate for Will and going to Jeanine was like killing two birds with one stone) It was bizarre, not only the behavior which felt random but it didn't belong to Tris.
I was waiting for her to pull a Gotcha! Moment and admit to playing the weakling and be a badass. That would have been amazing. Tris and Tobias (AKA Four) felt extremely out of character for me and it felt like Roth just caused conflict just so something happened. I definitely saw the strings guiding the puppets, if you know what I mean. They acted so bizarre and irrationally for the sole reason to advance what little of the plot.
The ending plot twists were predictable and the final ending was a very Maze Runner plot twist. Eh. I understand that some books are fun and entertaining which this book certainly was, considering everything but if the world descended into chaos and anarchy, why create a little bubble of a society so they can learn human life lessons? In Chicago? If the world was so mad and violent as Amanda Ritter aka Tris' relative/ancestor was trying to make it sound, why put your little experiment in one of the most well known cities in the United States?! How has no one on the outside gone in to find out what's going on?
Dystopia is supposed to teach us as a society that if we continue to indulge in a path, we are sure to fall. But what's the lesson behind this dystopian society? Roth's world has many plot holes and I don't know if she seriously thought that this was a good dystopian concept. I do wonder what she has up her sleeve for the final installment to clear up the big jarring problems in this series, if they will be cleared up at all.
And on my goodreads, the novellas and companion novels that were released:
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