Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2

Pages: 545

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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.

I read Divergent a long time ago and I didn’t like it. I thought I wasn’t going to keep reading the saga, buuuut here I am. I guess a 3-star mark is too much for this book. I must be feeling generous… Granted, it’s not as boring as the first one; but it lacks emotion and, more importantly, charisma everywhere.

As in the first book, we follow the story through Tris’ eyes. We have her, her fellow Dauntless mates, Abnegation survivors and some Erudite running all over that strange future trying to escape the evil Erudite scientists and Dauntless traitors. They need to forge some new alliances to go against the bad guys. The Erudite want to be the supreme leaders, controlling everyone with their simulations. Obviously, Divergent are a problem that they want to solve as fast as possible.

There should have been a lot of action taking into account what the author was trying to tell, but the book doesn’t have that much movement. It’s just some running, several places to hide and some weird plans to overthrow the Erudite faction. It’s not as boring as the first one… There are some bursts of action that keep things mildly enjoyable, but in the end the book feels hollow. More than 500 pages of an easy to forget story. I don’t think what we are told is even important for the saga… Not even the end, which was supposed to be a big revelation. A big disappointment if you ask me. But I will be a good reader and wait for a better explanation of the ending in the next book before whining about it too much.

Tris is obviously the main character of the story and a cancer to it. She is SO boring and her lack of charisma such a burden for this saga… Being a first person book that is a huge problem. There is no way around it. The reader can get away from a character that they don’t like. Tris is sadly everywhere… I could tolerate her if there were more respect for the rest of the characters. The author kills her creations in such an uninteresting way… It has gotten on my nerves, actually. Marlene, Lynn, Fernando… Why does she have to kill the few characters that make the book interesting? Even worst, their deaths are meaningless… And don’t me start talking about Caleb… I’m beyond pissed off. One time he is having a good time with an Abnegation survivor and the rest he is an Erudite jerk… What have I missed???

I love the faction division. What I do not like at all is the way the author is pushing how Dauntless are the cool guys. They are not cool at all. They are just a bunch of bullies who think they are very honorable. I hate how Amity, Abnegation and Candor are displayed in this saga… As if what they represent is something to be mocked. Something less than the “I do what I want” lifestyle of the Dauntless faction. That is one of the reasons I have such a hard time enjoying these books… Maybe with better main characters I could bear it (wishful thinking). Could Veronica rewrite the story with Christina and Uriah as the main couple? Dropping the first person point of view, please.

Talking about a couple… What a pain in the ass has been reading Tris’ and Tobias’ scenes. If that is what love looks like, let me stay single, please!! They lie all the time. They don’t trust each other and most of her conversations are just yelling and finger pointing. A very unhealthy relationship if you ask me…

And yet I have to insist that I have liked this better than the first one. Will Allegiant finally hook me up or will I forget this trilogy as soon as I end it? I will try to read the third one this year to answer that.

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