Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Insurgent: Veroncia Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

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.


{{The review below contains spoilers}}

Insurgent is the very much awaited sequel to Veronica Roth's startling debut novel, Divergent. Divergent as you may know was centered around Tris and her choices in regards to her family and her faction. 

Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, and Amity are the different factions, what faction you choose depends solely on what you believe as each faction has their own beliefs and attitude in regards to the world. 

Divergent was an amazing book, for anyone who read it, and I did not think the follow up to it could be even more surprising than the first book in series, but it was. 

In all honesty writing this review--gathering my thoughts on it, is difficult because of everything (!!!!!!!!) that happened in this book. So much happened, so many heart aching deaths and absolutely disgusting betrayals. 

First off, Tris is filled with grief over everything that happened in the previous book, her parents, Will, her faction, Markcus; for a lot of the book she kept the secret of what happened with Will to herself, and every time Four reaches out to her, and asks what's wrong, I was holding onto the edge of the book, mentally screaming at her to tell him. It was a very exciting and engaging follow up. 

We are introduced to an entire new set of characters--some old, some new--and there are just too many deaths in this book. *Sniff-sniff* The saddest probably being Lyn and Fernando. 

What I love most about Divergent and Insurgent is the themes Veronica Roth presents us with, betrayal, love, trust, beliefs, ect. they all play a huge role in this book, you can really see how Tris is Divergent because of the way she thinks, there are distinct similarities between the beliefs of her faction and the others in the way she thinks. 

What I love most about this book is the powerful voice of Tris. 
She always tries to do what is right, and can we just take a minute to appreciate how awesome that is, there are many people in reality that are not half as strong willed as her, doing what is asked of them, despite their inner compass telling them otherwise. It may be strange, but I can see our world within the confines of these pages. Something I could hardly believe when I was reading it was how the people in each faction are so similar to people in reality, or my own life. You can really relate to this book on that level and many others.   

I was surprised at two main points in this book--Christina's ability to forgive and Caleb's complete betrayal--of course there was Peters help but that just goes without saying that it was odd and unexpected, even when I began to get the idea that Peter was on the 'good' side, I still figured that Caleb was on Tris' side! Obviously I was proven wrong. But then towards the end (once again Veronica Roth presents us with another look inside each of their minds) we actually begin to understand why Caleb did what he did, even though I still agree with Tris on the point that it was cowardice that motivated him. 

What I love so much about this book is that Tris is a kick-ass hero who has really screwed up in some ways--shooting Will. (I'm sure I'm not the only one who was yelling at her to shoot him in the foot instead). And I can't begin to explain how much I love that Veronica Roth gives the right amount of time to PTS (Post-traumatic stress). I hate it when characters are unreal in the way that their emotions are presented as simple, I've read from reviews on Goodreads that people found the beginning of the book a "Snorefest" because of Tris' feelings, I'll skip over the part about being annoyed at people for that and say I completely disagree. Veronica Roth THANK YOU! You have presented us with real-life emotions that don't cop-out after the first page. You've given us a seriously real character with mistakes and flaws--you've made a character messy, and human, and so much like us. 

Good job. 

Seriously, you rock. 

(I digress) 

Tris becomes increasingly unstable throughout this book--she's filled with heart wrenching guilt and sadness, and throughout the book--in about the middle of the book it is so clear that she wanted to die--it just broke my heart, one reason we read is to know we're not alone and I think that this really relates to this book. Tris has problems, is reckless at times, but is strong, and realizes how much she wanted to live. 
It was something else to be inside the mind of someone so manic and sad, Veronica Roth I still can't get over how real the emotions were in this book. 

The ending will be summed up in gifs found all over Tumblr and the internet in general. 

The ending was a quick sucession of events that each felt about as good as being punch in the stomach and having water spilled all over you. 

Tris lies to Four, Christina is shot, Edward's a crazy jerk, my reaction?

Tris faces her fear and "kills" herself;

Tris fights Tori; 

Tori kills Jeanine; 

Four doesn't believe Tris;

Four comes back;

The ending; 

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