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Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

July 13, 2013
Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: HarperCollins | May 1, 2012
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Source: Bought
Series: Divergent
Divergent
Insurgent
Allegiant

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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.


Review:

     This is going to be a tough one to review because I really don't know how I feel about it. I certainly didn't love Insurgent as much as Divergent, but I don't hate it either. I wouldn't classify it as a meh read because I did care about the story and the characters. When I look at the Divergent series as a whole, I LOVE where the story is heading, Veronica Roth did an amazing job with the plotting, but overall I wasn't invested in this particular sequel and it was specially hard for me to get back in the story after taking few intervals. So the only conclusion I can come up with is that Insurgent being a well written book on one hand is a poorly executed one on the other.

     Insurgent starts off at the exact moment where Divergent ended, the survivors of the Dauntless attack on Abnegation through stimulation are on a train for Amity where they hope to find shelter. Tris, Four, Marcus, Peter and Caleb were the only one on the train as far as I can remember. The purpose in Insurgent for Tris and Four was to find the reason why Erudite and Dauntless attacked Abnegation in the first place and what that means for the future of all the factions. What I loved the most in Insurgent was the diversity in the world. We heard about all the factions in the previous books, but in this one, we actually visited every single one of them and saw how they operated as a society. What surprised me the most about Candor and Amity was the strength they had, instead of me-me-me nature like the Dauntless and Erudite, both the former factions were together and united throughout the ordeal as individuals. I loved that!

     One of the major reason I didn't enjoy Insurgent that much was TRIS! I don't know what the hell happened with her, but she fucking changed. For the worst. Tris was stupid, dumb and careless! I get that she is going through tough times: her parents died, she killed Will, the world is dying, but COME ON! Every person in that world was going through shitty times, she's wasn't the only one and I can safely say that everyone else was handled their issues much better than Tris did. There were so many life or death moments where Tris just gave up and Four had to save her ass every fucking time. Why? Because she can't handle violence anymore! You've got to be kidding me! Where is that fucking awesome Divergent girl I loved? Where is she? Tris made me so mad, you can clearly tell by the number of times I used fuck in this paragraph alone. I mean there's no other expression that can describe my feeling so accurately.

     Overall, I'm not very happy with Insurgent, though I loved that it ended with a BANG! That definitely made me feel better about this series and it's direction. I'm really hoping that Tris gets her act together in Allegiant and stop being depressed all the time. Plus, I really wish she opens up more with Four, all the secrecy is not really helping their relationship. I'm not expecting anything from Allegiant but I'm still crossing my finger that it ends up blowing my mind and makes me fall in love with this series all over again.



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19 comments:

  1. I think I DNFed Insurgent but I'm not sure. I think I'll re-read both books before Allegiant comes out. The problem I had with Insurgent is the same as you. Tris was being a total pain in the a** and I don't really wanna deal with her at that moment. That was the reason why I DNFed. And not a lot of action seems to be going on. Great review, Aman!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. Tris really got on my nerve, I couldn't believe she was the same character I loved in Divergent. It's a good plan to read it all before Allegiant, though I don't think I can read Insurgent again. One time was enough.
      Thanks :)

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  2. Tris was stupid, dumb and careless! I COULDN'T AGREE MORE! Strangely this series did not click for me at all. I get why many people loved Divergent since it's so action-packed and everything and while I can see why Divergent is so widely loved, Insurgent was even more of a let down. I agree to everything you said and the way Four was portrayed as the hero, saving Tris over and over and OVER again. It was so tiring and I didn't really see the romance. Great review, Aman!

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    1. There was no romance whatsoever, they were either fighting or not talking. The problem in this book was Tris, no matter how much I tries, I can't seem to like her. Divergent is still my favorite and I agree that there wasn't enough action in Insurgent.
      Thanks, Dianna!

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  3. I do completely agree with you about Tris. Though I actually really enjoyed this book, despite that. I loved that we got a better glimpse into the workings and manners of the different factions, but in retrospect, the story isn't perhaps as memorable as I first thought. (I've certainly forgotten a lot about it anyway) Still, I'm looking forward to the final one and hope it delivers. Lovely review, Aman! :)

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    1. I loved those glimpses too! They made the story more in a way. Too much happened in this book and most of it wasn't very important for the story, so I'm not surprised that you forgot it. I probably won't remember anything by the time Allegiant comes out.

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  4. Oh shit, I'm bummed you didn't love Tris. Though, I haven't even read this pretty yet. I'm waiting until fall so I can re-read Divergent, jump right into Insurgent and read Allegient right on top of these two. I'm glad it's moving in the right directin though. Btw, I see all those Tris-Peter shippers surface lately. What's up with that?! I don't even want to know, to be honest with you. I ship Four and Tris hard and in my eyes Four is the only candidate to win Tris's heart (and has already). I love their romance and to me there's no other competition to Tris's love. No way. I hope by the end of this series you'll be happy not one the crossroad of hate and love. Lovely review, sweetie!

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  5. It's been so long since I read this one that I feel like I really need to reread it. I know I'm invested in the story and characters, but it seems like she drove me slightly nuts too, I just don't remember. It's too bad you didn't love this, but that's just how it goes sometimes...

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  6. It's been awhile since I first read this one, and I loved it at the time - but I feel like if I was to reread it I would notice Tris's behavior - which I didn't the first time around. And it definitely did end with a BANG. I cannot wait for Allegiant.

    Fantastic review.

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  7. Hmm I thought these books were winners with everyone so it's good to see a review with an average rating. I still have yet to read this series, but when I do, I will be sure to keep all that you said here in mind!

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  8. Many bloggers felt the same about this one. I somehow could understand Tris and I really enjoyed this book. I mean you're right about it but in my head it all made sense. I have no idea how. Anyhow I hope Allegiant will be better for you :)

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  9. Oh sorry you didn't enjoy this book as much as Divergent Aman, I did enjoy this book but loved Divergent much more. I did really feel for Four in this book as Tris made him go through so much! I hope we both end up loving Allegiant! Fab review :)

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  10. i don't know why but I haven't picked up this series yet. Maybe I will when Allegiant comes out. I did read a ton of reviews where people said they were pissed at Tris in this book so, I guess I shouldn't expect much from her here. But anyways, hope your next read is awesome! Great review Aman! :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  11. I've heard Tris is a bit of a challenge in this book Aman, that's the main reason I've been putting off reading it. I hate when really strong, smart, and all around badass female characters suddenly shift in personality and all that I loved about them suddenly goes missing. Hopefully she returns to her former self in Allegiant and we get that girl we loved so much back!

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  12. I would have problems with Tris by the way you describe her in this. I have little patience for non-communication and whiny main characters. Ugh. I really enjoyed Divergent because Tris was so strong, doesn't sound like the case here. I think I'll wait to see what the general opinion is on the last book before I pick this one up. To be honest when so much time has passed between books I just can't bother to care as much what happens to them. :/ Great honest review, Aman. :)

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  13. I'm sorry you didn't like this one as much. I really enjoyed the sequel and felt Tris' behavior and feelings fitting for a teen in her situation and made her feel more real. I can see why some would be annoyed with it though. Now the wait for Allegiant!

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  14. Aw, sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Insurgent. I think I've read Divergent, but it didn't really leave a lingering impression so I wasn't too pressed to get Insurgent, but I'd probably dislike Tris too. I hate it when kick-ass characters do a complete character change. I mean, come on! I'm really curious about that ending, though. Great review, Amam :D

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  15. I'm about halfway through this book, but then put it down, because I wanted to wait until Allegiant was closer to its release. But I think I'll just re-read the whole thing. I've heard more people say they didn't like this one as much. :( Great review, Aman!

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  16. I had trouble with this one as well. I actually felt like there were a LOT of inconsistencies with the characters. Not only Tris but especially Caleb and Peter (it's possible i got those names totally wrong, it's been so long since I read this one!). I like when characters do unexpected things, but some of their behavior just seemed out of line with who they were intrinsically. I'm especially upset about Tris' brother! I'm actually not so sure what I think about the end, though it was certainly a surprise! I've read that this author doesn't plot her series, which may be why these books feel very haphazard to me. But they're still fun an addicting and I'm looking forward to Allegiant.

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