Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A story about choices: Insurgent

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
My Rating: 4.75/5

"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."

*mild spoilers*

This review will be on the short side...ish...because I'm tired...and because I can't wait for the third book to come out!

In most series, the pattern is that the first one always tends to be the best (with the exception of Harry Potter). I was worried this would happen to Divergent, and I'm so very happy to announce: it didn't! 

Insurgent did not disappoint. In many ways, I think it far outshone Divergent.

Pacing. The pacing in Insurgent is much better than Divergent, with less "meaningless" episodes and more logical, emotional events that will make you laugh and cry and get so nervous/frustrated you wan't to punch a wall.

Relationship. Who else thinks romance without a triangle worked perfectly fine? I was wondering whether Roth would put a love triangle in here, and I'm glad she thought better. With such thick events (war, deaths, grief, etc) going on, a triangle would seem unnecessary. The relationship between Tris and Tobias alone was satisfying enough, and full of tension and emotion.

Emotion. I think Roth did a spectacular job on this. Since her mother is a psychologist, there is no wonder how accurate some of the scientific facts in this books are (the explanation about functions of brian parts, etc). I like how things make sense in this book-it strengthens the reading experience immensely (not saying Divergent didn't make sense).

One thing lacking, though, if anything, would be Roth's character-building. Her world-building is clearly fascinating, but she seems to do not as well in characters. In Insurgent, I didn't feel as attached when some characters died, because Roth simply didn't flesh them out enough for me to root for them. The only characters whose intentions I truly understand are Tris, Tobias, sometimes Christina, and sometimes Christina. I think Marcus definitely needs to be worked on the next book.

Overall it was better than Divergent and a truly thrilling read. I loved it!

*fangirl moment*
YAY TOMORROW'S FOURTRIS DAY!! 6/4 ("six and four, four and six"-well technically there could be two fourtris days...)

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